December 24, 1917




Practically no case of contagion Here, According to Division Surgeon.

            Camp Upton ‘s health record is of the sort that would force doctors out of business in civil life and drape undertaking establishments with some of their own conventional black.  It is a health record, in very truth, the amount of sickness being so small that it could hardly be called a sick record.

            Although the weather conditions of the past few days have been calculated to increase certain kinds of sickness, only seven cases of pneumonia no one case of diphtheria are reported, with no cases of typhoid, para-

Typhoid, meningitis, scarlet fever or dysentery, according to Col. C.R. Reynolds, Division Surgeon.  There are a number of measles  cases admitted to the “sick report” is given by Col. Reynolds as nineteen per thousand, less than one-half the rate for the soldiers in the entire National Army.  Inasmuch as admissions to the report include many cases not actually sick but for examination, observation and discharge the smallness of this percentage can be better grasped.  The rate for all diseases, and especially communicable diseases, is very small compared with all the camps and cantonments, the fact that there were only eight cases of serious contagion when Col. Reynolds gave an interview to a Trench and Camp representative, being convincing evidence of this.  There have been only three deaths from diseases contracted since the camp was started.

            In fact, there have been only fourteen deaths in the entire three months in camp, the pro-German rumors circulated in New York and elsewhere as to “hundreds of men dying”” to the contrary notwithstanding.   Three of the fourteen were due to the railroad accident and two were away from cam, one of these being a a result of accident injuries.



Christmas At Camp Upton is “According To Regulation”

Turkey, Ornamented Trees, Santa Claus and Yule Log All on Bill of Fare.


With Yule logs crackling in the fireplaces, turkey and fixin’s for dinner, gayly bedecked and lighted trees in scores of buildings, Santa Claus, aided and abetted by the United States mail, and express companies delivering gifts galore and with a general holiday spirit pervading the air – really now, Christmas in camp isn’t half bad.

The Yuletide marks a brief but thoroughly enjoyable recreation spell between the beginnings and completion of the serious work for which the 77th and other divisions throughout the country were organized. Leave has been granted to as many Upton men as the War Department would permit. With respect to leave the men at Upton were more fortunate than many of their brothers in khaki.

Relatives, friends and general public of New York have seen to it that the soldiers in camp will lack nothing that goes to make Christmas complete and as enjoyable as possible under the circumstances.. There will be all the gastronomic delights a king would want to tickle his palate and there will be a mirth and gaiety with a minimum of military duty.

The soldiers in camp who have relatives in New York may rest assured that their loved ones will have a Merry Christmas, for special honors will be accorded such families by admiring citizenship, which appreciates the service of the men at Upton.



How highly organized are the departments of the United States Army is best illustrated by a report of one day’s activity in the office of the Adjutant  General, Major Henry P. McCain.

            On that day,  142,000 separate pieces of mail were received.  This is believed to represent the high record of any government office.  Within 48 hours only 200 letters of this number remained unanswered.

            General  McCain says: “Our mail these days is 25 times larger than it was before the United States entered the war.  The highest daily mail during the Mexican affair was  3,000 letters,  Our force today is only twice that of normal peace times.”




Lieff Rosanoff and Ernest Brever  “Among Those Present”

            The camp got some fine Christmas presents from the last draft contingent in the shape of exceptional talent among the new men.  At the “Y” building, Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street, many of these talented performers have already appeared.

            Company A of the 306th Machine Gun Battalion counts among its men Lieff Rosanoff, who was head of the cello and ensemble department of the Music  School Settlement of New York and who has played in Paris, Moscow, Petrograd and Berlin.

            Ernest Breuer, the well known song writer, whose hits are having a record sale throughout the country, is in Company D of the 308th Regiment.  “There’s a Vacant Chair in Every Home To-night”  is probably Mr. Breuer’s best known song, but his latest production, “When the Boys From Dixie Eat That Melon on the Rhine,” has taken the boys of the 308th by storm and has been adopted as a regimental song.

            The Machine Gun Company numbers in its muster roll the name of one Private Lurch, but we are he has not kept his piano playing private.  Oh, bays, you ought to hear that boy play!

            Others are Fickee and Heckman, singing partners, of Company A. 308th Boome, the singer of Company G., and Jacoby of Company C, an actor and piano player of note, and many more well known and accomplished performers, who will help get up splendid programmes this winter.




Don’t Complain to the Folks, Says Private Peat, Soldier Author.

