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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: DECEMBER 2, 1917.
OMAHA AMBULANCE BOYS ARE
Gate City Red Cross Company is Part of 309th Sanitary
Train of 84th Division Located at Camp
PRIDES OF LOUISVILLE CAMP
By CHARLES E. HALL.
Camo Zachary Taylor, Louisville,
Ky, Dec. 1. (Special.) To- many
people in Omaha there is a direct in
terest in anything concerning Canii)
Zachary Taylor, for the reason that
there are over 100 of the best youni?
men ia Omaha now stationed here
These men now compose Ambulance
Company No. 335, and are known
here as Omaha Ambulance Company
Further, there is interest in the
camp itself, as being one of the 16
cantonments, at which are beinR
trained not only all of the great select
army, but many regular troops, as
Any soldier sent to Camp Zachary
Taylor is very fortunate in beinR sent
to one of the best, if not the best, of
all the cantonment. '
Its location is ideal. Louisville is
a fine city, and with characteristic
southern hospitality is doinj? very
much for the soldiers. It is able to
do this owing to its equipment for
such service. Probably no other city
of its ize, nor many of larger size,
have as many splendid churches,
libraries, lecture halls and kindred
institutions. Each church vies with
the other, to provide wholesome in
struction and entertainment for the
Large signs are placed on the1
churches, Or are erected on the church
lawns, calling attention to the wel
come extended to soldiers, as well as
to special features provided expressly
Apparently no family is too rich,
nor too far up the social ladder, to
appreciate what these young soldiers
are doing, that wealth may be pre-J
served and that the finer things of life
be enjoyed by their fortunate posses
sors. Into these, and scores of more
humblev homes, soldiers are invited,
every Sunday, to partake of. the Sun
day meal, meet the young people of
the home, and others of the city, in
vited in for the occasion.
. ! Soldiers' Club.
In the heart of the business .:tion
only a few doors from the posi -Rice,
a splendid free club room for soldiers
has been provided- This club is
equipped with writing desks, sta
tionery, reference library, information
bureau, telephone booth, lounging
The city is well policed, and within
the principal business area is excep
tionally clean. There is a zone estab
lished within which the soldiers are
required to remain, not because that
conditions are vile without, but be
cause the zone of permission includes
all that is best, or necessary, and
limits the work of the military police,
which would be enormous, if every
street were policed by tiin.
We were i.ot used to military po
lice in Omaha,, so a word or two
about them may not be amiss. The
duty of the military police is to pre
serve order within the camp itself,
within the territory surrounding the
camp, and known as the military re
servation, and within adjacent areas,
well populated, like cities, to which
considerable numbers of men from
the camp may g while on leave.
That these men shall be as well
behaved while away from the camp
as within it, the camp cotmander ex
tends the zone of military oolice
activity to the city and town in ques
tion, applying it only to members of
his camp. Thus the military police
atrol the streets of Louisville at all
ours and arrest any soldier who may
be outside the zone to which he is
entitled to visit, or who is anyway
doing anything which would be cither
civtl or military infraction of law.
particularly military, for military re
quirements are usually more stringent
than are the civil requirements with
respect to observance of city or
dinances, etc. v
The camp is located close to the
southern extremity of Louisville and
is about five miles from the center
of the city. Well paved streets over
several routes lead to it, the city
street car system is extended to it,
and a fine interurban service is pos
sible also. The fare oil the street
cars is 5 cents, on the ifflerurban 10
cents, and one can ride in a public
automobile for 25 cents. ' .
The camp and reservation is located
upon high rolling land, some of which
is covered with splendid native forest
trees. The :amp, while doubtless ar
ranged according to the best practice
of military science, still is as beauti
fully laid ont as though the work
had been done by an experienced and
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command of Captain Roberts, a med
ical reserve officer, of Flint, Mich.
Next comes Omaha's own company,
No. 335, with a partial equipment,
contributed by the Omaha chapter of
thw Red Cross. Our company is com
manded by Captain Kline, a medical
reserve officv. fi-m Cleveland, O., and
a very earnest and rgetic officer.
Its senior first lieutenant, Dr. Lin
quest, who was in command when the
company left Omaha, is an able and
efficient officer, very much admired l
and respected for his ability, charac
ter, attention to duty and care of the
men in the company.
