Second Battalion, 346th Infantry, 87th Division, AEF
Title Page, Second Battalion, 346th Infantry, 87th Division of the AEF. GGA Image ID # 137738cf4d
The roster for the Second Battalion, 346th Infantry Headquarters with brief, humorous quips about the officers on their general character. Includes the makeup of the Second Battalion and letter relieving them of duty following the end of World War I.
- Commander: Major R. R. Butterfield
- Battalion Adjutant: 1st Lt. R. G. Gregg
- Battalion Intelligence Officer: 1st Lt. F. Daniels
- Battalion Sergeant Major: SgtMajor E. F. Murphy
- Battalion Clerk: Cpl. S. C. Detting
Companies and Commanders
- Company E: Capt. J. Y. Sanders
- Company F: Capt. T. H. Faulkner
- Company G: Capt. H. U. Bray
- Company H: Capt. G. C. Briggs
Butterfield:- "Roaring Ralph" "The Marines Friend" He is over fourty now. What will he do when he enters fifty?
Gregg:- "Granny" The original discoverer of the fact that "Orders Home" relieve and well nigh cure rheumatic legs.
Daniels:- "The Musketeer" With nothing to say and less to do, he holds fourth on the appointment of Company Cooks and dertifies that the direction from "here" to the "Red Barn" is not on any map or compass.
Kouns:- "Andy" "Take it from me!"
Dyer:- "Ran" Ever Effervescent.
Hodsoll:- "Joe" "Like patience on a monument smiling at grief."
Faulkner:- "Physic" Oh you Nurses -- see who'se here.
Council:- "Cocky" And it fits - ne c'est pas?
Golden:- Plain "John" "Now Major, if you will only let me tell you G Company can dress "right smart"."
Gross:- "Issy" The Yahoota M. P.
Kimberlin:- Just "Sam" What mournful sound do I hear Tis Sammys Mandolin so dear.
Smith:- "Cyclist" Bettern known as Subway Bill.
Murphy:- "Murph" The M. P.'s are all right but oh you Second Battalion.
Letter dated 30 January 1919 from Major Ralph B. Butterfield, Commanding Officer to the Second Battalion, 346th Infantry, 87th Division of the AEF. GGA Image ID # 13779e0884
Second Battalion, 346th Infantry,
Camp No. 1, Base Section No. 1,
St. Nazaire, Loire-Inf., France,
January 30, 1919.
From: The Commanding Officer
To: The Battalion.
Subject: God Speed.
- Our orders release us this date from duty with the A E F , and our embarkation for home and mustering out is imminent. I, therefore, take this time when we are still together to say “good-bye” to the second battalion as an integral part of our regiment and of the U. S. Army.
- Few of you, I fear, will credit the fact that as I write this, a lump persistently rises in my throat at the thought of the separation; but it does Hard and “hard boiled” I may have been to officers and men, but necessity is a hard task master an' you have been my necessity; you-hard workers, hard trainers, hard players, hard breakers of minor regulations and, well do I know, given the chance, hard as hell on the Hun You needed a hard commander and your efficiency blossomed and bloomed to the fullest under two of them.
- Carry with you into your civil life the indomitable spirit, the indefatigable wi 11, and the “managing” ability you have shown me and your future is assured. None need worry about you.
- Given another war and another opportunity to lead a battalion, I shall pray for this one unchanged.
- Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, Privatês, American Soldiers All!
I salute you!
Ralph B. Butterfield.