The Story of the American Expeditionary Forces
Pvt. Kenneth N. Rogers, #128602
Btry. "B" 12 th Field Artillery
2nd Division A.E. F. France.
Diary of Enlistment
In German-American War
Pvt. Kenneth Norman Rogers
for enlistment at Troy, N. Y. May
to Fort Ethan Allen, Vt. May 25 and was sworn in May 26-1917
- Left Fort
Ethan Allen June 4 NYC & PRR
Ft. Myer Va. June 5-19 at 8 p.m.
to camp at St. Asaph, Va. There
had my first drilling
first leave to go home Aug. 11-16 –1917
second leave to go home Oct 7-12.
Ft. Myer, Va. Dec 17 – 10 p m bound for France. B&O RR
At Dumont, N. J. Dec. 18- 12 m. 1917.
to Camp Merrit. There we were stationed in barracks, awaiting our
two day leave to go home Dec. 24 1917. Had 24 hours leave to visit NYC.
28, Had teeth all fixed by camp dentist.
Camp Merrit. June 10, 1918. 8pm WSRR.
at 19th St Pier Jan. 11, 1918.
[with] 8,000 soldiers
- Had a
fine voyage across. Nothing uneventful happened.
first land Jan. 18, 7 a.m. Hebrides Islands off coast of Scotland.
Liverpool Jan. 19 1918. Unloaded
in 3 hrs and were first on train
at 12 m.
Liverpool 12 m. and arr. Winchester same day 8 p.m.
Crewe, Birmingham. Marched off to Camp Winnel Downs near Aldershot, Eng.
at Winchester visited Winchester Castle and numerous other places of
Winchester Jan. 25 1918 8 a. m.
Southhampton Jan. 25 6.30 on board H. M. S. Archimedes. ( cattle ship).
English Channel arr. Le Havre, France Jan. 26 12 m. trip uneventful.
a long hot, dusty march ( full pack ) arr. At rest camp Le Havre. (on
at Le Havre [in] side door Pullmans. ( 8 chevaux- Hommes 40 ) Etat RR
passed Rouen, St. Cyr, Versailles, via PL&M. RR We arr. 8 a. m. Jan.
- After a long cold hungry ride . We were
packed in like sardines and left at 12.
p.m.Left Rest Camp Jan 28 , 6.30 a. m.
after another long march we arr at a large stone barracks our
training camp. We trained here for about 6 weeks.
17 departed for Laugres. Try
examinations for West Point Military Academy. Arr. Vesoul 2 p. m. stayed all night.
Vesoul 3 p. m. March 18 arr at
Langres 6 p. m. same day. Stayed
at Hotel de L’Europe. Had a fine
time a Laugres but reported late for exams, so couldn’t take them.
Lagures for Soissons 3 am. March 30.
Passed through Troyes, Chalons Chateau Thiery, Eperney, Stayed at Soissons two days in shell
fire and left there 2 p.m.
2, Arr. At Le Bourget, Paris 9 pm.
April 2. Left Paris Apr. ( air
raid that night ) bound for
Second Div. Hdqtrs.
- At Somme Dieue Apr 4. Passed
- Stayed overnight at St. Dizier Apr. 5.
to Btry Apr. 6, at 2 p.m. at Camp
Cinq Freres. ( camp Five Brothers
- Left camp Apr. 19 for position at front near
Haudraimidle & Verdun Sector.
fired first shots at Hun, Easter morning.
17. left Position 82 on 10 day hike. Possesse, Paris, Chaummux,
Trie-Chateau. Croix Blanc.
- Arr. May
24. Left Croix Blanc June 1st
for big battle in Aisne [at] Chateau Thierry
into battle June 2nd.
Fought continiously until
- Wounded 12 midnight June 25. H. E. Shell. 77.
Chateau Thierry-July 7. Went back
12 kilos in reserve. 26 Div.
- Had “ Flu “ Montrieul Left on a forced march for Soissons. July 15,
Soissons July 18 and delivered a surprise attack at 4.20 A. M.
number of guns and prisoners
taken. Continious open warfare.
- JULY 21. went over the top. Caught in German barrages. Gassed. Heavy fighting
- Left Soissons front July 25. camped
near Paris 3 days.
Nancy and camped at Neuve Maison July. 31.
for front Aug 5 arr. Toul sector opposite Metz Aug 7. Quiet sector.
Aug.23, made 40 kilo hike and arr. At camp near Xuielly that night on 7
day pass to Nancy. Bonsicouis
Church. St. Stanislaus Place.
to camp Sept 1. Birthday Had
training here for big offensive drive at St. Mihiel. Xeuilly.
