The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1918 · Page 7
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July 12, 1918

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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1 FRIDAY, JtnUT 12, 1918. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVUXE PA. PAGE SEVEW. AND .. OF THE FOREIGN LEOON OF FRANCE CAPTAIN OUN TURRET, WENCH BATTLESHIP tA5SAW WINNEH OP THE CROW DE GUERRE Wa w*ra abeTted en ear way oat to tha Caaaard, and one boat waa aver- taroed. bat tha men wera reaeord. Two BMO to th* .anneh 1 waa to wrrt wounded. Bat wa did not pay any atteottaa. to that ahellteg-4ha Tork* aught Jaat aa wall hara baa* Mowing peas at aa through a aoda atraw for a8w» eared. I aottead' that whea. we cam* war tha Caaaard the ether boata haM ap aad M ow l-nwa net Into tha lead, ·»d that w* Alidad arooad the Co*- sard a bows aad cane op on the starboard *M», whleh was anoaaaL trot 1 did not think anything ot it until I aun* «r«r th* tide. There were tha aide boys iiaed ap. and the Old Maa was there, with the ahlpa atawnrd besfdrhha. ICe took the lot book from the ati-w- ard aad ahowed It tc me, and tha* was my nanw on It. Now when yoa are punished for anything yaa are logged, bat I eoald not flgnre oat what I liad done to get punished for, so I was very aeoch surprised. Bnt the OW Man slapped tat on the back nnd ·T. rybody ehe*redV and then I saw It was aat panlahaiaat. bat Jaat th* opposite. "Srhem peaple ask ma what I hare rn rtved ny decoration for (Croix da Guerre), I tan them I do not rightly know, and that la a fact. 1 do not know whether It was for going back from those trenches or for destroying the atoraboasea. So I always tell them I lot It foe working imrtnwa. That to what UM Uaeeys aay. or If they bare the Victoria cross they aay they aw* ft far betas: very careless. Ask e»a of tbam and see An of us were certainly glad to be aboard tha Canard again, and If aay pint* aver looked like hone to aa It waa th* *M ship. Our casualties » ere ·very a*n« and we were therefore ordered to pat back to Brent We had a treat little celebration that night. ·»* aaot Beratog weighed aacbor and ·touted back, attar clearing fee-action. I waa still pretty blue aboat Murray, bat Tery much relieved aa to the safety tt ny own skta. and 1 Bgttred ttat afiar th* Dardanelles and my last day there they had not Bade the right ·mast Jar aw jet. v Th* rest of as felt ·beat th* aame way and we"wtre «[r,g- toS aB the ttiae. '' CHAPTCR XV. Je «ula Blwat. Aaosoal, when we got to Brest tbere was rash work day and night on the Ciisaard to get her ont and Topplfea of all kinds were loaded foe onr next Tfjlt la tb* Tarks. The French garbles were always keen for the trip bnck to Brest--they were sore of load- tag ap on tobacco and other things they needed. My twelfth trip to the Dardanelles waa different from the others. Toe Cassard waa doing patrol work at the time to the neighborhood of Cape Btiles. Those of as who had served en th* Peninsula 'before were thank- in; oar stars for the snap we wer» having--Jnst crnUlog around waiting for sooKthlBg to happen. .· We had not been there very long ba- fora something unexpected did haipen, for we ran Into two enemy ernlsus-- n fetch I afterwards heard were the Werft and Kalseriicne Marine--see on the starboard and one oa the port. How they had managed to saealc ap so aaar as I do not know, they opaasal up oa as at not «wch more thaa a thooaaad yarda aad gav* us a hot tUs* froaa the start, thoogh with any ktod of gunnery they sfeoold have dosw far aa thoroughly. War can* right back at thaat aad v.er* getting to seme prefcy good ebota. I was to the It-lath gan tamt, atar- bo«r4 bow--my oM huaiaa* sai wa war* Mttog them have It aboat fpar saata avery 8vo adnates and scoring heavily. I a* aet kaow how long wa had bean fighting phaa part of oar rang* tinder waa carried away. It waa a» hot, theajajh, aad w* were so bard at It that coeh a Kttla thing like that dhl awt bother aa. It to hot to aay goa turrat. ta« I hav* always noticed that It la hotter ttera to th* Dardanelles than to aay other place. Th* sweat would sUaply cake ap on us, antU oar faces war* Jaat covered with a *lm «f powdery ataO. Bat tb* rangt-flader waa carried away, and althoagh It looked bad for aa I waa feeling so good that I tol- onteered to go oa deck and get an- atbar one, I got outside the turret door aad across the deck, got the nec- eaaary parts aad waa coming back with them wbea I received two ma- chin*gun ballets to the right thigh On* went clear thraofh bone and all and drilled a hole on, the other aide, while the other came within an Inch of going through. The peculiar thing la ttat these two were hi a line above the wood 1 got at Dtnnnde. The line la almost as straight aa you could draw It with a ruler. Of coarse It knocked me down and I hit my bead a pretty hard crack on \ijy i I Was Able to Crawl m ta tha Turret the steel deck, hot I was able to crawl on to the turret door. Just aa I was ·boat to enter the gun was flred. That particular charge happened to be defective. The shell split and caused a back fire and the cordite, fire add gas came through the breech, which the explosion had opened. It must have been a piece of cordite which did It, but whatever It waa, It hit me in the right eye and blltaded It. The ball of the eye was saved bj the French surgeons and looks normal bnt it pains me greatly