            “Two years in hell and back with a smile” is the way he’s billed.  He didn’t leave the smile home when he visited Upton.   It was there, likewise a right arm which hung eloquently helpless.  The smile and the arm are Private Peat’s –Lieut. Harold Peat, Fifteenth  Canadian Battalion, to be more official.  “Private Peat” is the name of a book he has written on the war.  He talked to the 306th Infantry in the Y.M.C.A.  auditorium, and thrill after thrill went through the big audience as the pertly smiling, nervously alert little chap – a tea and coffee salesman before enlisting – talked of war as it is Somewhere.

            Private Peat was in at the beginning when things were worst, was gassed at Ypres and later was hit in the shoulder by an explosive shell which mussed up his right lung.  Here are some paragraphs of things he said, which 77th Division men might well insert in their Stetsons:

            “When you get over there never throw your rifle down.  It’s your mother, sister and brother, and no one will go back on his mother.   Only the Hun throws away his rifle.

“If the Germans couldn’t lick one thin line of French and Engli8sh, what can they do when the Stars and Stripes get in the game?

“Don’t “grouse” and complain in your letters home.    Write cheerful stuff.  After all, you’re having a bully time.

“Fighting showed us that without discipline a soldier is not a soldier.

“The dark days of war are over – the days when we stared defeat in the face.

“We’re fighting this war on the square and we’ll win on the square.  You don’t know what faith this takes when you see your pals crucified, your comrades tortured and with your own eyes you see that the Prussian atrocities are real.

“You’ll find death and vermin, and mud in the trenches, but you’ll find other fine things – fraternity, fellowship and good cheer.

 “When you have seen some of the real things of war you’ll believe with me that the Prussian was not made by our God, but is a fiend in uniform.

He also has a big, yellow streak and you’ll see it plain when we begin to hit at home, in the air.

“You’ll one day be proud and happy that you’ve gone into this thing like men, and you’ll thank

God you could beat those Huns while your mothers are safe at home.”

Captain Boyle always with the boys. Chaplin Howard was there with a smile.


Tear Gas and Machine Gun Fire Also Contribute Warlike Touch.

            Society Note:  Miss Britannia has been a Camp Upton visitor recently, giving an exhibition of some of the latest dance steps from the west front.  The delicate and refined young lady was given the keys to the camp.  If she hadn’t been given them she could easily have broken her way into local society.  She has a way of breaking things up.

Yes, the reigning sensation of the week past was the presence here of the British tank Britannia, brought from Hero Land, New York.  Upton was the first of the camps to be visited, and entertained royally the big battle leviathan.  Practically every man in the post saw her in action,  hopping over trenches crushing trees and munching guns.

            Real gas was also0 encountered for the first time during the sensational night now over.  Lieut. H.G. Snyder introducing some of the 308th men to the delights of tear gas.  Other forms will be used in actual gas experiences soon.

            First rifle practice on the 100 – yard range and machine gun target practice were other developments during the week of drilling which terminated with the Christmas holidays.  The 151th Infantry Brigade’s trenches witnessed the first use of the rapid-firers, and officers and non-coms of the 304th Machine Gun Battalion limbered up with the Colt variety, directed y Major F.D. Griffith.


Philharmonic Programme

For Concert Wednesday Night

            Ninety members of the New York Philharmonic Society will come to Camp Upton Wednesday for a concert in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium at 7:30 P.M., the appearance of the world-famed musicians offering to men here one of the rare treats of the season.

            This is the second concert of Christmas week given by the Philharmonic outside of the regular schedule, the Halifax sufferers benefiting by one held in Carnegie Hall Sunday.

Following is the programme for Upton,  Josef Stransky, conductor: “The Star Spangled Banner”; “Symphony No. 5” in E Minor, Op, 95, “The New World” (Dukas);  Nocturne for violincello and Alfred Kastner, harp (Chopin); “American Fantasy” (Herbert)


            One date in the calendar ahead is the important object of Buffalo hopes these days.  It is New Year’s Eve, of the 367th Infantry will own New York, or at least a very considerable section of that adjacent island.  On the eve of the New Year regimental swagger sticks, brushed leggings and smart uniforms will cut figures at the 71st Regiment Armory.  It is to be a regimental ball, and practically the entire command of nearly 2,000 men will be permission to attend.

            Col. Moss, the beloved commanding officer of the colored regiment, has promised to attend the ball, and Camp Bull, regimental Adjutant, has consented to lead the grand march.



