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Record 5/678
Report submitted by Major Ulysses Grant Carl concerning a German raid on their trences: P. A. Elsberg: To: Commanding Officer, 128th Infantry The 13th of June, at 4:45 A.M. French Sergeant Vernet with two American Corporals were in the trench communicating G.C. 72 with P.P. Meineau. The two outlook men were already placed in P.P. Meineau and the patrol was back at G.C. 72. A german barrage was then started by the German artillery on P.P. Meineau and G.C. 72. Barbed wire in front of P.P. was cut and one shell falling on P.P. Maineau, demolished it. The two men ran back to G.C. 72. French Sergeant Vernet and the two American Corporals were then buried by a shell. One of the corporals was mortally wounded and died soon after; the other corporal, probably wounded, was taken away by the enemy. Sergeant Vernet was able to recover and went to G.C. 72 to get men to transport the wounded. The Germans retired as soon as they got their prisoner. Nobody asked for artillery barrage: so our artillery did not make any barrage. This statement was made by the French Officer on duty with Company I, to Lt. Delcroix (French) attached to Battalion Headquarters. