Sunday, November 4, 2012
Many books were published during the War about the experiences of the drivers. Above is a small selection of some contemporary works by drivers. These are easy to find and also exist in digital versions. Friends of France is a good place to start. Published in 1916 to raise funds and awareness of the AFS, many later drivers such as Harry Crosby read this book.
Pictured is a copy of A. Piatt Andrew's book Letters Written Home From France In The First Half of 1915. The book was limited to two hundred fifty copies. The photo is one presented by Andrew to his parents. The award document is for the Legion of Honor. This is Andrew's second award raising him to Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1927.
See http://apiattandrewredroof.blogspot.com/ for more about APA and his house, "Red Roof," in Gloucester Mass.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Harry's mother presented copies of the book to as many of his ambulance service comrades as possible. The above photo offers a glimpse of the book as well as two letters, each presenting the book to one of Harry's friends--Philip Shepley and Way "Spud" Spaulding. Shepley and Spaulding were members of the AFS unit SSU 71 which became, after the US Army took over in the Fall of 1917, SSU 641. Both figure prominatly in the book.
Also shown in the photograph is a American Field Service hat badge and a American Field Service medal.