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Photo #: NH 82704 (extended caption)
USS Louisiana (Battleship # 19)
Arrives at New York City with a load of troops from France, 1919.
Photo printed on a stereograph card, published by the Keystone
See below for the text printed on the original stereograph card's
reverse side, concerning the achievements of U.S. Troops on the
Western Front in World War I.
Courtesy of Warren S. McEachern, 1974
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 125KB; 640 x 675 pixels
A stereo pair version of this image is available as Photo
# NH 82704-A
Online Image of stereo pair: 78KB; 675
x 355 pixels
Text printed on the reverse of the original stereograph
Happy Homecoming Soldiers on Deck of U.S.S. Louisiana
The homecoming American troops have every right to be
happy. It is "over, over there," and our soldiers played
a glorious part. The Germans believed that their long and thorough
military training had made their troops invincible. In America,
the best fighting troops on earth were developed and trained
in modern warfare in six months. The Americans excelled in fighting
in small units and in individual fighting. In individual against
individual, small group fighting with small group, the Germans
were no match for the Americans. It was this sort of fighting
that enabled the "Lost Battalion" to hold their own
in the Argonne Forest. The reduction of the Saint Mihiel salient,
which was held by the Germans, proved to the Germans that the
Americans were able to beat them at their own game of efficiency.
The Americans were capable engineers, builders and machinists
back of the lines. One American aviation school was the biggest
in the world. At Chateau-Thierry, the nearest point to Paris
which the enemy reached, the Americans checked the enemy and
then threw them back. This was the turning point of the war.
President Wilson says of the American soldiers "our
men went in force into the line of battle just at the critical
moment, and threw their fresh strength into the ranks of freedom
in time to turn the whole tide and sweep of the fateful struggle--turn
it once for all, so that henceforth it was back, back, back for
their enemies, always back, never forward." "No soldiers,
or sailors, ever proved themselves more quickly ready for the
test of battle or acquitted themselves with more splendid courage
and achievement when put to the test."
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5 June 2001