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Olson, Fred W. / History of Company "A" 127th Infantry, 64th Brigade, 32nd Division : from official data

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During the time this Comapany of sturdy, true Americans were stationed 
in the village of Hersehbach, Germany, they were put to the test of their
little game in the U. S. called Squads East and Squads West and went thru
this, (lay after (lay with the same spirit as heretofor, day after (lay they
toiled at the work put before them and eagerly waited for the little paper
that meant so much to them, "Orders to go home." These however
were not 
to he had so easily, although they meant more to the' boys than the famous
bugle call that lined the boys up for their pay. 
All this time the boys devoted their time to baseball, football and other
pastimes that shortened the stay in the European country, and they played
an imnportant part in the upkeep of the Record for the 1st Battalion. All
went to the boys of this Company as odds were against them in all things
with they competed, baseball especially was their hobby and they took all
honors away from all Companies, and finally two Battalions which consisted
of all picked men of the Regiment, Company "A" held it's own, playing
ihat closed in their favor with the scores of small numbers. After they had
beaten all Companies and Battalions that were placed before them they re-
ceived a challenge from Hea-lquarters Company of this regiment for the Regi-
mental Championship game. This was to be no easy mark for the boys and 
they knew it, iut they went forth with the same spirit with which they went
into the game of beating the In and they came out the victors, upholding
the record as they had in the last two years. The final game was to be played
shortly after the Brigade championship but rainy weather postponed the game
from one day to the other until the hog waited for "Orders to go home"
were received. The time from then on was spent in general cleanup and in-
spection. Never before in the history of Company "A," 127th Infantry
did the 
boys fall in for Inspection or in fact anything as they did on these last
of their army life. "Cooties," their old friends that had remained
at their 
side and on their sides all through this great War were to be left behind.
man with pets like these would be allowed to leave that soil if he showed
the least sign of having tried to smuggle these war veterans over to the
States. Soldiers were not seen on the streets in this village until they
said goodbye to their Cootie pals. It was an old scene to see the boys together
in a room using the Red iron which they borrowed from the German inhabit-
ants, ironing their blankets and the seams of their clothing. The final inspec-
tion in Germany gave the report as, "Company A, No Cooties, ready for
This was great news to all and everyone that knew the little poem that 
follows, say that they had never expected that this day would ever come.
The poem, was written by a soldier after three months in the Army of 
We are here sweetheart in the Fatherland, 
On the banks of the Famous Rhine. 
The weather is wet and our feet are cold, 
And we drink from a great big Stein. 
Our slum and our beans come regular, 
While the Germans are thin from starvation. 
Oh :-Life is one sweet round of joy. 
The Kaiser is done, he hiamd his (lay 
'Till he crossed the )utch Frontier. 

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