see the small periscope of a
submarine skimming along
the surface of the sea.
We encountered some rough
weather one day & most of
the boys were awful sick.
The ship rolled from side to
side & everytime mess call
sounded I noticed that the
fellows carrying the eats
usually slid all over the
deck & spilled the chuck.
The mess hall on these
occasions looked like a
garbage plant.
About May 20th, I heard our
guns firing & quickly
ran to my station expecting
the ship to be torpedoed.
When I got on deck great
excitement was in evidence
& although I searched the
sea expectantly, I couldn't
sight any hostile U-Boats.
I learned later that
4 submarines were after
us & that at least two of
them were sunk. That
night I thought we were
bound to get it as the
sailors said the surround-
ing waters were full of
German U. Boats.
But nothing happened & on
May 23rd we sighted France.
We worked all of that
night unloading the ship
& on the 24th we dis-em-
barked & marched to a
grove on the outskirts of
the city, which was Brest.
We pitched pup tents in
this grove & remained
there for 3 days. A small
Belgian Boy told me his
mother & father, also him-
self, had been deported
into Germany & that one
day when they failed to
halt at the command
of a Boche sentry, a bomb