Remarks by the President to
a group of American Field Service students
in the Rose Garden, 12 July 1955, 12:00 noon:
Well, youngsters, it is really good to see you. Years ago I saw some of your predecessors on the steps at Columbia, I remember. We had a big morning at that time. You have just completed your year in the United States, and I am sure that you have learned a lot here, as we have learned a lot from you, because that has been the history of these expeditions.
I understand that now 600 of our own young Americans are in your countries, sort of paying a return call. We are delighted.
It seems a hit of a fortunate coincidence that I should have an opportunity to see all of you just as I am about to depart for Geneva, where, with others, we will try to explore the reasons why this world does not seem to get closer to peace, and to try to find roads that, if the world follows, all of you may live a little hit more tranquilly than have the people of my generation.
History, of course, has left us a rather tangled network of prejudices and hatreds and suspicions that are not easy to eradicate; and these are intensified by differences in ideologies---doctrinaire positions that seem to set men one against another and make it difficult for us to live like we should like to live.
Now people don't want conflict---people in general. It is only, I think, mistaken leaders that grow too belligerent and believe that people really want to fight.
I hope that you have learned in your year here that this country does have certain basic principles---beliefs---that though not often expressed in the home and in the schools are nevertheless a very basic part of our existence.
We believe in the individual. We believe that every individual is endowed with certain rights---to worship as he pleases, to think as he pleases, to speak as he pleases, to work at the kind of profession that he himself wants.
So if we live true to these principles, we are bound to have a government---country---that does not want to fight. Because it is one truly of the people and for the people.
And so, as we go to Geneva, trying to interpret this belief and this conviction, we are hopeful that there may be some way in which all of you can live out your lives tranquilly, helping over the years to promote the kind of understanding that you have gathered in the past year, that you will help to spread in your own countries when you go home, helping to spread the understanding that will lead to the peacefulness of your own lives and those that come after you. It is possible that the kind of conventions that you people have been having among yourselves, with those you have visited, and that our young Americans are having in your countries, may be far more important in the long run than the kind to which I am going.
Never forget, you have got a long time to live in this world, and so you want to make certain that you do your part with a full comprehension of the facts and with an open-minded, conciliatory attitude toward the other fellow's viewpoint. But never sacrifice the basic principle that the human being is the important thing on this planet.
I am not sure, youngsters, why I got so serious just as I came out here to see you all, but possibly it is because I have spent so much of my life with young people---young soldiers, young people. I like them and trust them. And honestly, my confidence in what you---this group---those like you---those that come after you---can do in this world is unbounded.
Don't ever let anyone tell you you are licked.
Good luck to each of you.
The bus trips in July are the high point of our European students' stay in this country. They cover a lot of territory and many of the stops en route are arranged for by AFS members. Here are some:
Ellis SLATER (SSU 69) exerted his good offices to arrange for 72 students from 17 nations to meet President Eisenhower on 12 July. The President took this occasion to point his talk toward the coming Geneva meeting, which accounted for the country-wide publicity on TV, radio, and in the papers the next day. Afterwards Christine Berendsen attached an AFS pin to the President's lapel. Delighted, he said that he had received many decorations in his life "but never one from a better looking girl," adding that she had "taken about 45 years off my life."
Colgate W. DARDEN (SSU 1) arranged to have kids sleep in the University of Virginia and see Monticello.
Michael SCULLY (CM 92) arranged the stop at Lincoln, Illinois, with its interesting sights.
Bunny WICKS (SSU 67) arranged for one load at Salt Lake, and Earl JOHNSTON (SSU 14-10) one at Oklahoma City. Verne MARSHALL (SSU 4) took care of the Cedar Rapids stop, and Bill FARRELLY (ME 37) arranged everything at St. Louis, following in the steps of Joe DESLOGE (TMU 526), who did so much that way.
Phil SPRAGUE (SSU 8) at Michigan City had started but was sick and passed it on to the Rotary.
George MEDILL (ME 37) for the second year looked after York, Pa. Ed MASBACK (ME 37) got one on the way at Scarsdale, N.Y. And Chan KELLER (ME 26) took care of Binghamton, N.Y. John BAYLOR (CM 86) again offered a welcome in Lincoln, Nebr., while Mr. and Mrs. Sterling GRUMMAN (CM 41) greeted the students in Darien, Conn. Wes FENHAGEN (CM 41) looked after a bus in Baltimore. And Steve ROWAN (CM 40) volunteered to be a bus-trip chaperone. We love to have AFSers do this and guarantee a fine experience.
Paul WESTFALL (TMU 184) once again made the arrangements for Prentiss, Mo., as did Beman DAWES (TMU 184) in Cincinnati. And in Princeton, Sam FRANTZ (SSU 18) headed the welcoming committee.
Colonel RICHMOND is always the first AFS man on the spot. So it was natural to have him entertain at Little Compton as the first stop of the New England bus. A perfect occasion.
"Red Roof" opened its doors again on 15 July to AFS34 of our kids from Japan, Turkey, Finland, Scandinavia, and several European countries. They swam, talked, and lunched at Mrs. Patch's invitation. This busload of kids wandered through the house and saw all the odds and ends of glass, porcelain, and pictures collected by Doc Andrew from all parts of the world. They stared at the German sign "30 places" over Doc's abri, gazed at Waldo Peirce's poster of the famous final banquet at rue Raynouard, and at the helmets and swords that are part of 1914-1918 days.
They were told about Doc Andrew and the start of the AFS and realized full well that this great experience for them and the hundreds of other teenagers was due to Doc's decision to leave "Red Roof" in 1914 and set forth on his great adventure. They learned that one man's action created an AFS that has grown and grown and played a part in the continual struggle for freedom.
Doc would have been happy to have known that "Red Roof" was again alive with the happy laughter of boys and girls, particularly that they were AFS kids whose laughter and songs and talk filled the house with the life that he enjoyed so much.
At Chappaqua for a meeting ran into Bob REASOR (SSU 32) and of all good surprises found Philip A. LITCHFIELD (CM 63) was covering the meeting as chief photographer for the five fine local newspapers.
Kansas City: A good visit with Charlie GRIESA (SSU 2). He is AFS representative there, and the program is growing steadily in the area. Missed Harold PURDY (SSU 1), who was away.
Maine: Sag SEWALL (SSU 4) called a meeting of all Maine AFSers at a luncheon at his house overlooking the ocean with a gorgeous view and lobsters which came along 10 minutes after their demise. Ted CURTIS (SSU 15), Sumner SEWALL (SSU 8), Tom MEANS (TMU 526), J. G. BIRKETT (IB 1), Joe MELLEN (SSU 3), W. B. EBERHARD (ME 16, FR 3-T), Arthur WILLIAMS (FR 4), Don PERCY (TMU 184), Nathaniel KENDRICK (SSU 26): certainly a distinguished group---a former Governor of Maine, a General of the Air Force, a Dean of Bowdoin College, and a full professor of classics. Ted LE BOUTILLIER (ME 16) and Way SPAULDING (SSU 71) wrote nice letters; James Hopkins SMITH (SSU 3) and Robinson VERRILL (SSU 3) couldn't make it; but all four wanted to.
The luncheon was given to start an AFS Maine committee to further the placing of students in the various communities, under Sag Sewall's chairmanship. It got off to a wonderful start.
Milwaukee: At a luncheon meeting Dave UIHLEIN (CM 97) and Mr. George PFAU, whose son was in the AFS (WW II) and is now in San Francisco.---Later saw Dick NELSON (CM 60), who came to a tea for foreign students.
Washington, D.C.: The benefit for AFS was an evening boat ride on the Potomac---very successful and attended by ambassadors, government officials, and society personages. Among AFSers seen about: Bob BUELL (SSU 15), Walter WHITE (SSU 4), Grima JOHNSON (FR 40, ME 16) and wife, Mrs. T. D. DURRANCE, Mrs. Glover (mother of J. H. GLOVER, SSU 2), and many old friends of AFS---including Mr. and Mrs. Bliss and Mrs. Robert Bacon.
Wilmington, Delaware: Saw Barry TOME (CM 45), who is now a member of the local committee, and dined with John CONANT (TMU 526) before an AFS student meeting.
Children's day. The son of Dr. Ed EVANS, brother of Jim and Art (both SSU 4) went to Europe this summer on the AFS summer program, as did the niece of Dick BABCOCK (ME 4), whom it was good to see for a few minutes this spring.
