Wartime Dispatches: Departure & Arrival of the Chicago

This Associated Press article appeared in the Daily Herald on 27 February 1919.  William Thomas Graham was a soldier in Company F, mentioned herein.

SOUTHERN TROOPS SAIL FROM FRANCE

Units of Eighty Seventh Division Composed of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi Men.

Washington, Feb 27.—Forty-six officers and 100 men comprising headquarters of 1st and 3rd Battalions of 348th Infantry, headquarters company, supply company, sanitary detachment, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F and I have sailed from Bordeaux and will arrived at New York about March 8th, the War Department announced today.

The troops are of the 87th Division, composed of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi troops.  The name of the vessel is not decipherable.  The men may be sent to Camp Dix from New York.

Machine gun battalions of the 87th Division are aboard the transport Magnolia due at New York on March 7.

This Associated Press article appeared in the Trenton Evening Times of Trenton, New Jersey on 8 March 1919.

PORTION OF 87TH REACHES NEW YORK

Part of 348th Infantry Arrived on Chicago, Which Docked This Morning

NEW YORK, March 8.—The transports Plattsburg and Chicago arrived here today.  The Plattsburg carried 2, 325 men, including a number of casual companies, 49th Aero Squadron, detachment of the 5th Machine Gun Battalion and three convalescent detachments.

On the Chicago were 1,060 soldiers, including men of the 348th Infantry and staff, headquarters and supply companies, headquarters First and Third Battalions, Sanitary detachment, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F and T.

The 348th Infantry, portions of which arrived on the Chicago, was attached to the 87th Division, composed of men from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Southern Alabama.

This United Press article appeared in the Bridgeton Evening News on 8 March 1919.

JUST ABLE TO WEAR THE OVERSEAS CHEVRON

NEW YORK.  March 8.—If the transport Chicago had been just a little bit speedier the men of the 348th Infantry would not have been entitled to wear the overseas chevron.  Their six months of foreign service was up last night.  As the steamer came up the bay this morning they were busy sewing single gold stripes on their left sleeves.

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