3 days to Toul.
for front Sept 9 arr at front Sept 11.
on the St. Mehiel salient opened
up morning of Sept. 12 , Big guns
fired at 1 a.m. and small guns at 4.30
The greatest concentration
of infantry and artillery, heavy and light and also tanks I ever saw
. Italian 300 MM special. American Aeroplanes held the supremacy
in the air at all times.
- Location, left flank of Metz. Drive continues,
were relieved Sept. 16.
at Bois de Fous Sept 17. Mud 2
Camp Bois de Fous. Sept 20
At Ligny la Salle on Sept 22. 2
days march. Stayed there 3 days.
at Vouscouller 4 A. M. Sept.25.
reserves for Champaign drive near Franchville in barracks ( de coutie
up to line on Sept. 28th.
Very heavy fighting and severe shelling all through the fighting
especially at Montblanc. Somme –
Py, St. Etienne and the Vaux on Aisne.
gave hard but we made good progress every day.
- Oct. 5
th. Went into the 4th position. Sprained
ankle but remained with battery.
Threw big barrage at 4.30 that afternoon
at front lines Oct,12th advanced
during night and went next two
days 20 kilos through St.Etienne Marchant and Dricourt to Vaux.
into position in open field Oct. 14th.
here until relieved Oct.27th.
Vaux –en- Champaign on the early morning of Oct. 28 on march 3 days behind
- It was
a forced march 70 kilos to the Argonne.
went down there and cleaned up old Fritz.
Greatest artillery preparation.
into action Nov. 1 near Fleville.
It was the beginning of the end.
We were told it would probably be our last time in the
chased Fritz for 8 days through St. Geores Bayonville, Bob wounded
here, to Youngege,
Nov. 11 at 11 A. M. the armistice went into effect. Was in Yongege when the armistice went
in Youngege until Nov. 17. then Neuerburg. Started on our long march to
Coblenz. Arr at big mill near Stenay Nov. 17. – 25
morning of Nov 18 crossed Belgian line at 11.30 A.M. into
Millresawal. Had dinner and then
resumed march to Geronville. There
we met by a civilian band and given a rousing reception. The civilians were happy like children.
The Germans had just left the town 24 hours previous. Beautiful place. 25 kilos
Gerounville Nov. 20 arrived at Arlon.
Detached to Brigade Hdq.
Nice city and had a good . Made 35 kilos that day. #17 Avenue Victor Lesch.
Arlon Nov. 21 crossed Luxemburg line and arr. At Rifuneville. Stayed
overnight 30 kilos.
Nov. 22 arrived at Biissen Stayed
overnight 25 kilos.
Bissen Nov. 23 at Falkendinger on
the frontier. Stayed there until
real live turkey for Thanksgiving.
Nov. 29 transferred to Co. A 2nd Div. Supply Co. Taken to Meurch Luxemburg.
our march and crossed German frontier and arr. At Riesdorf about
- Dec. 2
left Reisdorf arr. At
arr. At Lunebach 28 kilos
Dec.4. Left Lunebach arr at Gerastein. About
30 kilos. Billeted in old German barracks.
Gerolstein Dec 7 and arr. At Adenau
about 25 kilos Dec. 8
- Left Adenau and arr. At Heisners-keine. Stayed there until
Dec. 13. about 25kilos.
13 started for the Rhine. Crossed it 11. P. M. and arr. At Neiweid an hour later.
destination out 30 kilos. Billeted at 43 Meirdstrasse.
- Spent Xmas and New Years here. Went to Coblenz many times.
15, 1919. Transferred from Reserve
Train to Co. E.
- Jan 30
received letter of father’s death also received announcement card of
19. 1919. left Neuwled on a trip
to Dijon France for liberty.
23 Saddlebags taken by Sgt. Woodworth [at] Cinq Freres. [Other items accounted for:]
Pistol #161297, Lost in action Soissons
Pistol #184022, Lost in action Champagne.
U.S., Mail Badge, # 19725
back in Neuwled on Apr.3. 1919.
- May 13
left Neuwled for Alp. Moved the 6th
to Neuwled May 26.
21st. Left Newied 5.30 P. M. for our last trip to U.S. Went through the northern route
via Coblenz, Cologne, Aachen Herberstat, Virviers, Liege, Charlerois, Mons, Valenciennes,
St. Guetin Amiens, Rennes to Rouen and thence to
Brest. It took till 9 A. M.
Thursday morning for this trip in
American boxcars. Passed through
Belgium, France and Germany.
Stopped in Brest and then had our final inspection.
Brest 9.00 for ship. Boarded transport U. S. S.
Leviathan about 2.00 P.
M. Sailed out of Brest 7.15 P. M.
July 30 . Out of sight of land 8.30 P. M. same evening. Ship about half full, fed twice a day .
- Had a
fine voyage and landed in Hoboken Aug. 5.
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