Statistics: Including the foreign students in this country for the 1954-55 school year, AFS has granted 1,486 scholarships to foreign students since 1947. In addition, it has enabled 747 U.S. students to go abroad. This brings the grand total to date to 2,233. And now the first of the 1955-56 students are beginning to arrive, of whom we expect to have not less than 654.
New representatives: Bey CHANEY (ME 24, FR 1'), after the Reunion, decided he wanted to act as AFS chairman to place a student in Croton, N.Y. Robert W. CRAWFORD (ME 37) is now treasurer of the AFS Princeton committee, having replaced Bayly WINDER (ME 4, FR 5), who has returned to Syria. Ann CUTLER, wife of Jack (FR 40), has accepted the chairmanship of the committee in Stamford, Conn. And Justus C. MARTIN, Jr. (CM 100) has become our representative in Atlanta, Georgia, and has placed two students there for this winter.
The Reverend Benjamin P. FORD (ME 32, FR 8) has accepted the chairmanship of AFS in Moravia, N.Y. Ben writes: "After two and a half years in South Dakota, working with the Sioux on the Rosebud Reservation, I am back in the East and rector of St. Matthew's Church here. I have two children now, both girls, and an Indian dog named Witherspoon."
Personal notes: Glen ACHESON (TMU 526-184) dropped in. He has retired from Wall Street. He promised some photographs of the Cornell unit.
Ellbridge ADAMS (SSU 26) in, recently returned from Paris. He said he had had a free day and hired a taxi, told the man 21 rue Raynouard---and refused to believe the driver when he dropped him there. He said it wasn't the same place, and wept bitter tears.
Chuck BOOK (IB 57), now Minister of Education at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arlington, Va., writes: "Thank you for your gracious letter about our entertaining the students here in Arlington. Indeed I am the ex-AFS driver, and also a recipient of an AFS Educational Loan. I would appreciate being placed on the mailing list again and regret that I moved around so much that I got off said list. Having the students with us over the 4th of July weekend was the finest project experience a Church-related youth group could ever have . . . . Our youngsters planned and worked together in an amazing way, and there were tears at the time of departure. This was our second year of entertaining a busload of students, and we cherish the privilege of having them with us many years to come."
Lunch with Julien BRYAN (SSU 12)---much talk of his films and a story about showing his film on Turkey to the Turkish President at the Waldorf, and just as he was being ushered out by the bodyguard being asked to show it all over again.
John EARLE (ME 32, FR 4) in from North Hollywood, where he is active president of the junior Jaycees. He reported that Charlie PERKINS (ME 16) has moved north to Santa Inez, California, where he is raising his own cattle.
Davis HALLIWELL (SSU 9) came in from Litchfield to take a look around and said that next time he would drive in in a station wagon and bring some souvenirs (see Memorials). He is a neighbor of G. C. GIGNOUX (SSU 3).
Through the co-operation of Charles KINSOLVING (SSU 4), Newsweek on 18 July gave a fine article (p. 58) on the AFS summer program, which sends American teen-agers abroad for two months in a European home.
LeRoy F. KRUSI (TMU 133), on his return from a trip around the world with his son, LeRoy H. KRUSI (ME 1, IB 6), writes: "In Athens, Tim and I had run across a university girl who was teaching us something of Greek art, or perhaps she was conducting us on a tour of the Tavernas. Imagine our surprise to find that her 14-year-old sister was leaving for New York in September and that her first point of call was Mr. Stephen Galatti. . . Tim and I would have stopped in to see you on our return, but unfortunately Tim met with a ski accident at Davos Dorf. I skied on for two weeks, but at the end of that time his right knee looked pretty bad, and as a result I changed my schedule to a direct flight from Zurich to San Francisco with only one change of planes. His leg is still giving him a lot of trouble, but he is back at his shop (Decorative Imports) hobbling around."
Bill MILLER (ME 1) at the airport waiting for a plane gave Sue Levine of the AFSIS staff a helping hand with the arriving summer kids . . . . Steve ROWAN (CM 40) comes in to the office to help on lists, later chaperones a bus trip, and now plans to stay on with AFSIS . . . . Fred CREED (IB 55) around for a long time and always lending a helping hand . . . . And Henry CHANDLER (IB 16), recovered from hepatitis, being quietly useful.
Ned PURVES (SSU 4) and Stuart KAISER (SSU 71) were hosts to our AFS kids in Washington, D.C. The former writes: "The other day my neighbor Mrs. Thomas Pike, whose husband is Assistant Secretary of Defense, got in touch with us to talk about the Field Service. I had not known until that moment that their daughter was in Germany last summer on a Field Service scholarship. Nor did I realize, until Mrs. Pike told me more about it, the phenomenal success and growth of the AFS scholarships. This is certainly a very great work."
Those of you who come from Seattle will he as glad as HQ is to know that John L. SCOTT, AFS representative during the Second War and now with our student program, has received the OBE in recognition of his services in Anglo-American relationships. Besides AFS, he is instrumental in raising funds for Spitfire planes and served as a Major in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Parker VAN ZANDT (TMU 133) writes from his NATO office in Paris: "While on the Costa Brava last week on a spring vacation, we wandered into a stationery store in the little town of San Feliu de Guixols (Gerona). When the proprietress learned we were Americans, she got out with great pride and excitement the letters and enclosures which her son, Jorge Viader, had sent her from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he has an AFS scholarship. I thought you would be interested to know of this one small evidence of the good-will which the AFSIS program is creating."
Walter WHITE (SSU 4) is Executive Director of the Business Advisory Council, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
AFS has always something new to offer: in a little house in Alaska are: Bob ELSNER (ME 32), physiologist; Fred MILAN (IB 43), anthropologist; and Dr. Don RENNIE (IB 57), Air Force Captain and physiologist. They are all with the Arctic Aero-Mechanical Laboratory, Ladd Air Base, delving into the effect of cold weather on man and what can be done about it.---It is one more tribute to the kind of people who make up AFS that these three should have been brought together to do a job which only few are doing.
A 3-column article in a leading Italian newspaper links AFS wartime and the new program in a way that will be of interest to Second World War veterans. In the Corriere della Liguria (Genoa), Leonardo Leonardi writes, in part, as follows: "At the end of the war, AFS had a powerful organization and a large number of followers in America. So they decided not to return to a state of inertia so that they would have to come out again to transport wounded soldiers in the grievous case of a third war. They decided to do something to prevent injuries, bloodshed, destruction. And they realized that the best hope was given by the young people of Europe, America, and other continents: the young people, without prejudice or hate, would be the best messengers of peace between peoples would be able to observe the virtues, the defects, the problems of other people. And perhaps they would find out that these problems were not so different from the ones of their own country.
"During the year we spent in America, we learnt to know her as she is, not as she appears in films or books. We learned how to love the country as well as its free people. But this is not the only result of our experiences. This year gave us, Europeans, the chance to know one another, to feel closer to one another. For a long time we lived together: on board ship, during the ocean trips, during the trips the AFS organized for us around the U.S.; sometimes even for one year living in the same community. A Roman girl, a friend of mine, not long ago wrote me from Syracuse, where many AFS students live: 'Here in America, so far from our home countries, living among people and in a civilization so different from ours, we realized a great truth: we are not divided into Germans, French, Italians, Greeks, etc. We are all Europeans.' "
We are beginning to have returned students in so many of the towns you were so familiar with, as well as many others-Rome, Milan, Bologna, Palermo, Trieste, Florence, Verona, Ravenna, Genoa, Udine, Turin, Parma, Grado Gorizia. And we hope next year to cover even more territory. And so AFS goes hack to Italy once more.
YOUR CHILDREN AND AFSIS
This is to remind you that the sons and daughters of AFS members, if juniors or seniors in high school, are eligible for the Summer Program and will be given the same screening by the selection committee, whether or not their community takes part in the regular winter program. It is a remarkable opportunity, and we hope that many will take advantage of it.
The Summer Program started with a bunch of French kids who had spent the winter in our high schools. In 1950 they persuaded a number of friends in France to offer a home to an American teenager for the two summer months. Returnees in other countries heard of the idea, and the program was soon under way: from 9 in the first summer, it has grown until this year AFS sent over 600 to spend the summer in homes in 18 countries.
The returnees in each foreign country have formed local committees---both to help with selection of students for later winters and to run the Summer Program. They screen the families who offer to take in an American and, with the assistance of the AFS staff members who accompany the summer group (John Baylor and Maurice Binford have acted as chief representatives) keep an eye on their welfare after they have arrived.
