Above: This picture is of the baseball team of the 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry Regiment which was the regimental champions with a record of 6-3.
The officer standing third from the right wearing glasses Vincent has ID’ed as Major Edward Little, who at the time was the commander of the 2nd Battalion. Because the picture is made aboard ship and there is a division patch visible Vincent strongly believes that this picture was made sometime between May 17 and 27, 1919 aboard the USS Maui as the regiment returned home.
The picture is from the collection of Vincent Petty and is a real picture postcard. The picture also appears in the history of the regiment.
Above: Photograph of Arthor J. Schaub of Pennsylvania. This picture of Schaub was according to the note on the back of the picture on April 14, 1919 in Laille, Sarthe France. The insignia of the 80th Division is visible as well as medical service collar disks on the left collar and overseas cap.
Schaub served as a Private First Class in the Field Hospital, 319th Ambulance, 305th Sanitary Train, 80th Division. According to the 80th Division Association, Directory Schaub lived at 501 S. Center St., Corry, PA in 1920.
Thank you to Mr. Bruce Smith for providing more information on Pfc Schaub. The picture is from the collection of Vincent Petty.
Above: Picture of Captain John Crum, Co. F, 318th Infantry. Captian Crum commanded Company F from its inception in September 1917 until he was killed in action, September 30, 1918. Crum had been a former member of Poncho Villa’s army in Mexico and came to the regiment after serving two years with the British Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front.
The picture is From the regimental history of the 318th Infantry
Above: The truck in the photo is labeled “This reconnaissance car of the Motor Transport Corps U.S. Army was in service of the 80th Div.”
The photo is captioned: “The vehicle featured in both photos is a 1917-19 White 4×2, 1-ton, 12 passenger reconnaissance car, Model TEBO.
This photo was reprinted in Army Motors, a publication of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association
Above (2 images): While the 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry was billeted in Curgy le Chateau (late August 1918) the battalion received an old salvaged French Commissary wagon that used as a mess wagon by the battalion. On the side of the wagon was painted “Ole Virginia Never Tires” along with reference to important periods of Virginia history — “61-65 The Peninsular” in reference to the Civil War; “1607-1918” referring to the establishment of the Virginia Colony to the current date; “1812 Tidewater” referring to the war of 1812; “1676” referring to Bacon’s Rebellion; “Southside Virginia 1898” a possible reference to the Spanish-American War. This photo of the wagon was made in October 1918 and all of the men pictured are all sons of Virginian Confederate Veterans. This is a veteran outfit of the Ainere and Meuse battles. US Army Signal Corps picture.
Above: This picture is of the 318th Infantry Regiments homecoming parade on Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia about June 1919. From the regimental history of the 318th Infantry.
The following six photographs were made during the First World War by James Spencer. James Spencer was the official photographer for the 305th Engineers, 80th Division and these six pictures are from among the several hundred made by Spencer. After the war, Spencer owned a photography shop and sold copies of pictures made from the negatives he made during the war. These pictures were probably bought from Spencer by another veteran of the 80th Division of the 80th Division. These pictures were bought from a Richmond, Virginia antique shop by Vincent Petty. Further research has revealed that Spencer’s negatives now reside at the Army War College at Carlisle, PA. Thank you to Mr. Bruce Smith for his help in identifying these pictures.
Above 2 images: The first two photographs are of troops soon after their arrival in France, they show troops on trains in the area of Calais on June 14, 1918. This is the period that troops of the 80th Division arrived in France and moved to their training areas with the British Army.
Above: The third photograph is of troops about a bridgehead on the morning of the start of the Muse-Argonne Offensive. The photo is captioned “H Hour, troops at the Forges River at Daybreak, Jumping off place of the Argonne Drive, Company B Bridge Bethincourt. 9-26-18.” As the 80th Division took up its positions at the start of the Muse-Argonne it took up positions on the Forges River before Bethincourt. The bridge on the Forges had been built 305th Engineers of the 80th Division.
Above: The forth snapshot is of a traffic jam near Hill 304 near Bethincourt on the second day of the Muse-Argonne, September 27, 1918. Describing Hill 304, Private Rush S. Young of Company B, 318th Infantry wrote, “Hill 304, over which we had passed, was covered with human skeletons, the meat having long fallen from the bones. Who could they be? Yes both German and French, who had been killed in the early part of the war during the great drive and who could never be buried, because this had been ‘No Man’s Land’ for four years. Those who were not buried were attacked and eaten by beasts of the field and the vultures of the air. In walking over this hill plenty of human skeletons, guns, bayonets, helmets, and scraps of uniforms scattered here and there could be found.”
Above: The fifth picture is of an uncompleted dugout bunker near Bethincourt. This photo was made on September 28, 1918. This may have been an unfinished German taken over by the AEF advance
Above: The sixth snapshot is of a road through the Argonne that has been camouflaged because it is under German observation.
317th Infantry Photos: Co. B. MG Platoon.
Photos Below were taken at Ft. Lee, Virginia & Newport News.
Photos Below: The 317th Infantry in La Chalade Meuse, France
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For additional images of the 80th Division download The Bayonet: Remembrance Book of Camp Lee Virginia