            The boys of the fourth platoon 1st Co., Provisional Recruit Battalion, are a peppy bunch.  Last Saturday half of the platoon went on pass to New York, the others determined to have a good time so, headed by Private Harry Sitomer,  they decided on a big Blow-out.  Accompanied by Serft. Grant and Private  Sitani and Mess Sergt.  Cooper he went over to Acker Merral and just about bought the place out.l  About forty men came in for the feed.  Lt. Kramer dropped in to tell them that they need not turn in till 11 o'clock and could sleep till 6:45 the next morning.  Sad news Lieutenant!

             Ernest Breuer, the well-known song writer, whose hits are having a record sale throughout the country, is in Company D of the 308th Regiment.  “There’s a Vacant Chair in Every Home To-night”  is probably Mr. Breuer’s best known song, but his latest production, “When the Boys From Dixie Eat That Melon on the Rhine,” has taken the boys of the 308th by storm and has been adopted as a regimental song.

            The Machine Gun Company numbers in its muster roll the name of one Private Lurch, but we are he has not kept his piano playing private.  Oh, bays, you ought to hear that boy play!

            Others are Fickee and Heckman, singing part6ners, of Company A. 308th Boome, the singer of Company G., and Jacoby of Company C, an actor and piano player of note, and many more well-known and accomplished performers, who will help get up splendid programmes this winter.



            The men of Company I, 307th Infantry, are very happy.  Private M. G. Gelder of this outfit, formerly with the Fox Film Corp., has purchased a moving picture machine for the company and it is now being installed.  Under the able direction of Capt. Harrigan the men are assured of many happy times.    Dark and stormy nights will be made cheerful and full of merriment.  Arrangements have been made to show the most modern and up-to-date photo plays twice weekly.  The first picture secured by Private Felder will be a William Fox super-de-lux production entitled “The Spy” featuring Dustin Farnum.


November “Y” Report

            The first full month of Upton’s complete Y.M.C.A. equipment – eight huts being in operation – was terminated Dec. 1st and the report of General Camp Secretary W.F. Hirsch shows a total estimated attendance in the buildings of 586,025.

            Other totals, in the various departments of activity are as follows:  Educational lectures, 39; attendance, 15,275; educational classes (including French, English, &c.), 498;attendance, 11,924; books circulated, 5,979; participating in recreative and competitive sports, 17,868; spectators at the same,  27,797; religious meetings, 120, attendance, 22,770; Bible study classes, 19, attendance, 163; Scriptures distributed, 983;  personal Christian interviews, 909; Christian decisions, 157; war roll signers, 565; entertainments, 74, attendance 37,785; motion pictures, 65, attendance, 41,200; estimated number of letters written, 328,430; amount of money orders sold, $7,258.68



                        Every Sunday afternoon the boys of Company D of the 308th Regiment have a dance in their recreation barracks under the supervision of the officers.  Lady friends of the soldier boys are entertained at these events and the musical talent of the company provides the necessary dance numbers with piano, violin, traps and other instruments.  Last
Sunday among the visitors entertained were the Courtney Sisters and May Pond from the Winter Garden, accompanied by Chiedeh who came down to visit the song writer, Ernest Breuer, who is now in Company D.  During the afternoon the Courtney Sisters favored the boys by singing some of Mr. Breuer’s songs:  “I’ll Be Ther3e When You Come Back,” “If I Can’t Have You All the Time Then I don’t Want You at All,” “You’re Such a Haunting Melody” and others and in return the company chorus sang Breuer’s new hit “When the Boys from Dixie Eat the Melon on the4 Rhine” and Teddy Hughes sang them his Dutch dialect songs.


            Many stars are shining at the company night in the 5th and 8th “Y”.  The other night Company A of the 306th Machine Gun Battalion put on the show, reserving the hall for the machine gunners of the camp and their officers.   Good boxing bouts and vocal and instrumental music made up the programme, which was under the direction of Private Burnstein, Sergt. Derring presided at the piano, accompanying the singers, and also rendered several excellent selections.    Another headliner was Lieff Rosanoff at the cello.  A demonstration of bayonet parries and attack was given by Sergeant Major Covington of the British Army.