Two Omaha Officers.
The junior lieutenants are:. Martin, I
Hall and Fleischman. Martin and I
Hall are from Omaha, and Fleisch
man is a medical reserve officer from
New England. , , ,
The Fourth company is composed
of men from the select or national
army, and is not equipped, but is
fast getting in shape, under Captain
Jordan, and his lieutenants.
The sanitary train' is now detailed
to do all of the ambulance work of
the entire camp, two ambulances be
ing on duty continually at the base
One ambulance and detail, under
Lieutenant Lynn T. Hall. M. D of
Omaha, Company No. 335, is at
present on . daily duty , with the In
fantry School of Arms. Dr. Hall is
also mess officer of the company
and in charge of the officers' mess, be-
sides lecturing to the Officers' Schoo
of Arms. ' , . - , , , ;
The Omaha company barracks ant
Omaha officers' barracks are locatet
in the most favorable position. iffJ'Ju
camp. They are just across the mea.
from the newspaper offices of the
Louisville Courier-Journal and othet
papers, telegraph office and, canteen
The commanding officers' residence
the camp auditorium and the Youni
Men's Christian - association am
Knights of Columbus auditoriums ar
each within two blocks of these bar
Thtf . "cuisine" of the compar.
mess is in charge of former Uniok
Pacific dining car and Henshaw ho
tel employes, and is said to be thi
best in the camp.
killed landscape artist. The roads
wind over the ridges and sweep with
graceful curves through beautiful
ravines, from the crest of one ridge
to that of another, and finally merge
into the splendid drives and grand
woods of one of the most beautiful
parks in America.
Truly; Camp Zachary Taylor is one
of the best located and of the most
livable camps in our country.
The welfare work for the men at
the-camp ranks well up with arty
other camp and is far ahead of some.
The Young Men's Christian associa
tion buildings, while of the general
type and usual number, appear to be
exceptionally well handled and the
work ijs well administered. The
Knights of Columbu' building is of
the usual type and size.- In addition
to these ther is a splendid auditorium
for lectures, schools of instruction
and entertainment This building has
a scene loft and stage adequate for
almost any play, and the best theatri
cal productions in the country will
be offered here from time to time.
There is an undefined quality exist-1
ing about all camps, which, for a bet
ter term, is sometimes- called its at
mosphere. This atmosphere is es
sentially the reflection of the char
acter and quality of the commanding
officer and the personality of his
staff. Insofar as such atmosphere
may be compared, that of Camp Zach
ary Taylor would rank high.
Major General Hale, the officer in
command, is every inch a soldier. He
is competent, earnest and unusually
industrious. ? He realizes to a remark
able degree the seriousness and im
portance f the duty imposed upon
him, has an accurate measure of his
resnonsibilitiy and the ability to dis
charge his duties. He is everlasting
ly "on the job" and his influence per
vades and inspires tne wnoie cam
Ably supported by a splendid .sta:
full of the spirit of their leader, there
is an electric thrill throughout all of
the camp life and action. Action is
the word. You feel it and sense it as
you enter the reservation, lit is
"Esprit du Corps" personified.' .
Into this environment the Omaha
ambulance company arrived, in the
darkness of night, late in September,
and it is now ,a part of the division,
which is being developed Into a splen
did army. ' .
Part of 84th Division.
This division is officially designated
as the 84th division, and the Omaha
ambulance company is a part of the
sanitary train of this division. The of
ficial designation of the sanitary train
is- the owth sanitary train.
Should anyone wish to write to
some of the Omaha boys and desire
the proper address, it is as follows:
"To , care 309th Sanitary
Train, Ambulance Company No. 33s,
84th Division, Camp Zachary Taylor,
The 309th sanitary train is com'
posed of four ambulance companies,
under Major t-letcher, a medical re
serve officer from St. Louis, Mo., and
a very capable officer. One of these
companies is composed , of regular
army men under Captain Bueker, and
its motive power is the very efficient!
muie. jne next company is wnai is
known as the "Knights Templar com
pany." It full equipment of motor
ambulances, officers' car and other
equipment were given to the United
Mates by , the Knights lemplar ot
Michigan. This company is under the
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