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YEAR-17-B - proud to have an appropriate nickname, but...
proud to have an appropriate nickname, but thero Is not ono among us who thinks 'Sammy" la In any way suitable and It certainly la not desired. "Tho name does not In any way suit a fighting man. We recognize, of course, that it is an effort to play upon tho name of Uncle Sam, but who would think of calling Uncle Son. Uncle SaramyT It Is ridiculous." "We had a discussion coming over on the transports aa to possible nicknames atid 'Sammy' was ono name suggested, but It mot with no favor whatever. None of tho names .suggested seemed Juat right, hut thero was soinu consensus of opinion regaruiug luu propositi mat me mutt mime ha 'Johimv Yanks.' which, of course. 1b a combination of 'Johnny Reba' and xnmts from civu war unys. "No nickname can bo forced unon tha fighting men. To stick, it must bo spontaneous spontaneous and unanimously recognised aa-Just aa-Just aa-Just the thing. Such a name may yet come to us, It la possible that the French themselves may smve tno prouiom anu glvo us n namo that will not only suit us, but will bo distinctly reminiscent of our stay In France. Developments May Tell. Perhaps something wo shall io will give us our proper name. Until that tlmo we aro willing to be known aa Juat plain American soldiers, willing and n.ixlous to do our duty. Wo Have gotten alonir n creat many years without a national

Clipped from The Indianapolis Star15 Aug 1917, WedPage 2

The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana)15 Aug 1917, WedPage 2
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