Depending on the amount of time they have to spend traveling, they stay about two months in these homes, where they are treated as members of the family---doing whatever their "European family" would normally do. While it is hoped that the American will know some of the language of his host country, only those families are chosen that have an English-speaking member. At the end of the summer, the whole contingent meets in Paris for a few days before returning to the U.S.
High scholastic achievements are the first and essential qualification. After that, an interest in the world, an ability to get along with people, versatility, and a desire to further the aims of AFS are all important. The cost is minimal, and so much less than this could be done for if attempted independently that the whole thing is a remarkable bargain ---with the value of the program as an aid to international understanding as a bonus.
Inquiries will he cheerfully answered.
We regretfully announce the deaths of the following members and friends of the American Field Service:
Howland William Bottomley (TMU 184), 23 February 1955.
Theodore Berdell Brumback (SSU 66), 8 July 1955.
Allan Forbes (Advisory Committee), 9 July 1955.
Samuel Keller Jacobs (ME 16), 1954.
Theodore Weed Lewis (SSU 71), October 1950.
George Washington Lopp (American Hospital, Paris), 23 June 1955.
John Howard McFadden, Jr. (Paris HQ), 17 August 1955.
Edward Gallup Miles (SSU 66), 21 March 1955.
Allan Forbes will be mourned by the American Field Service because of the great service he rendered in 1939. He assumed the chairmanship of the Committee at a time when his name and prestige were important in giving the public confidence that the AFS was again aware of its great responsibility. Always ready with constructive and clear thinking, he saw the Service launched successfully in World War II and later supported the scholarship program. The AFS was ever one of his many activities, and as with everything he did he brought his wisdom to steer it on the right path---and to keep it there.
Those of us who knew George and worked with him in the desert are particularly saddened at the news of his passing. He was always ready with a smile, with a bit of sarcasm about the woes of trying to keep our old Chevvie buckboard ambulances in one piece, and he worked hard and earnestly and loyally, even in the noonday African heat, to keep the unit as mobile as possible, which under the circumstances was no small order.
His blue, distant eyes bespoke a gentle humor, a friendliness, and a quietly concealed idealism and dedication which belied his facile clowning and skeptical veneer and for which we shall always remember him.
Jack McFadden was one of the most effective and the least advertised leaders of the American Field Service. One of its earliest members, he threw his lot with Piatt Andrew when the severance came from the American Hospital, and his administration work was of the highest quality. He founded and edited the Bulletin, a monthly publication designed to keep the Sections in touch with one another. He was also responsible for raising very large sums of money on trips to the United States.
In the Second War he was the first to respond to my call for help, again raising substantial funds at the very start and continuing his interest not only as representative in Memphis but by his sound council on his many visits to New York. He had the ability to see things in their correct proportion. An extraordinary businessman, he gave the value of his wisdom to Andrew and to me without stint, quietly and effectively.
His loyalty to anyone connected with the AFS, and his generosity towards many of them, may not have been noticeable to all of you, but I can assure you they were without parallel. Perhaps I am the only person who really knows the full extent of what he did to build the AFS. And it gives me extreme satisfaction to tell you this now.
It is not only that some of us now have lost a friend, it is all of you---because you owe to him much of the opportunity you had and have.
LEWIS M. ALLEN. Jr. (ME 32'). was married on 12 March, 1955 and is living in New York City.
ROBERT BURKE BENHAM (IB 45) married Sarah Virginia Canan on 16 July, in Philadelphia.
LESTER WILLIAM HARDING, Jr. (ME 5, IB-T) wrote in that he couldn't come to the reunion because he was to marry Mary K. Griggs on 5 June. They are now living in Sunnyvale, California.
EDWIN POST MAYNARD III (CM 92) was married in Greenwich about 1 August, Chan Keller writes. Pat Graney, he adds, was Ed's best man.
JOSEPH PAUL MORRIS, Jr. (ME 37) on 16 April married Rebecca Polk Darnall in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Whit Bell attended and reported that Stokes Truitt was an usher.
And although we have resisted the temptation to report the weddings of the children of our friends, we would like to draw your attention to the marriage of Jane Hughes, daughter of the Reverend WILLIAM DUDLEY FOULKE HUGHES (SSU 29), and Regis Gignoux, son of GERARD CHRISTMAS GIGNOUX (SSU 10-33), on 30 July in Middletown, R.!. Regis a few years ago took charge of a busload of AFSIS students on their regular tour of the States at the end of their academic year.
SAMUEL D. BUSH III (CM 92) announced the birth of his fourth child and first son, Samuel Dacre IV, on 21 October 1954.
GEORGE ANDREW EBELHARE, Jr. (CM 88) and his wife Jane, parents on 27 January 1955 of George Andrew III.
LINDSAY GORDON SMITH (ME 22), reporting the birth of Gordon Haviland on 2 July, adds that he is currently teaching English and French at the Ilion (N.Y.) Central School while working on an advanced degree at Syracuse University.
Alfred M. BRACE (SSU 9 and 10), back in the States for a few months, writes that he is about to leave for a tour of duty with the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, and that "the latchstring will be out for AFS men if they drop in."
Robert L. BREWER, Jr. (ME 1) is now Vice-President of the Owensboro Forging Co., Owensboro, Ky.
A. William CARTER (ME 1), who had been "lost" for a long time, has come by AFS House several times recently, inspired by all the publicity the AFSIS has been receiving. Bill has been active in schoolwork in Greenwich, Conn., where he now lives.
Charles W. CRAIG (ME 37) was named Director of Public Relations of the Plymouth Division of the Chrysler Corp. on 1 August, having been their manager of community relations since 1953.
The Reverend David Sanford DUNCOMBE (ME 4) was instituted as First Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hicksville, N.Y., on 4 June.
A. C. ESCHWEILER III (ME 32), with his wife Geneva, recently visited the Club, having flown their own plane east from Fergus Falls, Minn., where Sandy works as a banker. He reminded us of that extraordinary hitch-hiking job he had to do to catch up with Unit 32, after it left him in hospital on the way to Egypt.
Mark ETHRIDGE, Jr. (IB, FR 4) in July left Newsday, where he had been editor of the editorial page since 1952, to become editor of the Raleigh Times.
Powel FENTON (SSU 3) sent a clipping from the Philadelphia Bulletin about the new French Consul, M. Pierre Gabard: "Mr. Gabard hopes to locate all the living Philadelphians who were with the American Field Ambulance Corps in Libya during World War II. He is especially anxious to say 'Vive la France and Vive l'Amérique' with them. The new consul is a much-decorated military hero. He lost a leg in the battle of Bir Hakim, Libya, 'one of the greatest stands of the Free French.' Pierre Gabard was a Captain in that action."
Dorothy FIELD at Easter, as she has done every year, placed a large bouquet of spring flowers in the Preble Memorial Room as "an Easter offering to all the AFS guys of the Honor Roll."
Warren G. FULLER (ME 26) has left Geneva to work in Rio de Janeiro for the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (Caixa Postal 5427, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil).
Fred M. GANZ (TM) wrote in March from Marrakech, Morocco, where he had met D. Q. COSTER (FR 40). Since then he has written to say that he has "been advised by the U.S. Marine Corps that I have completed 20 years of satisfactory military service and am eligible for retirement." In between he had been in New York and stopped by for a short visit.
Chas H. GRANT (TMU 133) writes that he has just about completed, after "9 long months, the work of assembling facts, figures, photographs, and vital statistics on the 43 men who made up the original California Unit . . . . We will have a 100% report on these 43 men, 29 of whom are still living. It is really remarkable to see what has happened to this small group."
Bruce C. HOPPER (TMU 526), Associate Professor of Government at Harvard---according to the March Alumni Bulletin---"received a Moroccan decoration this winter with an inscription which says, in Arabic and French: 'At your approach the lions tremble.' The presentation was made at the time of the visit of His Excellency Si Haj Mohammed Moktar Temsemani, Counselor for Information and Cultural Relations of the Sherifian Government, and His Excellency Si Abderrahman Ktiri, Khalifa of the Pasha of Port Lyautey." That's all we know, but it's pure poetry.
Buel HUTCHINSON (TMU 133) gave up his retirement last autumn to establish Imported Motors in Tucson, Arizona.
