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Catalog Number 2002.3.38
Object Name Report
Accession number 2002.3
Description A report of work aboard the U.S.S. Orizaba during September, 1918

Each trip is more interesting than the last. The ships officials have been very cooperative. He was worried that the new executive officer and captain would not be as accommodating but that wasn't the case. (the previous executive officer and captain were killed in an accident on the last return trip). Entertainment was given throughout the trip. The orchestra and quartets were the best part of the trip. The American Library Association was able to give out books again so that each soldier was able to have a book. Along with the books, soldiers had pamphlets and the newspaper 'Going Over' to read. No Chaplin was on board so he led the church service. The soldiers thought that the service went very well. The quartet provided the music. The soldiers spent most of their days writing letters, playing games, and watching movies. French material was given and studied by all the soldiers. He also got 220 subscriptions for 'Association Men'. Over half were for African-American men of the labor detail, as well as from officers. While in the French port the men of the Orizaba played a baseball game against the men of the Orizaba's sister ship the U.S.S. Siboney. He plans to have another game back in the states. On the return trip the ship had 200 shell-shock patients. Most of these soldiers fought on the Chateau-Thierry front against strong German resistance
Date September, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
Subjects Ocean travel
Religious services
Letter Writing
Shell shock
Search Terms YMCA