June 3, 1919, Vol. 2, No. 35


“Y” Man Killed Abroad Honored By Associates

          As A memorial to Richard W. Strong, Jr., The only “Y” man from Camp Upton who made the supreme sacrifice for his country, a service was held on Memorial Day in YMCA, Hut No. 31.

          Mr. Strong, who was familiarly known as “Dick” to his countless friends in camp, service for several months on the staff of that hut until he was called to the colors. He was killed near Verdun on October 28 last.

          Mr. Morse, The building secretary, referred in feeling terms to his former associate. He read a fine letter from Mr. Starkey, who was the building secretary last year, and another message from Corporal Strong’s immediate commanding officer, Lieut. R. M. Laird, of Co. C, 316th Infantry. The officer was with Corp'l. Strong when he was killed and paid a high tribute to his fearlessness and soldierly qualities.

          Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Ridenoour, of Hut 36. Mr. Welsh, Camp Religious Director of the “Y,” made an address.

          After the service a beautiful evergreen was planted in the yard and a bugler sounded “Taps.” Several members of Corp'l. Strong’s family were present.



Shaft Will Be Erected To Honor Upton's Dead

          A permanent shaft will be erected in the Camp Upton Cemetery in honor of the soldiers who are buried there. It will take the place of the wooden model which was placed temporarily on the site of the proposed memorial for the Decoration Day exercises.

          Marble will probably be used for the shaft, although it has been suggested that a larger memorial of the same design could be made of concrete.

          It will bear this inscription:


The World Will Never Forget What They Did—It Is For the Living to Consecrate Themselves to the Unfinished Task.—Lincoln.


          The shaft was designed by a soldier artist, now discharged, and the drawing was revised and completed by Lieut. Harry P. Jaenicke, Camp Police Officer.


          This program for the Memorial Day services was set forth in General Orders issued by Camp Headquarters, as follows: Patriotic song, “My Country, ‘tis of Thee”; address, Major Ralph H. Ferries, Morale Officer; chorus, “Lead, Kindly Light”; prayer, Chaplain Thomas Sala, Base Hospital; decoration of graves by nurses of the Base Hospital; benediction, Chaplain Russell B. Mcgriffin, Base Hospital; “Taps.”



Base Hospital To Compete In Big Red Cross League

          All Base and General Hospitals in New York City, Long Island and the seller they will compete in the big Red Cross Medical Detachment Leagues. Upton will be represented in the first division of the league. Each team will meet twice and the winning team of each league will play off the championship for valuable prizes.

          The Upton Base Hospital Will be represented by a strong nine, and the prospects at the present time are exceedingly good. The first game will be played against the Camp Mills Medical Detachment at Upton on June 7.



          Theodore HUBERS is now the representative of the United States Employment Service in Camp Upton. He succeeds Charles W. Ihle, Who has gone to New York to take charge of the employment office at 22 E. 22nd St.

            Mr. Hubers  has specialized as an employment manager for three years. He has been connected with the employment service here since last December.


Three Governors Extend Welcome Here To 13,000

          Three Governors and a delegation of 400 Westerners gave 13,000 members of the Eighty-ninth Division here a welcome home celebration last week on a scale larger than anything the camp has recently seen.

          There was real Western breadth to the airfare from the moment when the four bands began to play early in the evening until the conclusion of the entertainment when the troops were served with ice cream by the combined welfare workers of the camp. Shrill prairie yells which split the air at intervals and punctuated the addresses of the speakers added to the Western atmosphere.

          Governor Thomas E. Campbell, of Arizona, presided and spoke in behalf of the people of Arizona and New Mexico. Governor McKelvie represented Nebraska; Governor Henry J. Allen, of Kansas, conveyed the greetings of the Sunflower State; ex-Congressman Robert W. Bonynge welcomed the boys from Colorado and Adjutant General Harvey Clark, of Missouri, represented that State.

          The meeting was held on the level stretch of parade grounds in the rear of the 19th Street “Y” Hut. The units present were the 353rd, 354th and the 355th Infantry, The 340th and 341st Field Artillery, The 314th Ammunition Train and the 314th Mobile Ordinance Detachment.

          The Western delegation, which represented six States and included 100 members of the Rocky Mountain club of New York, headed by Herbert Wall, arrived on a special train at 7:45 on the evening of May 26, the day before the units were scheduled to start leaving for their home camps.

          General Nicholson went to the terminal to extend the hospitality of the camp to the visitors and Major John H Burns, the Assistant Camp Executive Officer, accompanied by the Governors to the scene of the celebration, where the waiting man were being entertained by the “Musical Smiths” and selections by the bands of the 353rd, 354th and 355th Infantry and the 341st Field Artillery.

          When he saw the great audience of soldiers, Governor Campbell said;

          “I am glad my voice was cultivated on the cow range.”

          He told the officers and men of the Division how happy the people of Arizona and New Mexico were to have their soldier’s home again and how proud they were of the Eighty-ninth.

          Congressman Bonynge, Who followed Governor Campbell, hit a responsive chord when he told the boys that he understood they wanted to get back home “toot sweet.”

          When Governor McKelvie, the youngest United States Governor, A rose, one of the bands played a Nebraskan melody and then the Governor called for the boys to give one of the famous cow yells of the Prairie.

          “You are going back to two things,” he said; “to the welcome you know you'll get and to the jobs that are waiting for you all, if you want them.”

          Governor Allen, The next speaker, was a “Y” secretary in France at the time of his election. When he arose a soldier shouted: “Where’s your service stripes?”

          “That's all right,” replied the Governor. “I know a little of the way you boys speak French. I know how you learned a lot of it, too! What I could tell the people back home about your service stripes!”

          Laughter greeted that Sally and a doughboy yelled “Wee, wee, monsieur!”

          Two Western girls held an embroidered emblem of the Sunflower State behind Governor Allen while he was speaking.

          Miss Mary Allen sang “Out Where the West Begins,” by Arthur Chapman and Miss Estelle Philleo. A lengthy entertainment was provided and after the refreshments had been passed out, a moving picture was shown on an outdoor screen.

          The Y. M. C. A., Y. W. C. A., K of C, Visitors’ House, Camp Library and the J. W. B. assisted in entertaining the troops. The problem of passing out refreshments to so many thousand men was a difficult one but it was accomplished without confusion and in a short time by having the men march past four long tables where teams of women welfare workers handed an individual package to each soldier.

          There were scores of reunions in the “Y” Hut between mothers, sisters in sweethearts men in the Division. Some of the women had traveled more than a thousand miles to be prese
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