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Headquarters 6th Marines,
Camp No.2, Base Section No.2, France,
December 24, 1917.

No. 1.

1. General Pershing has issued General Orders No. 77 from American Army Headquarters, dealing with the questions of venereal disease and intemperance. The following extracts are published for guidance and strict compliance.

2. All Commanding Officers are directed to give personal attention to matters pertaining to the prevention of venereal disease. They will at all times support the medical officers charged with the management of prophylactic stations and assist in every way possible the prevention and eradication of venereal affections. No laxity or half-hearted efforts in this regard will be tolerated. It is expected that positive results will be obtained and that all supplementary means to aid in that attainment will be encouraged. The number of effectives in a command is an index of its efficiency and this depends upon the efficiency of the Commanding Officer.


3. At ports of debarkation, by earnest co-operation with the French authorities and if necessary, by the use of a military sercret [sic] service, every endeavor will be made to locate the habitations, rooms or apartments and sections of town occupied by women engaged in prostitution. All such places will be considered "off limits"; they will be described and conspicuously posted in each company or detachment, and the visiting or frequenting of these places by members of the A.E.F. will be prohibited. The provisions of this paragraph should be enforced by local commanders at all other towns and places where troops are stationed or billeted when existing local conditions indicate the advisability of such action.

4. Commanding Officers of all troops will insist that men of their command whenever exposed to venereal disease will report to prophylactic stations as soon as possible after exposure and always within a period of three hours. Venereal prophylactic stations will be established by local commanders at convenient and inconspicuous places in each battalion and at or near various entrances to the camp; these stations will be placed under the charge of a competent non-commissioned officer of the Medical Department and a well instructed private will always be kept on duty to administer prophylaxis. There will be posted at all prophylactic stations copies of General Orders Nos. 6, 34, this order and other literature narrating the prevalence of venereal disease and describing the proper methods of prophylactic treatment. Particular attention must be given to these stations which should contain a waiting place protected against the weather, a clean sanitary treatment room with privacy, proper equipment, and technique to inspire confidence in the men, who should have impressed upon them the importance of early prophylactic treatment...... Men returning to camp will be questioned by the guard and if exposure to venereal infection is acknowledged, the men will be directed by the guard to a prophylactic station. Officers are informed and men will be told that there is a vital necessity for instituting early treatment if venereal disease developes and these diseases must be reported to medical officers as soon as they are discovered or suspected.

5. Should men return to camp in an intoxicated condition they will be seized by the guard and taken to a prophylactic station where treatment will be administered by the non-commissioned officer in charge of the station. Cases of drunkenness should be subjected to prompt disciplinary measures.

6. Upon the departure of regiments or other organizations from ports of debarkation, the senior medical officer of the Base section will report by telegram to the Surgeon, Line of Communications, and to the Chief Surgeon, A.E.F., the designation and strength of the organization, name of the commander, and the number of cases of venereal disease discovered or contracted by its personnel during the stay of the organization at the port of debarkation. These reports will be filed at these headquarters with the personal records of organization commanders, and will be used as a basis in determining the commander's efficiency and the suitability of his continuing in command.


7. Commanding Officers at all places where our troops may be located will confer with the local French authorities and use every endeavor to limit the lowest possible number the places where intoxicants are sold. It is desired that these authorities be assisted in locating non-licensed resorts which should be reported immediately to the proper authority for the necessary action.

8. Soldiers are forbidden either to buy or accept as gifts from inhabitants, whiskey, brandy, champagne, liquors or other alcoholic beverages, other than light wines or beer. The gift or retail sale of these by inhabitants in the Zone of the Army is forbidden by French Law. Commanding Officers will see that all drinking places where alcoholic liquors named above are sold, are designated as "off limits" and the necessary means adopted to prevent soldiers visiting them.

9. In compliance with above the Regiment is advised that our present low rate of venereal trouble is undoubtedly due to the fact that previous orders as to the use of prophylaxsis [sic] have been intelligently observed. To keep the list down to a minimum arrangements have been made at the Headquarters and Third Battalion infirmaries to administer prophylaxsis at any hour of the day or night. Its use within three (3) hours after exposure is almost positive proof against infection. Any delay beyond that time increases the danger. Men exposing themselves in Bordeaux should seek the treatment there, as this will materially cut down the chance of disease, a court martial, and the Regiment will go to the front with a high percentage of effectives.

10. A new prophylactic station, located at 24 Rue Dolphine has been opened in addition to the station at 4 Cour de Gourgue, Base Headquarters.

11. Prophylactic Stations for public use have been established at the following places:

(a) 24 Rue Dolphine.
(b) Phoenix Construction Company, Bassens.
(c) 6th U. S. Marines, Camp Genicart. 1 2 3 4
(d) Co. "B", 19th Regt. Engineers, Cascern Nan Souty, Bordeaux.
(e) Provost Guard Cantonment, Casino de Lilas, Bordeaux.
(f) U. S. Army Base Hospital No. 6, Talence,Bordeaux.
(g) Co."A", 18th Engineer Regiment, Bassens.
(h) Hdqrs.Base Section No.2, No.4 Cour de Gourgue, Bordeaux.
(i) Detachment 10th Reg. Eng. Forestry,Pontenx,Landes, France.

12. Company Commanders will have all men report in person to the Regimental Surgeon when a member of his command is returned to duty from Base Hospital No. 6. This is necessary in order that a man's Health Record may be completed as Army Surgeons will make no notes in Navy Health Records.

13. This order will be read two (2) successive days and posted on the Company Bulletin Board.

(Sgd) F E Evans
  Major, U.S.M.C.
S/ Commanding 6th Marines.

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Headquarters 6th Marines,
Camp No.2,Base Section, No.2,
France, December 27, 1917.
NO. 2 )

1. In compliance with General Orders No. 63, H.A.E.F., every officer must carry on his person an identity card with his photograph thereon. This card will also be in addition to the leave or travel order. For travel by rail this identity card, supported by proper travel order or leave order, will give the right to a railway warrant issued by the representative of the Quartermaster Corps, if traveling on official business, or to a ticket at military rate if traveling on leave.

2. The identity cards herewith delivered are to be returned with signature of holder, corresponding with entry on card, and with photograph pasted in proper space, so that they may be forwarded to the Adjutant General for his signature.

3. Those officers who are stationed in Base No. 2, may have photograph of prescribed size taken at the Lumina, 25 Rue St. Catherine, at the special rate of three (3) for two (2) francs. It is recommended that their photographs be taken there as this price is based on the number of officers in Base No. 2.

(Sgd) F E Evans
  Major, U.S.M.C.
S/ Commanding 6th Marines.
Copy furnished Regimental Surgeon  
1st Battalion  
3rd Battalion 84th Company
Bat.Sur.3rd Battalion 97th Company
Headquarters Co. Captain Voeth at Tours
Supply Co. Lt.Marshall at La Courtine
73rd Company Lt.Eddy at Beau Dusert
82nd Company 95th Company at Brest
83rd Company  

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