Pershing and the Y

General Pershing Addresses the “Y” Workers

The first issues of our World War I military camp newspapers have come online.  All of the issues are available as page images, but now fourteen issues are available as searchable text with the rest on the way!

This new collection addresses a topic and period that continues to be of the widest interest and importance to scholars, students, and the general public – America in the World War I Era.  Camp newspapers make important original source material—much of it written by soldiers for soldiers—readily available for research and fresh interpretation of events about “The War to End All Wars”.

America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers provides users with unparalleled access to unique sources covering the experiences of American soldiers during the mobilization period in 1916, in the trenches in 1918 and through the occupation of Germany in 1919.

General Pershing addressed them on their duties as Welfare Workers.

Poster showing a portrait of General Pershing, with a quote from him in support of the United War Work Campaign.

Poster showing a portrait of General Pershing, with a quote from him in support of the United War Work Campaign.

On the afternoon of Wednesday the 29th of this month, the Secretaries of the Y.M.C.A. were courteously invited by General Pershing to meet him in the Reception Room of the Officer’s Club in Le Mans.

During the reception, General Pershing shook hands with the members of the organization and had a kindly word to say to every individua member. In a brief address, he expressed his warm appreciation of the services rendered by the Y. M. C. A. saying that he felt that without such an organization it would have been impossible for the A. E. F to have developed and maintained its present high morale.

He admitted that certain criticisms had been made against the Y.M.C.A. and that possibly some of these criticisms were wellfounded. Since no institution or organization is perfect, and humorously added that even such a perfect organization as the A.E.F. had not escaped criticism.

General Pershing added that he had mentioned these things not by way of criticism on his own part, but merely that we keep alive to all the possibilities before us and carry out the great obligations and duties resting upon us to prepare the men of the A. E. F. both for their duties here and for the duties that would devolve upon them when they returned to their homes.

Source: The Bulletin, February 5, 1919

America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers provides users with unparalleled access to unique sources covering the experiences of American soldiers during the mobilization period in 1916, in the trenches in 1918 and through the occupation of Germany in 1919.

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