Charley JOHNSON (CM 45, FR 6) was, so far as we knew, at the Hun School. We sent off a postal and after a while got an answer: "The voyage our postcard had getting to me tells my story a little: Hun School, Princeton, N.J.; Southern Arizona School for Boys, Tucson, Ariz.; McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.; Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.; Cary Presbyterian Church, Cary, N.C.," of which he is now pastor.
Malcolm LAW (SSU 14), returned from a winter trip to Florida, etc., said that he had kept up a steady reunion---seeing Bartholomew BENNET, who has a large orange grove in Orlando, and F. W. HILDEBRAND, Jr., who has a lovely place on Hobe Sound. Then he drove north to St. Louis, where he saw Raymond E. MARITZ, who had just been made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Finally, back to Cape Cod and the spring planting.
Roderick MAC ARTHUR (FR 2) called to say he was off to France as photographer for Salute to France. And Porter McCRAY (CM 93) off, too, to handle special exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art.
DeWitt MORRILL (IB 7) terminated six years with the Wall Street Journal to handle stockholder relations for the Olin Mathisen Chemical Corp. He reported Charles ALBERT (IB 21) with Columbia Records in Bridgeport, Conn., and A. T. MACKAY (IB 13) in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Luther NELSON (Norton-Harjes) has taken out membership in AFS association, and glad we are. It would seem a logical move for all Norton-Harjes veterans and a pleasure for us. He presented a copy of his book---Omkring Verdun---En Norsk-Amerikansk Students Oplevelser i Ambulancetjenesten (illustrated)---to our library, where it looks very much at home.
Edward L. PATTULLO (ME 2) writes that he is in the Development Office of the University of Chicago (fund raising, public relations, etc.) and sees Frank CLIFFE (ME 32) out there.
Fred STUTZ (CM 43, FR 8) writes that for the last year he has been on the staff of the American Council on Education, in Washington, D.C. "Among our concerns is the so-called Leaders Program, which is carried out under contract with the U.S. Department of State. The nature and purposes of this program would seem to suggest that it is a first cousin to our Field Service operation."
Robert M. THAYER (AFS Advisory Committee) has been appointed Minister to Rumania.
Keith R. TURNER (CM 85) is now working in Germany as Director for Germany of the American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees, with his office in Munich.
John F. UPSON (CM 72) has left school teaching to work for the Van Nostrand Co. He handles textbooks for them in the West Coast states---and gets vacations as if he were still a student.
David VAN ALSTYNE, Jr. (SSU 15), writes that while in Paris in the spring "just at random I picked up a taxi driver who had been connected with old Section 2, or at least one of the sections that was sent to Serbia during World War I. His name was Louis Cel. He was with the Field Service as a Brigadier, but he didn't seem to know any of my comrades in the old gang. I wonder if you have ever heard of him?"
Melvin E. WATERS (CM 92) came up from Dallas, where he is now an accountant for the North American Compress & Warehouse Co., Inc.
Roy C. WILCOX (TMU 397), to testify to his love of wild life, in apparently all forms, sent in a list of the films he has produced on the "wonders of the living world around us": Wonders of Geese, Life in a Garden, Angling the Gaspé, Life Along the Waterways, Little Joe Otter, and Yours for a Song (the last with narration by George B. DOCK, Jr., SSU 2). "I'm trying through my films to educate the city boys in the schools as to 'what goes' in the country," he writes. "My films are in the public schools and libraries throughout the country . . . . Great stuff! Fun! UNprofitable."
Gordon YOUNG (SSU 15) writes that while in St. Petersburg this spring he "was entertained at the home of Jim RAMSDELL of SSU 9. You can imagine the goings-over of old records and pictures of 1917 and 1918." Ramsdell is with the Cloakey Realty Service there.
And while the original copy was at the printer, F. L. SPENCER (SSU 65) called up to say hello, in town on his way from Chicago to Europe. John C. O'DONNELL, Jr. (IB 17), who has been wandering, called to say he had settled in Westfield, Mass. And Buster PULLIAM (ME 28) dropped in to say how-do-you-do. He now works for Volkehart cotton brokers in Memphis. Do you remember his story about a judge advising a southern lady to file a petition for a divorce? It is the only story from longer than a week ago that I can still remember, and it still makes me laugh.
What was most important about the Anniversary Reunion? The people who came. First, then, the names of those who registered here, quite a number of whom were accompanied by their wives:
Carl Adam . . Ken Austin . . J. G. Adams . . Charles Albert . . Howard Brooke . . John Boit . . Whit Bell . . Ken Brennan . . Ernie Boger . . Bill Browning . . Liv Biddle . . Bill Barber . . Paulding Brown . . Melvin Braunstein . . Shirley Bowring . . John Baylor . . Mase Bowen . . George Barker. . Jody Brinton . . Mark Brennan . . George Collins . . Bill Clifford . . Peter Chew . . John Conant . . Bill Corry. . R. K. Chandler . . Charlie Craig . . Ed Cady . . Art Crothers . . Steve Carveth . . Gil Collyer. . C. F. Cole.. Fred Creed. . Herb Conway Ward Chamberlin . . Bey Chancy . . Carolus T. Clark . . Brooks Cooper . . Dave Cowles . . Robin Craven
Al Davis . . Mayo Darling . . Ed Diemer . . C. H. DeRoode . . Tom Durrance . . Harry Dunn . . Tom Dolan . . Arch Dudgeon . . Lucy DeMaine . . Bill Drew . . Bob Davis . . Bill DuVal . . Don Elberfeld . . Fox Edwards . . Bill Edwards . . Paul Elliott . . Fran Everett . . Frank Emmert . . Powel Fenton . . Red Fowler . . Dick Field . . Dot Field . . Harry Fiedler . . Francis Foster . . C. J. Farley . . Paul Fisher . . Manning Field . . Dick Frazier . . Charlie Feeney . . Sterling Grumman . . W. F. Gillroy . . Gerry Griffin . . Steve Galatti . . Roger Griswold . . Lillian Gordon . . Ray Gauger . . Pete Gorman . . C. G. Greenhalgh . . W. M. Goodwillie
Stocky Hopkins . . Tom Hale . . Dunbar Hinrichs . . Arthur Howard . . Charlie Huber . . Fred Hoeing . . John Hodel . . Bob Humphrey . . Art Howe . . Walt Hackett . . John Husted . . F. T. Henderson . . George Holton . . Joe Hoffman . . Larkin Hundley . . Frank Harward . . Clifford Hanna . . Wm. Haskell . . W. Jepson . . Henry Jones . . C. M. Kinsolving . . Luke Kinsolving . . Bill Lamprell . . Frank Lichtensteiger . . Perrin Long . . P. H. Long, Jr. . . Jack Leinbach. . . Norm Laden . . Noble Lee . . Joe Latham . . Russel Leavitt . . David W. Lewis
Dick Morrill . . Bill Miller . . Pete Melitz . . Rink Mann . . Houghtie Metcalf . . Mike Moran . . C. R. MacDonald . . J. McMaster . . Harry McDonald . . W. P. Murphy. . T. H. Maddocks . . Arthur Meyer . . D. McCreary . . Bill Middleton . . Bill Meleney . . Ray Mitchell . . Jim Michaels . . Ed Masback . . John Nettleton . . Dick Nelson . . Phil Nelson . . Luther Nelson . . Jay Nierenberg . . Jack Nicholson . . Hugh Parker . . Bill Powning . . Bill Pearl . . Al Parsell . . Bill Prince . . Jack Preston . . Emerson Parker . . C. M. Pike . . William Wightman Phillips
Ralph S. Richmond . . Henry Ross . . Steve Rowan . . Fred and Janet Rogers . . Dominic Rich . . W. O. Rutledge . . E. D. Ripley . . J. V. Ray . . R. A. Robbins . . Bob Richmond . . W. O. Randall . . John Reynolds . . George Rock . . Tom Ryan . . Barney Schley . . Tom Stix . . David Shoup . . E. H. Sudbury . . Din Smith . . Ed Spavin . . Fred Stutz . . Bill Stump . . Hugh Swofford . . J. M. Swasey . . R. Stockwell . . Ed Seccombe . . H. D. Sherrod . . Ken Shubert . . Arthur Stratton . . E. Stires . . Loyall Sewall . . Bill Stevens . . Eliot Smith . . R. C. Tripp . . Warren Taylor . . Luman Tenney . . Joe Tankoos . . Stokes Truitt . . Howard Terrell
James Ramsey Ullman . . W. D. Watson . . John Wisotzkey . . George Walker . . Conrad Wilson . . Berkeley Wheeler . . Roger Whitman . . Alfred Whitman . . Bill Whitehead . . K. T. White . . Tom White . . Pete Welgos . . Brinton Young . . Phil Zeigler . . Carl Zeigler.
