Headquarters American Division: Historical Bulletin No. 1

Following the armistice, the Headquarters of the Eightieth Division American Expeditionary Forces released historical bulletins that educated the American soldiers about French history and culture and encouraged them to visit nearby churches and explore the countryside. This may have been an effort to make American soldiers appear more scholarly and disciplined than they might have […]

Confidential Report from the Battle of Meuse-Argonne

This is a report from the Battle of Meuse-Argonne, a major battle that lasted from September 26, 1918 until the armistice on November 11, 1918. This report was compiled on March 24, 1919 and it was “not to be considered as a historical document, but for the confidential use of press correspondents and magazine writers […]

Remembering Camp Lee

Captain Terry was stationed at Camp Lee before he left for France. He returned from France on September 11th of 1919 and went to Camp Lee on September 15th. There, he received an honorable discharge. Terry remained involved with his comrades, and was a member of the Eightieth Division Veterans Association, serving as its National […]

Captain Terry Touring Versailles

Captain Terry received orders on March 27th to report to the Headquarters Battalion in the Commanding General of Paris. The next day, Terry was given a pass to stay with the Assistant Provost Marshal for a day and then moved to his more permanent apartments. The captain stayed in Paris at the Battalion out on […]

Captain Terry and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Captain Terry was a 1916 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He served as one of the football team’s starting quarterbacks during his senior year. Terry’s father also attended VPI, but left early to take over the Wytheville Dispatch. During the first world war, VPI was the university with the highest percent of alumni serving in […]

In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields” was a poem written during the First World War to commemorate the soldiers who had died by a Canadian physician and solider. While this was written before Captain Terry arrived in France, he would have been familiar with the poem and heard it recited at many funerals and memorials.

Captain Terry’s Tour of Southern France and Italy

When Captain Terry had recovered from gas poisoning, he took a vacation to the south of France and Italy with Captain Nottingham, a “most wonderful trip” that included stops in Marseilles, Cannes, Grasse, Nice, Monaco, Lyon, and Dijon. He obtained a booklet that was titled “Souvenir Imperial de la Cote d’Azur” that displayed watercolor pictures […]

Camp Lee

Arthur Terry began training to be an officer in May of 1917 at the first Fort Myer camp in Arlington, Virginia. After three months of intensive training, on August 15th he was appointed as a captain in the Infantry Division of the Officers’ Reserve Corps. The War Department placed Arthur Terry on active duty as […]

Tunnel Rats

During the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong built many tunnels, especially under Chu Chi. Charles Bowman and his friend Gary often volunteered to go into these tunnels, where they would search for information and supplies and then destroy the tunnels. This was very dangerous, as there were false floors and claymore mines. In 2002, Charlie […]