WORLD WAR I
Cape Girardeau County Missouri Genealogy Trails
THE 140TH NEARING HOME
THE 140TH NEARING HOME
Welcome for Regiment at Cape Girardeau, MO., today.
Many Old Members Will Be Missing From Ranks in Parade Tomorrow--Towns Cheer Trains on Trip.
Chaffee, Mo., May 8, (1919)--On Board First (illegible) of Special Train Carrying 140th Infantry Home.--Unless you have been away from home two years and in that time faced death, had your comrades fall to the right and the left of you and wondered a thousand times if you ever would return--
Unless you have had those experiences you will never, never know the inward feeling of the fellows aboard this train.
There can be little description of the feeling of the boys, for there is little outward demonstration. Crouched in their seats, half sitting, half lying down, they talk of home--they think of home.
Home is everything now.
There is no talk of the past, although the memory of it will live forever for these men.
It is burned in their memories, and the home folks never will realize what their sons have been through, officers say.
MANY WILL NOT RETURN
Returning to Kansas City are about six hundred members of the original 1650 men who comprised the old Third, which at Camp Doniphan was merged with the Sixth Missouri. Since then it has been known as the 140th Infantry.
The remainder of the old 3d can only be accounted for generally. There have been transfers, battles and replacements. When the 140th entered the Argonne its strength was 3,250. Toll taken of the regiment following that famous engagement showed 1,526 men had been killed, wounded or were missing.
That tells its own story and explains why many will not be in line when the 140th marches up Grand Avenue Saturday morning.
The 140th was the most representative regiment Missouri sent to the conflict. The old 3d was largely a Kansas City unit, with the exception of one or two companies.
MISSOURI WELL REPRESENTED
The 6th Missouri with which the Kansas City boys were merged, represents Missouri generally. Company A is from Lexington and was recruited by Col. Carl Ristine, now of the 139th Infantry, Companies B and C are from St. Joseph, Company D from Sedalia, Company E from Doniphan, Company F from Willow Springs, Company G from Richmond, Company H from Dexter, Company I from Kennett, Company K from Sikeston, Company L from Cape Girardeau, Company M from Poplar Bluff and the machine gun company from Carterville.
"Every commander says his men are the best but I challenge any of them to exhibit a finer body of troops than the 140th Infantry," Col. Albert Linzwiller said. "I want Kansas City to look at her sons, and I know they will agree with what I have said. They deserve all the credit, and I know Kansas City is rightly proud of every one of them."
Right here it may be said that the "Little Colonel" is the idol of the boys. That cannot be said of every commanding officers in the National Guard. Colonel Linzwiler was relieved of his command before the Argonne offensive. Just ask the boys what opinions they have about the charge. They will talk when they are out of the service.
UNDER MANY COMMANDERS
The 140th Regiment, since its formation October 1, 1917, at Camp Doniphan, has been under these commanders: (this was very hard to read--some spellings may be incorrect) Colonel Linzwiler, October 1, 1917 to December 1917, Col. William Newman, January 1, 1918 to April 4, 1918, Colonel Linzwiler, April 5, 1918 to June 18, 1918, Col. P. P. Murphy, June 19, 1918 to September 1918, Lieut. Col. Fred I. Lemmon, September 16, 1918 to September 22, 1918, Lieut. Col. P. E. ?Leieplane, September 23, 1918 to October 16, 1918, Col. Alonzo Clary, October 17, 1918 to January 6, 1919, Lieut. Col. ?maisse, January 7, 1919 to February 16, 1919, Lieut. Col. M. A. Harris, February 16, 1919 to Febuary 20, 1919. Colonel Linzwiler now in command.
The first section of the troop trains is in command of Colonel Linzwiler, and has on board the headquarters of the 50th Brigade Headquarters, the 140th Headquarters company, Supply company and Sanitary Detachment and the Regimental band.
On the second section, in command of Lieutenant Colonel Lemmon, is the First Battalion, comprising Companies A, B, C, and D, and Sanitary Detachment--fifteen officers and 397 men.
On the third train, in command of Major Ralph E. Trueman, is the Second Battalion, comprising Companies E, F, G. and H. and Sanitary Detachment, making a total of eleven officers and 495 men.
The fourth section is in commany of Major W. A. Smith and carries the Third Battalion, comprising Companies I, K, L, and M, the Machine Gun Company and Sanitary Detachment, making in all fourteen officers and 476 men.
WELCOME AT CAPE GIRARDEAU
The first section will wait tonight at Chaffee, fifteen miles south of Cape Girardeau for the other sections to catch up, which it is estimated will take almost five hours. The trains will lie overnight at the little town, and start tomorrow in time to arrive in Cape Girardeau at 7 o'clock. Many members of the regiment are from Cape Girardeau and surrounding county, and a big reception is awaiting the troops there.
It is planned to reach Kansas City at 7 o'clock Saturday morning. There is no lack of entertainment. The troops have been given a great ovation at every stop made and many were extended as the trains speeded through other towns. From appearances at stations along the way the population of the majority of Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri towns consists largely of pretty girls with ready smiles--and a hug and kiss if the opportunity is presented.
NO HUNGER ON THIS TRAIN
Soldiers on other trains may go hungry, but not on this one. In the middle of the train is a mess coach in charge of Sergt. J. P. McKheen of the supply company and Earl M. Chandler of the headquarters company. The mess sergeants pass the food through the train, and the men, as in France, eat from their mess kits.
Probably the greatest ovation given the troops after they left Memphis was at Sikeston. While the band was playing the train pulled out and left the musicians. The train had gone almost a mile before the mistake was discovered.
Source: The Kansas City Star, May 9, 1919, transcribed by A. Newell.
Washington, June 21, 1918--One hundred and twenty-seven casualties in the Marines attached to the American Expeditionary forces were announced at Marine Corps headquarters today divided as follows: Ten killed in action, 19 died from wounds received in action and 98 severely wounded. Among those killed in action is:
PRIVATE RANDELL A. MATTINGLY, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. --Pennsylvania Patriot, June 22, 1918.
PRIVATE ACIE SPARKMAN, Cape Girardeau, MO, died of disease. --The Illinois Republic, Sept 24, 1918.