There were many disappointments caused by those who had said they would come and then changed their minds. But it was a noble celebration, nonetheless, beginning earlier and ending later than scheduled. Otherwise, everything went off as planned, amid a steady gurgle and splash of conviviality. From the first of the week, there were scattered arrivals announced until on Thursday night Carl Zeigler breezed in and the party ineluctably had begun.
Shortly after noon on Friday, 3 June 1955, the World War I Memorial Room began filling, SSU 1 forming the first cluster around Mark Brennan. By 5 the bar was set up in the Second War room and the crowd was gathering fast. At 8, when the buffet was spread out, it was all you could do to get in or out of either of the rooms. And Steve Galatti had to perch precariously on the stair rail to greet each arrival until he was pulled away to a safer spot.
Carl Zeigler in the front room ran off the Patrick-Whiteside Burma film, Stu Benson's Letter from Libya, and his own film of the first AFSIS bus trip across the country. While the mob in the back room, kept at full strength by a steady flood of new blood and old spirits, grew steadily noisier until the police came to register the neighbors' complaints. Somebody shut the windows and somebody else frowned at Stocky Hopkins, lustily rendering some rowdy songs whose words you would no doubt recall, at the center of an attempt at square dancing.
The bar shut, the revelers started on to more broad-minded establishments. As last goodnights were being said at the door, Hopkins wandered on ahead---only to return amid the screaming wail of four bagpipers who just happened to be at the corner. However, by the time the police returned, there were only a few people sleeping deep on the couches.
The business meeting on Saturday morning was well attended and the discussion lively. Mr. Galatti opened the session by noting that the Association under the leadership of Jim Atkins and now George Rock had made great strides in the last two years. He recalled that during the 1946 reunion there had been a meeting of the membership at which it had been decided that the effort of the AFS to increase understanding among the peoples of the world during the postwar years should take the form of a scholarship program and that this program had grown tremendously since that meeting so that now, almost 10 years later, the AFS was the leading organization in the country devoted to the exchange of teen-age students. The purpose of this meeting was to provide an opportunity for all members to ask questions and to make suggestions as to the scholarship program.
Aspects of the functioning and financing of the program were discussed. Contacting bankers and lawyers and putting forth the AFS as a worthy recipient of donations and legacies was suggested. Several advocated the formation of an Endowment Committee---to consider ways of forming and increasing a capital fund which would be available to the AFS and would insure its continuity. There was general agreement that this should be done.
There was considerable discussion of how to provoke more interest in and understanding of the scholarship program among the membership. While some thought a sheet of explanation of how the program works should be sent out, others felt that the goal could be more effectively achieved by local meetings. Several members thought that there should be local organizations of AFS and that only in this way could interest in the program and backing of the AFS be stimulated.
Manning Field proposed that a more or less permanent Social Affairs committee be appointed to consider annual reunions, or at least more frequent ones, and to make other suggestions concerning AFS meetings. There was general agreement on this, followed by inconclusive discussion about raising the annual dues and then the adjournment of the meeting.
The bar did a brisk trade until it was time for Section lunches---which were held all over town. SSU 2; SSUs 1, 3, and 4; C Platoons of 485 and 567 Coys; A and B Platoons of 485 Coy; and possibly some other groups gathered in the places of their choice and refreshed themselves. That afternoon at 5, as the clubrooms began to fill with fairly somnolent members, the Board of Directors gathered in an office for its annual meeting.
The crowd gathered at the Vanderbilt Hotel at 8 for the banquet. It was grand. There was the expected confusion about seating, and later the mike proved temperamental. But all in all it was more than satisfactory: it was downright inspiring. However, the Committee committed an oversight of the most simple-minded sort: no one took down the speeches. And any description will only inadequately convey the graciousness with which J. Paulding Brown functioned as Toastmaster and told of the birth and infancy of AFS in 1914-15; the interests of Perrin Long's account of his contacts with and many efforts in behalf of AFS during the Second War; the earnestness of Art Howe's exposition of the logical progression from ambulance driving to promoting the work of the international scholarships; the fascination of John Baylor's description of how terribly, terribly easy it is to say "yes" just once too often and wake to find yourself a local representative (ameliorated by further words on the pleasures thereof) ; the high style of Jim Ullman's reading of the six Letters to Dorothy (as composed with some bitterness by a censor who had read more mail than was good for him), which inspired gusts of roaring laughter at our younger selves; the deeply touching sincerity with which Colonel Hamish McKay talked of the work our units did with his Gurkha regiment in Burma and of his opinion of our effort in general; or the sheer inspiration of Stephen Galatti in his explanation of the accomplishments of the first eight years of AFSIS and his irresistible appeal for continued and increased support of the work in which, as ambulanciers, we all showed our belief. It was a great evening.
Although Paulding Brown did not read them all, a number of messages of congratulations and good wishes were received from friends unable to attend the festivities. Enos Curtin cabled his disappointment at being delayed in Barcelona and sent his best to all. Harry Coster cabled from Paris: "Thanks letter. Greatly regret inability attend reunion. Affectionate respects to you and Colonel. My very best to you all." Pete Fay wrote: "The best of luck for a wonderful turnout. Please give my best to Dunbar Hinrichs, Lucy De Maine, or any others who may remember me . . . . Again, congratulations on the wonderful thing you have done for the AFS and AFSIS." While from London Peter Coker wrote: "We will be with you in spirit at the big reunion."
And from "Uncle Bill" Wallace: "I shall not be with you gallant, gay youngsters of yesterday celebrating the passing of this fine milestone in the history of our Service. . . But as you dine and the gavel is rapped, I, too, shall rise with pride in my heart and drink to AFS . . . and to the men and women who carry on it's tradition. To you celebrants:
No flowers, no quips, no jokes do I send you,
But fond hopes that great joy and good health will attend you;
And may excellent food on the board not distend you,
Nor, if you should drink, will police apprehend you.
Have fun. Renewed assurances of love and loyalty. 'On les aura!'
A simple and moving Memorial Service was held in the First War Memorial Room at the Clubhouse at 11:30 Sunday morning. Prayers were read by Dominic Rich. The Rolls of Honor were read by William A. Whitehead. And hymns were conducted by Conrad Wilson.
A buffet lunch was served later that noon, and for those who had stuck the course there were at last free drinks. On the table had been spread the letters and cards of regret sent in by those unable to attend, so that a lot of up-to-date information of this one's expected child and that one's trip abroad and the other's new job was available and discussed. During the afternoon, slowly, the celebrants one by one went on their ways and the party was over.
Except for Carl Zeigler, who stayed in town for two weeks.
Manning Field and the Committee---Ward Chamberlin, Lucy De Maine, William Du Val, Stephen Galatti, George Rock, and William Whitehead---wish to thank Fred Creed, Bill Miller, Steve Rowan, and Carl Zeigler for their great assistance during the preparations and the party. They also wish to thank Whit Bell, John Boit, Perry Culley, Tim Krusi, Bob Orton, Norm Peters, Bill Stump, Bob Wallace, and Carl Zeigler for their efforts to insure a good attendance. And, last but not least, they extend their gratitude to those who could not come but generously contributed to the success of our Anniversary Reunion.
Any suggestions or nominations for a Permanent Reunion or Social Affairs Committee will be welcome.
The interest in AFS Memorials has been terrific, to say the least. Some who had never come by AFS House before have made the trip to see the souvenirs and mementos on display; regular visitors have tended to linger longer; and, as like breeds like, the collection has grown enormously, particularly around the time of the reunion.
The best news, however, is concerned not with a souvenir of this or that section, no matter how delighted we have been with many of them, but with the Battle Flag---which tells of the experiences of each of us while making each a part of the whole AFS wartime performance. Mrs. William G. Thayer, who originally conceived the idea of this flag and presented it to us, has most generously sent us a contribution which allows its completion with the place names of 1945. Now when we can look on our flag with pride that we were where we were, and doing what we did, as our scholarship program grows to cover more and more of the world we can hope that there will never be the need for another. Yet the Battle Flag records the first moments of our struggle for what we believe in, and as such it is and will remain our most prized possession.