sometimes and they ten ma it will always be sightless. , I was unconscious Immediately from the blow and from the quantity of gas which I most have (wallowed. This gas did me a great deal of damage and giw» ma dlsxy spells often to this day I do not know what happened daring the rest of the engagement, as I did not regsjn consciousness until three days later at sea. But I heard In the hospital that the French Guper- dreadnaiuht Jeanne il'Arc and the light crolger Normandy were In It as well as ourselves, though not at the fl/oe I was woDoded, aad that ire had all been pretty well battered. The Cuaard lost OS men In the engage- Bent and hail *S wounded. Some of oar turrets were twisted Into all man ner of shapes and part of our bow iaa carried away. One of our lieutenants was killed In tie engagement I waa told that both the Werft and the KalaerUcha Marine were sunk In this engagement. I have seen pictures of aalltm from the Werft who ware prisoners at Interment caapa. When w* arrived at Brest the wounded were taken from* the ship In atretehen and after w* had bean rested for about fifteen minutes on the dock put Into ambulances and rtnhed to the hospital. On ;he way those who eoald leaned out of the ambulance and had a great time with the pooplo aloiur the streets, many of whom they knew, lor the Caaaard was a Tttfst jtblp. And of coorae-the-women and children yelled, "Vive la France 1" and were glad to see the boys again, even though they were badly done up. Some of our men were bandaged nil over the face and head and It waa tunny -when they had, to teU their names 'to old friends of theirs, who did not recognize them. As goon a* one of the Brest people recognized a friend off he would Co to get cigarettes and other things for him and some of them almost beat ns to the hospital. I do not know, of course, just what the surgeons did to me, bnt I heard that they had my eyeball oat on my cheek for almost two hoars. At any rate they saved It The thigh wounds were not dangerous la themselves and If It had not been for the rough treatment they got ,later on they would be quite healed by this time, I am sure I really think I got a little extra at tentlon In the hospital in many wayi, for the French were at all time* anxious to show their friendliness to America. Every time my meals were served there -was a little American Hag on the platter nnd always a largo American flag draped over the bed. X had everything I wanted given t* me at once nnd when I was able to, all tBe cigarettes I could amok*, which were not many While I was still In bed In the hospital I .received the Orolx d* Guerre, I Received the Crolx de Qo*ira. which I had won at the Dardanelles. The presentation was made by lieutenant Borbey He pinned an American nag on my breast, a French flag beneath It and bec*ath that the war cross. He kissed me on both cheeks, of course, which was taking ildvantage of a cripple But It Is the tuual thing with the French, as you know--I mean the kissing, not the meanness to nipples. When he had pinned tlni medal oa he said he thanked me from the bottom of his heart for the French people, and also thanked all the Americans who had come over from their own land to help a country with, which most of them were not connected. He said it was a war In which many nations were taking part but In which there were lost two Ititas. freedom and despotism, and a lot more things that I cannot remember He finished br saying that be wished he could decorate all of us. Of course It was great stuff for me and I thought I was the real thing sure enough bnt I could not help thinking of the remark I have heard here i% the States--*1 thank yon and tho Tbole family thanks yon." And it was hard not to laugh. Also It seemed funny to me, because I did not rightly know Just wbat they were giving me the medal for--though) It was for one of two things--and I do not know to this day But I thought It would not be polite to ask, so I let It go at that There were twelve other naval officers who were present and they and all the otter people did a lot of cheering and vlved me to a fare-you welL It was great stuff, altogether, and I should have liked to get a medal every day , One day I received a letter from a man who had been in my company In the Foreign Legion and with whom I had *)eea pretty cbnmmy His letter was partly la French and partly la English It waa an about who had been killed and who had been wounded He also mentioned Murray's death, which he had beard about and about my receiving the Crolx de Guerre I,was wishing he had said something about Brown, whom I had not heard from and who I knew would visit me If he had the chance. But two or thrta days later I got another letter from the same man and when I opened It oat tumbled a photograph At flnt all I saw was that It was the photograph of a man crucified with bayonets, but when I 4ooVed at It closely I saw It was Browm. I fainted then, Jnst like a girl TO BE CONTINUED. COME SATURDAY and YOU'LL SAVE $5. Every body admires these handsome Bookers The style has become ImmenseJy popular They embody comfort as veil as elegance fl»-« A ^ and vmi rein 2et. nnfi at our snfe.ial salfi fnr nnlv _ P.»-Tt* ^\ , iM\ K! £, ^fco^ "« ·iJ 4 j -,^\ ^-^iM and you can get one at our special sale for only Easy Terms, so the monej question needn't hold you back for a minute --only $1.00 CASH, 50c A WEEK. 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