We found on reaching the front that we were serving in what was perhaps the most literary branch of any army. [...] It would be interesting to list the authors who were ambulance or camion drivers in 1917. Dos Passos, Hemingway, Julian Green, William Seabrook, E.E. Cummings, Slater Brown, Harry Crosby, John Howard Lawson, Sidney Howard, Louis Bromfield, Robert Hillyer, Dashiell Hammett... one might almost say that the ambulance corps and the French military transport were college-extension courses for a generation of writers.
During the war, the drivers wrote home, and many of their letters were published in local newspapers. Then they wrote for the newspapers, for magazines...and they wrote books about their experiences. After the war, they wrote more books about their experiences.
AFS continued to publish its "AFS Bulletin"---begun at "21" and maintained throughout the period the organization was part of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service. These bulletins followed the general format of a college alumni bulletin, with information about former drivers, about coming or past gatherings, about fund-raising efforts...
The AFS Association published several commemorative books. The first, The History of the American Field Service in France, (Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1920, in three volumes), is an extension of Andrew's Friends of France of 1916. It describes the organization of the service, the activities of its sections in the words of participants, giving descriptions of the various people, places and activities characterizing the Service in general and in particular. It also gives a complete list of the drivers and of all those who sponsored ambulances. The frontispiece letter was written by Maréchal Joffre, --- Foch had declined --- and all was dedicated:
before whose silent Sacrifice,
deep hidden in their Hearts,
our Part seems mere Adventure.
A second publication, the memorial volume, was devoted entirely to the men who died during the war, with a photograph and a essay for each of the 127.