While we have always been strong on photos of WW II, and weak on them for the First War, only a few of the mementos that by their physical presence bring back so much have yet come in. Two of the first rank, however, are now here, and it is difficult to say that one is more moving than the other.
Dunbar HINRICHS relinquished the sign reading, "AFS Club of Cairo---Members Only," which meant as much to him as to the many who found it a quiet resting place at a time when such was wanted, for his was the guiding spirit behind its creation. An artist named "Brix" (Austin Day BRIXEY, Jr.) sent a canvas recording the outstanding events of B Platoon of 485 Coy---broken spring to bully beef, Palmyra to Patria, Cairo to Cassino, etc.
Al EMMERT gave a plaque bearing the Grenadier Guards badge and colors "in memory of Russ Highy, who served quite a while with the 3rd Bn. Gren. Gds." Grima JOHNSON brought the plaque from the ambulance donated in memory of his brother, Bradish Johnson, and for a while loaned a pair of scrapbooks with photos of France '40 and such nostalgic things as a menu from the Union Bar and Grill in Alexandria. Harry LEPARD sent some color photos of Belsen, which look no less awful than you remember. (He writes that he will furnish black and white enlargements on request.)
Bill PRINCE sent in an embroidered copy of the 567 Coy emblem, with the following explanation: "I was with some ADS or other when Carl ZEIGLER got some thread and needles from home. I guess he'd had it in his mind to make a patch. Anyway, I copied the chicken emblem off my ambulance onto a piece of paper, then transferred that to a piece of black felt. I well remember sitting up in the back of an ambulance until well after 3 a.m. sewing the damn thing. And it turned out very well. Carl's, as I remember, developed kind of a Middle Eastern nose. So I sewed mine onto my field jacket and three days later Manning FIELD (I think) saw it and told me to take it off. So I took it off. But a lot of guys had seen and admired it, and when we got to India I took it out of my ammo box and solicited orders for it . . . . I don't think anybody ever got around to wearing them, because, shortly after, the A bomb floated down out of the sky over Hiroshima and we all went home."
Bill's emblem, framed with such things as the armbands and army flashes that we wore, points up the fact that we do not have a full collection. We don't want it to look as though 485 Coy was being discriminated against, or the French (Free, Fighting, or '40). Does anyone have flashes or insignia of these units to contribute? Or, from WW I, does anyone have a sardine-can briquet? Some very handsome ones have been sent in, giving us the start of a unique collection. But the most familiar pattern of all---where is one?
There have been a great number of souvenirs of the First War brought and sent in, too many for us to be able to give here more than a hint of the riches the collection begins to boast. Three outstandingly generous contributions demand special mention---those by Arch DUDGEON, Cliff HANNA, and Tom RYAN. Among the items Arch has given were 14 books about the 1914-18 war, most of them directly concerned with AFS activity; many posters, including the moving ''On les aura!" and Gallieni's notice on the defense of Paris; and a Ford ambulance key.
Cliff HANNA sent a crate crammed with interesting items, from which were taken for immediate display the SSU 1 ambulance side panel and tail canvas with section Indian head insignia and a shell-torn fragment of ambulance 424. Some of the armaments looked as though they might be still lethal, so that alarmists had visions of blasting a houseful of innocent students in the last engagement of World War I. But we have been reassured of the kids'---and our own---safety. Now all we have to worry about is being hit on the head by the sign from the Soissons "Minen Werfer Höhle" brought by Tom Ryan. Does anyone have a photograph of this establishment?
Another nice collection of varied objects was sent in by H. P. SHUMWAY (SSU 9), including a French helmet, some armaments, and an individual bandage package that looked quite contemporary. A selection of movement orders from the summer of 1917 are unique in the collection and seem terribly efficient.
It is hard to say whether maps or photographs are more evocative: memory tends to quarrel with an uncompromising photograph when it can see so clearly what was on either side of the road winding across a map. Ken AUSTIN sent in some fine 1:200,000 maps of the areas around Chalons, Maubeuge-Bruxelles, Amiens, Paris, Mezieres, Lille, Nancy, and Bourges, in addition to a "Secret" plan of the Order of Battle on 11 Nov. 1918. While Col. MADDOCKS brought a fine map (Perthes-Tahure) with regimental placements marked---along with a fine collection of such memorabilia as an AFS Christmas wallet, shoulder patch and armband, and an instruction sheet with rules of the road, rules for driving, and instructions for care of wounded.
S. P. FAY sent in a map of which he wrote: "A map of May 1915, when the first sections of the AFS went to the front, of the northern sector of the front. That summer (1915) the section I was in (SSU 1) was stationed at Woesten until the little town was shelled so much that we, as well as the inhabitants, had to get out. We used to drive through Elverdinghe to Boesinghe to the Postes de Secours for the wounded. In my album I have some fine pictures of that area, of which I had some duplicates which I sent down to New York . . . . In 1918, I was at the front again in the U.S. Air Force (transferred from the artillery) and my squadron was stationed just off the map in the lower right hand corner. One day flying the daylight mission (only one plane went out) when I was over Sedan I was attacked by six German planes but managed to get to back whole. A week later three of us were attacked by 30 German planes and again we got back, but my plane was shot down and we crash-landed behind our lines . . . . So you can see that on that part of the front represented I have quite a few exciting memories."
Arthur EARLE has sent some fine labeled photos of TMU 526 during the summer of 1917 in the camp at Jouaignes and at Chavigny and Corve. R. ROBBINS brought, and framed, a set of pictures of SSU 65 at Chemin des Dames and Soissons. While group photos of TMU 133, one taken before leaving Berkeley, Calif., in 1917 and the other in France, were sent by C. H. GRANT. These will appear in the volume he has prepared on that unit's history from its formation to the present, which is just about ready for distribution.
St. GALATTI (as his mail is sometimes addressed) several mornings has bellowed on arrival at the House that he has brought additions to the collections. Photos of himself and Piatt Andrew; a photo of Andrew's portrait by Waldo PEIRCE; clippings about AFS from 1915-18 and 1939-45 (including the whole issue of the New Yorker for 22 June 1940, which included, as well as a piece on AFS, a cartoon showing two convicts in their cell; one says to the other: "I wouldn't wait to be drafted, I'd volunteer") ; a woodcut of an ambulance (1916), presented to him by the late Harry DE MAINE; and a bronze statue presented to SSU 9 by one of the French personnel, Julien Monier, and sculpted by him at Wesserling (Alsace) in 1916.
And then the question of map vs. photo becomes unimportant, because of course the work of art provides a third way of looking at the world---in which the emotion of the artist is transferred to the viewer and there is no mistake. Dunbar HINRICHS has given his copy of the etching of 21 rue Raynouard by Caroline Armitage as well as his own painting of an ambulance in France in the winter of 44-45, And we have gotten a framed copy of the Camion emblem used by TMU 526 from Arch GIROUX, inscribed at the bottom by the artist. Two large posters from Davis HALLIWELL, one depicting a black bird and a poilu struggling for the flag of France is particularly moving. And as a result of publicity for the reunion, a little man appeared with three AFS recruiting posters. Ernie BOGER (ME 26) presented the collection with one showing a TMU 526 truck and the legend, "You drive a car here---Why not a transport in France?" the perfect unanswerable proposition.
Literary activity has been particularly evident recently, with a lot of works appearing and more promised for the bookstalls this winter. A number of these masterpieces have been donated by their generous authors to the AFS library, and it is hoped that as time passes the shelves of works by our members will continue to grow. In addition, Lucy DE MAINE, who works for A. A. Knopf, has contributed books on International Relations and Peter H. JACKSON has sent some proper bookcases to house the impressive collection.
A copy of the First War History, the Memorial Volume, and Ambulance No. 10 were brought by C. A. HULL (TMU 184). It was a good gift, made especially timely by the fact that just that day we had had a request for the loan of a copy of the Memorial Volume---which we didn't have. If anyone has a copy he no longer needs, we would be very glad to take it into custody, as there are still occasional requests for copies.
Two new books for later this winter are a second hook on Captain Kidd by D. M. HINRICHS (TMU 526, ME 16, FR 4), based on research done during his last trip to Europe; a third novel by Livingston L. BIDDLE, Jr.; and from Sheed & Ward in February an autobiographical book by O. M. BARRES (CM 47), formerly a Congregationalist minister, with, he says, "some entries about the Field Service in Italy."