            The last athletic stunt night was taken care of by the 308th Machine Gun Company.  A number of Interesting Bouts were staged, among them being one between Young Frank and Joe the Unknown.  No one could possibly know Joe now!  Leo Bairnbaum, a boxing instructor who has just joined the ranks, and who is now instructing the officers of the 308th in boxing under the direction of the “Y” physical director, Roy Male, refereed the bouts.  A number of musical numbers were also on the programme, including Corpl. Mulligan and Private Puttaman from the Machine Gun Company, and Privates Fichee and Heckman from Company A of the 308th, rendering popular songs,  accompanied by Private Lurch of the machine gun company at the piano.  The clog put on by Sergt. Werher and Private McCormack, also of the Machine Gun Company, was well received.



Manhattan Opera House Well Filled-Movies of Camp Shown.

            True to the fine form established as a standard for regimental benefits, the show sponsored by the 304th Field Artillery in the Manhattan Opera House, New York, was a gratifying success to the backers and a substantial sum was realized for the regimental fund, the manager of the theatre characterizing it as the biggest benefit his house has ever had.

            Sam Bernard, whose nephew, Dave Jones, is a bugler in Battery D, opened the party as Master of Ceremonies with the following star acts some of the other features of the bill: Louis Mann, Conroy and Lemaire,  Florenz Tempest, Hattie Lorraine and Dave Jones, Gus Edwards and Martinique Revue, Hess and Bennett, Rect6or’s Jazz Band, Anatol Friedlander and L. Wolfe Gilbert, Frank Gordon, Mme. Palanowski, Russian dancer: Mme. Ohlman, Camp Upton Four, Reed and MacManus, 304 F.A. The regimental band and a chorus of sixty voices also took a prominent place on the programme.  A moving picture, now regiment property, was shown.  The film depicted a soldier in the making with scenes of the artillerymen at work and drill.

            A committee of four officers and a man from each battery supervised the affair, with a board of managers composed of Bugler Dave Jones, Battery D. chairman;  Corp. Murray, Battery D; Prvt. Horwitz, Battery A, and Sergt. Wallace, Supply Company.


            Company D, 307th Infantry, pulled a party recently of some considerable uniqueness.  It was a “blow” on The Bugler, the company news organ, which has had a steady growth under the guidance of Milton Weill, editor in chief.  A dinner from funds realized on subscriptions was the “main works” of the evening.  Lieut. Col. Smith, Major Gardiner, Capt. Spooner, Regimental Adjutant; Lieut. Francis Walsh, Chaplain; Capt.,  Hastings, Mr. Reed, Y.M.C.A. and others were honor guests, short addresses being made by several.

            The following programme numbers were enjoyed: “All Together, Boys,” Moore and De Carnis; vocal explosions, Herbert L. Wolfe;  “As Harry Lauder Would Sing,”  Larry Flatley; jig. Corp. William Dickson; The Incomparable Four, Moore, Muhling, De Carnis and Sergt. Trapp; Highland Fling, Sergt. C. Jackson and Larry Flatley, Thomas Bracken at the harmonica; song, Sergt. Ben Weber; the same, Sergt. Tra0pp;  Jack Moore at the piano and Louis Stauff at the mandolin.   The Bugler plans to make these dinners weekly company affairs.



            The men of Upper J section are acquiring the habit of attending theatres “en masse.”  Recently through the agency of their officers the 407th Motor Supply Train secured 200 complimentary seats for the show at the Winter Garden and 200 for the Columbia.  At the Columbia the boys found special preparations for their welcome, the theatre being decorated in classy style and extra acts put on for their benefit.  On Dec. 18 another batch of men, this time from the Quartermaster Corps, were invited to the Winter Garden and, headed by Jack Aldrich, who was for twelve years connected with the Winter Garden show, and Lieut. Stumpf, who is a great favorite with the men, 200 of them left for the Big City.  The boys want to use these columns to thank the managements of the above theatres for giving them a good big time.











            That bonds are being forged here in training between men and officers which will stand the strain of fighting and the stress of harder tasks ahead is sure.  The following communication is published as evidence: Editor Trench and Camp, Camp Upton,

            New York

            Dear Sir:   Will you kindly make it known through your paper that the boys of the 302nd Trench Mortar Battery are in a sad state.  Hereafter this day will be known as Blue Monday, for on this day Lieut.  Darley Randall left us, being transferred to another outfit.  During his short stay as lieutenant of our battery the boys have become very much attached to him, and it was with deepest regret we learned of his sudden transfer.  He carries with him the best wishes of the boys for this future welfare and success.   Thanking you, we are Yours truly,


