“Over there, over there, Send the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming The drums rum-tumming everywhere.
So prepare, say a prayer, Send the word, send the word to beware – We’ll be over, we’re coming over, And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.” – Chorus from “Over There” by George M. Cohan, 1917
My father was in the United States Cavalry back when it really was a cavalry which fought on horseback. But in 1916 the Cavalry became an armored unit, dragging artillery around by horse and then firing those big guns.
My father participated in all the major battles on World War I Western Front that the U.S. Army was involved in. He was fortunate to have survived being gassed. But he did suffer major hearing loss in one ear due to his proximity to the big guns.
The reason I bring this up is that I was reminded of his service by a video uploaded to YouTube by the United States National Archives – U.S. Signal Corps film from battle of Chateau-Thierry and the Aisne-Marne Operation in World War I. The film contains many scenes on the U.S. Artillery in action.
It is actually possible that one of those guys in the film is my father – or not. Anyway, I thought it was interesting.
All those valiant warriors from all sides are now gone.