Louis BROMFIELD (Paris HQ) returned from his tour of Europe with "The Friendly Farmers" to the publication of From My Experience: the Pleasures and Miseries of Life on a Farm. "He is a most ingratiating writer, just as he has always been a most ingratiating person," one reviewer stated---"perennial, exceedingly hardy, ever-bearing, night-blooming, wilt resistant, and virtually hug-proof."
Donald Barr CHIDSEY (ME 12) has had two new books---Captain Bashful, a romance of Elizabethan England ("a whirlpool of adventure") and a biography of Elizabeth I ("a refreshingly candid portrait . . . convincing realism").
The Dignity of Man by the late Russell W. DAVENPORT (SSU 629) was called "one of the most profound books of the season." In it he puts the idea behind AFSIS as well as it can he said: "At the total level the Communists will beat us every time, because they can totalize ruthlessly and process man to the pattern they desire. But at the person-to-person level we shall always beat them, because at that level we have something to give that they cannot match. We have the fundamental proposition of our Revolution to give: that man is the child of Nature's God; that he carries within him a spark that links him with the universe and differentiates him from the animals. . . By practising person-to-person democracy we can teach the world to see in every individual that individual spark which gives to the principles of freedom a godlike validity."
Arthur STRATTON (ME 1) brought with him to the reunion a copy of his One Man's India---"a, clear, lively, and interesting book about what he saw during a visit there and what he was prompted to think by his experiences." The second visit in 1952 had been prompted by what he remembered of that month Unit 1 spent in India at the beginning of 1942, and was part of a trip that also took him back to Bir Hakim.
Word is finally getting around that E. E. (Pat) TANNER III (ME 37, FR 3) has been publishing books under assumed names: as Virginia Rowen Oh What a Wonderful Wedding and Houseparty and as Patrick Dennis the fabulously successful Auntie Mame---who one reviewer announced to he "neither safe nor sane, merely sidesplitting . . . a screwball who has to he seen or read to he disbelieved." It revives our faith in the U.S. to be told by an Evanston paper that the lady exists---well, almost.
On Sunday, 5 June, when some who still laughed at his banquet speech were perhaps not looking at the papers, reviewers hailed James Ramsay ULLMAN's Tiger of the Snows, "The Autobiography of Tenzing of Everest," of which Justice William O. Douglas wrote: "While it comes from [Tenzing's] lips, the skillful pen of James Ullman records it. Ullman, our foremost mountain authority, spent days with Tenzing . . . getting the story. It's an exciting, absorbing account of the life of a fascinating man .... The warm heart of a noble Asian comes through on every page of this hook."
Vance BOURJAILY (ME 32) announces that with the sixth issue of discovery the first series is being discontinued. Considering the six issues between 1952 and 1955 as a single anthology of this "curious period," he holds out the hope that discovery will he either revived or continued as a regular magazine.
We would like to be able to keep up with the literary production of Andrew GEER (ME 1) and John PATRICK (ME 19, IB-T), which goes from the page to the stage to the screen with charm and frequency. But all we can do is to recommend to them, as to you, the Lament for April 15, a madrigal for five-part chorus by Avery CLAFLIN (Norton-Harjes, AFS Treasurer 1948-52), first performed at Tanglewood on 11 August. As reported by Time: 'The music followed the text with the eagerness of a revenue officer: now glorious in a joyous sunburst at the words 'United States,' now pinched at the mention of old age, now prattling giddily about estimated taxes and exemptions. A quintet reached heights of eloquence as it dwelt antiphonally on the words 'You can deduct your mother-in-law,' only to be interrupted by the full chorus in a biting 'But!' which led into more fine print, misterioso: 'In the case of children who are residents of the Republic of the Philippines, or were legally adopted by servicemen before July five, nineteen forty-six, consult your Internal Revenue Office.' Finally, the chorus ended the piece pomposo assai: 'After hearing these instructions you should be able to prepare your own return---unless you have complicated problems.'
On the question of whether he had any right to use the words of the tax-instruction sheet, Claflin told a reporter: "I consulted my lawyers, and they thought it was not copyright stuff. If I earn anything from the piece, who do you think will share in my good luck?"
It's good to hear of the old organization and to know that it's still active. See lots of familiar names in the Newsletter, although memory leaves some of them sort of floating in air. And it's a shock to see some of the old types referred to in the past tense. I'm glad to hear that Steve Galatti is still very much on the active list, though, and carrying on the effort. . .
I'm still immured in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, where I'm working (I use the term loosely) as odd-job man in Aramco's Public Relations Department. If anyone had told me, as we debouched into the full flavor of Port Tewfik in 1942, that I'd spend much of my postwar career (sic) in the Middle East, I'd probably have shot myself on the spot. Perhaps I should have, at that. However, we don't have it so bad here. Have my family with me, in an air-conditioned duplex. We have most of the comforts of life, except potable beverages, which disappeared under the awful shadow of Prohibition some years ago. And the work is interesting, this being a unique experiment in American non-imperialism.
We have, too, for company, other representatives of the floating population of old AFS men that seems to cling perpetually to the roiled and oily waters of the Middle East. Ken Keating is back with us, as a planner in Industrial Relations, after a stint with the UN in Beirut. And Bob Headley is measuring heads or something as an Arabist with Research. We three follow a pattern in having one wife and one child apiece.
The weighty name of Bayly Winder, Arabist de luxe, is of course a household word among the tribes. [He has currently deserted Princeton to return to the Middle East.---ED.] Lost track of Mike Clark after he got the heave-ho, some years ago, from Tehran, where he was corresponding for the Times [which he still does, most recently said to have returned from Africa to Paris---ED.]. Another fourth estater, Joe From---who was, I believe, an old Chicken Brigadier---also vanished from the area after penning an historic account of a visit here for U.S. News and World Report [now in Washington, D.C., with the same paper---ED.].
I still mean to drive back across the Western Desert sometime---to see if I can find that bottle of Black Horse I buried behind the ADS in the Palm Tree Wadi.
---MIKE CHENEY (ME 4, IB 5)
You recall the World War II men who stayed in, or returned to, India to join the followers of a Bengali spiritual leader named Sri sri Thakur---I mean Ray Hauserman and Ed Spencer. Well, last October at a community week-end celebration of United Nations Week, the delegates of all the UN countries were invited to Radnor Township, near here, for a sample of American hospitality. At one of the parties given for them, the delegates, I met a man from East Pakistan, one Rai Sahib S. N. Nandi.
Somewhat gingerly I inquired if he knew anything of the Bengali spiritual leader and was told to my astonishment that he himself was a devout follower of this Sri sri Thakur. Further conversation brought out that he knew both Ed Spencer and Ray Hauserman; also Mrs. Houserman, Ray's mother; and that he had a profound and sincere respect for them---I might even say admiration.
He answered many questions I asked about the association, and during the period of his stay in Radnor Township and New York City I saw him several times. What was most patently remarkable was what he said about the influence of this leader on India, though I am not sure how clearly I understood him on this. He said that Prime Minister Nehru is an ardent admirer of this leader and that he (Nehru) wanted all Indians to follow the ideals of this Bengali leader.
Later conversations with Jim Michaels, who visited the Thakur ashram last year, led me to believe that it was difficult to estimate things of this kind, inasmuch as Nehru's views are not simple to state in a few words, etc. Nevertheless, I thought that you would be interested to hear that Ed Spencer and Ray Hauserman had an admirer in the UN General Assembly. Nandi is a lawyer and a Hindu.
---BRINTON YOUNG (ME 39, FR 4)
During the spring, the Federation of French War Veterans held their annual dinner and dance and sponsored Memorial Day services at the French Line pier. Anyone interested in attending the former can get in touch with Mr. Jean Hesse, Federation des Veterans de Guerre Français, 11 West 42nd Street, New York 36, N.Y.
As reported in the newspapers, the AFS was represented at the Memorial Day service by Fred N. Creed, Jr. (IB 55), and on 18 June at a dinner celebrating the 15th anniversary of General de Gaulle's appeal from London, sponsored by the Free French in the United States, by Stephen H. Rowan (CM 40).
All members of the AFS in good standing (those who have paid their 1955-56 dues or who are life members) will find enclosed (1) a notice of a Special Meeting of members of AFS Inc. to act upon a proposal to consolidate this corporation with the AFS Fellowships for French Universities Inc. (called French Fellowships) and (2) a Proxy authorizing Stephen Galatti to vote for such members at this meeting. To effect this consolidation it is necessary that two-thirds of the members in good standing vote at the Special Meeting either in person or by proxy. Therefore it is urged that even if you are going to be present you please sign the Proxy on the reverse side of the stamped postcard enclosed and mail it immediately. Mr. Galatti will exercise the proxy by voting in favor of the consolidation.