                                                Camp Upton, New York



            Every soldier has some one who is thinking and wishing well about him, but perhaps no one is in quite the situation of Stuart Sage.  Machine  Gun Company, 307th Infantry, whose two former little fim pals who “worked with him in the pictures” remember with pride their big brother now with Uncle Samj.  The Lee children, William Fox’s Baby Grand  Stars are the tads – Jane and Katherine.  There is a bond which is still “reel” between the two and the Upton machine gunner.  Sage is one of th3e 307th’s star stage folk.  “The Argyle Case,” “Help Wanted,”  “Baby Mine,” “Are You My Wife?” and “Old Lady 31” are some of the pieces in which he has played leading roles.









            Another boxer gone out of the ring!  News comes that Jack Moses, one time Champion Featherweight of the East Side and now of Camp Upton, intends to retire.  He is quitting not for the usual reason (!) but because there are no opponents with whom he can get even frair practice.  His latest victim was Benny Valoger, whom he met in Philadelphia last Wednesday night in the semi-finals to the Leonard-Kline fight and disposed of  in two rounds of fast going.  If there is any man at Camp Upton weighing 122 to 125 wishing to take this wonder on, let him send his challenge to the Beterinary Corps, 210 16th Street, and Jack Moses will accommodate him.



Regimental Godfather Acts as Santa Claus and Doughboys Revel.

            The rafter-lifting, ear-damaging ovation Col. Averill”s lads of the 308th Infantry accorded Joseph A. McAleenan of New York in the Y.M.C.A.   Auditorium will go down in history as the largest bulk of noise per cubic foot that ever packed the structure.  Hats, voices, shapely doughboy hands and other articles were thrown carelessly into the air with a fierce enthusiasm and abandon which would make a Bull Moose Convention sound like the gasp of an expiring T.B. victim.  It was all because Mr. McAleenan had adopted the regiment, and they in turn have adopted him.

            The occasion was a regimental Christmas party, with the prominent New Yorker, who has been the godfather of the 308th ever since he watched battalion drill with music several weeks ago, as Santa Claus.  His it3erest then was so kindled that he supplied each company barrack with a piano, Victrola and athletic equipment.

            A rattling fine programme of vaudeville was hugely enjoyed as preliminary, under the direct5ion of Lieut. Bartlett, regimental athletic officer.  The corking regimental song recently composed by Bandmaster Oliver Miller, “The N.K. Averill March,” was played, with the Headquarters Company composing a fine chorus, and the popular commanding officer, after congratulating the composer, stepped to the platform amid wild cheering, which attested the regard in which he is held.  Col. Averill congratulated his men on their wonderful regimental spirit and introduced Mr. McAleenan, leading three cheers for his friend Joe.   The outburst was terrific in volume and enthusiasm, and it with difficulty that the riot of enthusiasm was quelled.  A few modest words from the godfather, and Col. Averill thanked him on behalf of the officers and men of the command.

            The real Christmas feature followed, boxes of smokes and candy being passed out to each man.  Mrs. Evan Morton Evans of New York contributed 200 pounds of candy.




“Y.M. Bloke” Makes Discoveries on Tour Through 306th.

A “Y.M.  Bloke” on tour through mess and recreation rooms of the companies in the 306th Infantry was struck with the home touches and the comforts which the boys had wrought out for themselves.  One in particular gave him the cozy feeling of a little halfway house, with red fire roaring and ingle warm, which welcomes the wayfaring man.  Certainly this place must relieve tired minds and bodies and refresh as home itself does.    Company B’s quarters were typical of the general run, perhaps above the average.  Their recreation room has been transformed by the company’s artists, and the writing, library, pool and entertainment sections are appointed par excellence.  Rustic benches, writing tables, bookcases well stocked with books, mail boxes and mail chutes, victrola, cozy corners, piano and pool table are some of the items.  The company barber and tailor are neatly glory all its own.  Sergt. Murray Cross is the guardian angel of the neatest kitchen and messroom this “Y.M. Bloke has ever spied, and he claims to “have been around some, by trunder!”

            But B’s outfit, while perhaps more highly polished than some others, is simply a type.  It embodies the home spirit, which Uptonians have strong.  They’re proud of  camp, proud of their company and its quarters, proud of their regiment and its Colonel and officers, proud of the cement walk in front of the barrack, the rows of murmuring pines and hemlocks and of the whole National Army, tooth,  hide and tobacco-box.







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