A report of work aboard the U.S.S. Orizaba during December 1918 and January 1919.
Since the Orizaba carried over the presidential correspondence, it gave him a great opportunity to give the YMCA some needed publicity. He thought the correspondence were just like anybody else, but he did his utmost to not cause them to find any reason to criticize the conduct of a YMCA official. It didn't take long for the reports to realize he was on board and could provide them with things they did not have. He provided them with American Library Association books, paper and ink, and movies. Before each move there would be a little speech about any topic. There was a boxing tournament, singing, and a comedy show. Many people were pleased with how well the YMCA personnel worked on the ship and many representatives from the newspapers complimented him on his work. Upon arriving at Brest the ship was tasked with bringing French prisoners home from the countries in which they were interned such as in the Netherlands and Denmark. While in Denmark they had a Ships ball in one of the best ballroom in the city of Copenhagen. On the return trip, the ship carried 2900 casualties. The YMCA provided cigarettes, candy, gun, and fresh fruit, newspapers, writing supplies and new movies. Catholic and Protestant services were held on Sunday. There was an orchestra on board as well. Christmas was spent in Copenhagen. Once close to New York City, all the troops wrote letters and telegrams so that they could be sent first thing of the ship in order to inform family that they were back in the states.
|Date||December ,1918 - Janurary 1919|
|Year Range from||1918|
|Year Range to||1918|
Young Men's Christian associations
Prisoners of war
Gums & resins