The result of the consolidation will be that the French Fellowships fund, the income of which in the past had to be used for students coming from or going to France, could now become a capital fund for the American Field Service as a whole. In voting this you will assure the AFS of permanence whatever program it may undertake from time to time. But this fund would always keep it alive. It will also form a fund which can be added to through donations or legacies.
Don't forget that it will mean AFS permanence for all time. So mail your proxy immediately.
Addresses are a perpetual problem. Each issue of the Newsletter fails to reach some 60 to 70 members, who have moved without notifying us of the change of address. If you want to get lost, presumably that is your business. But we would like to keep the mailing list up to date and complete. Some members have recently been upset that they didn't know about the reunion, as they were living near by and would have come. Of course they realize that it was their own fault, and they, at least, will probably not get lost again. Please do not fail to notify us of any change of address, and if you know of someone who has not been receiving the Newsletter send or get him to send us his current address. It's a very easy thing to do, and it may keep you from missing something.
WW II MEDALS
A lot of WW II medals were given out at the Reunion. They have been available for some time, and quite a lot have already been distributed. But there will not be time for anyone in this busy office to send out the remainder for a while, anyway. So if you are in New York why not hurry things along by coming in for them. The office is open at all reasonable hours of the day and evening, and any reduction in the accumulation of stuff here is a joy all too infrequent. We don't have the miniatures, but they can be ordered from most military outfitters and probably through Brooks, Abercrombie, and similar establishments.
DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
At the Annual Meeting of the members of the American Field Service, Inc., held at the AFS Clubhouse on 21 May 1955, it was announced that after a count of the ballots cast by members in good standing the following had been elected to serve as Directors from May 1955 to May 1958:
G. H. Barrett
Colgate W. Darden
C. William Edwards
Arthur Howe, Jr.
C. M. Kinsolving
At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the American Field Service, Inc., held at the AFS Clubhouse on 4 June 1955, the following slate of officers for 1955-1956 was proposed and unanimously elected:
Enos Curtin, Chairman of the Board of Directors Stephen Galatti, Director General Arthur Howe, Jr. } C. William Edwards, }Vice Presidents Hugh Swofford } Dan Platt Caulkins, Treasurer Edwin R. Masback, Jr., Secretary Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., Legal Counsel
WW II HISTORY
The History is finally completed and will be off to the printer in September. He thinks it can be ready "for Christmas giving." The copies already ordered will go off automatically as soon as possible. The price is still the $10 that was originally established for pre-publication orders. It is possible that a higher price will have to be set for orders sent in after publication date; but if that is to be the case another notice will be sent out.
The History will be a single volume covering the period 1920 to 1955, with an introductory section on the birth and infancy of AFS in 1914-1915, written specially by J. Paulding Brown. There will be about 650 pages of text, liberally sprinkled with quotations from your letters and diaries, and the official records; 50-75 pages of photographs; a roster; and special lists of men decorated, etc. The handsome maps are by Ted Chapman. In format the volume will resemble the History of the American Field Service in France.
Order your copy now.
AFS TIES AND CHRISTMAS CARDS
The ties are silk rep with thin stripes of red, white, blue, and gold on a medium gray ground.---William CONGDON has made for AFS benefit a typically stylish design: "It may mean nothing to some people," he writes. "The disk is certainly not the atom bomb, but a radiation of hope and redemption, while we---any of us---stand beneath." Order form for both enclosed.
Misunderstandings seem to have arisen because of the ineptness of the word "dues," as applied to the yearly $5 contributions asked from each member. There can he no question of joining a new organization known as the AFS Association. Although a card is sent out proclaiming the payer an "Active Member," that is all it means. You joined the AFS once and for all when you first volunteered, and it's too late to do anything about that now. Nor is there a black list of those who have not paid. It is expected that those who use the Club, or stay overnight, will have paid. And it seems only reasonable to expect that those who ask for any services (copies of their records, etc.) will also keep their payments up to date.
What happens to this money? and why is it needed? Not one cent went for the Reunion, which was a separate venture. But the personal records are kept up and are consulted almost weekly by such agencies as the FBI. This is a service to both the individual and the country and must be performed. Yet the actual cash that comes in, although it has recently been increasing, barely pays for the Newsletters. If the Reunion had lost money, the Association would have been faced with the choice of hailing out the committee or sending this Newsletter . . . . It would have been difficult.
Whatever they are called, without "dues" the Association can do nothing, or, to put it another way, it can do only what the dues payments allow. The activity of the Memorials Committee has to be sponsored by special donation for each undertaking, although there are a number of projects that are worthwhile but can't be begun for lack of cash. If you want your Association to do anything, please pay your dues regularly. Life memberships, at $100, can still he obtained, and think of the trouble they save you.
Peter Coker keeps in touch. First he informs us that the Tenth Annual Reunion of AFS British Personnel will he held at the Clarendon Restaurant, Hammersmith Broadway, London W.6, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., on 17 September 1955. ("Tenth annual," did you notice?)
He also sent along the following information:
" 'Pack up, we're moving.' These words, so often heard in the old days, were contained in a recent letter from Arthur Day, the 'mad turner' of 567. After having spent seven years in Australia, and acquired a wife and daughter, he is now considering moving to New Zealand.
"Another 'New Australian' is the rotund electrician, Arthur Vaughan. He spent several years as chief electrician on ships sailing around Australia. When last heard of, he had settled in Salisbury, South Australia.
"Tom Harvey has also emigrated. In his case, it was 'follow the sun' on doctor's orders. The country of his choice was South Africa.
"The popular C Platoon fitter, Laurie Russell, returned from the war to his father's fish and poultry business and has now started up on his own. In the same line of business, but also including fruit and vegetables, is Jock Skinner. He serves a large number of tourist hotels in the Western Highlands of Scotland.
"Keith Webb's Red Lion Hotel is also a great center for tourists. It is described as being 'by the finest stretch of river, fell, and moorland scenery in Yorkshire.' Staff shortage prevents him from making any but infrequent appearances at the reunions.
"In a recent letter, Ken Morrissey sent regards to 'Knockers' Warrington and the rest of B Platoon 485. Since the war, Ken had been driving his own taxi and later the buses around Southampton. He has also found time to start a Sunday Dance Club whose membership he hopes to raise to 1,000.
"John Guise would like to hear from John Wisotzkey, to whom he wishes to be remembered. John is working for the export department of Vauxhall Motors and now has two boys and a girl.
"In the March Newsletter, Luke Kinsolving mentioned that fantastic party given by 567 in Tripoli. My own thoughts have been directed to it several times recently. Mention of Rock Ferris recalled the melodies he coaxed out of that rickety old piano. Tom Barbour, who attended one of our reunions a year or so back, did that very funny cabaret act. A radio critique of a show at Arthur Jeffress' new picture gallery in London reminded me that he was compere and ribbed me quite a bit about the workshop sketch team. I well remember the original briefing for that party when Art Howe declared that 'nothing' must stop it from being the best party of all time."
About The Story of the Royal Army Service Corps, 1939-45 (supposed to he ready in 1953 but not yet off the presses), he sends us the following letter from Major General H. M. Whitty: "In regard to the AFS we have, needless to say, not forgotten them, but as we have had to cover a very wide field of our numerous activities in every part of the world we have had to limit references to particular units and organizations to a minimum. However, I think that in any case the book will be of interest to some of those who served with us both in the desert and in Italy.
"You will see that we are asking for advance orders, and if you can undertake to find out how many would like to order the book in advance, it would help us in regulating the numbers to he printed. The price of 35 s. is strictly speaking limited to members of the RASC, but as we regard the AFS as being part of us the price would naturally apply to them too."
Approximately 750 pages with 50 pages of illustrations: Order through Peter Coker (18 Perryn Road, Acton, London W.3), or direct from: P.A./D.S.T., Room A143, The War Office, Chessington, Surbiton, Surrey.
Let the AFS travel department place your orders for: air---steamship--cruise and hotel reservations throughout the world---as well as tours, both independent and conducted. Through a generous arrangement, any orders placed through AFS bring back to the organization a contribution relative to the size of the order. This means a substantial addition to AFS funds, without any extra cost to you. Recommend us to your friends, too. Travel through AFS!