American Boys across the Sea
American Forces were landed on European soil with amazing speed anderceived a royal welcom everywhere. In any large city like London or Paris their arrival was madea gala occasion. The streets were decorated, American flags were displayed everywhere, great crowds of people cheered the boys and the highest officials reviewed them.
These are sailors from one of the warships making a friendly demonstration. In the center may be seen a Red Cross flag, undoubtedly accompanied by doctors , nurses and stretcher-bearers. You will notice that most of the spectators are standing with uncovered heads.
Each first-class Americn warship has from a thousand to fifteen hundred sailors, every one of whom is an American in full citizenship, able to read and write. As soon as they enlist, their training begins. If a recruit has a trade, he tells it. Each man is assigned to some particular duty to which he is prepared in the trade schools maintained by the navy. The sailors are trained to work togetheron their own ship. and when that is accomplished, the ship's crew must undergo another course of training to enable that ship to become a part of the fleet. The most complete cooperation is essential in the navy. The primary duty of a warship is, of course, to fight its men on the sea. It may be necessary to exert force on the land and the sailors are prepared for such work. Many naval officers have urged that sailors should never be landed as their value on warships is too great for such risks. Never are one -third of the men are landed from a ship for any purpose.
Besides its sailors, each American warship has a company of marines or regular fighting men organized along army lines
|Collection||NCHS Military Collection|
|Title||American Boys across the Sea. 19103|
|Source||Lozano, Jesus & Elizabeth|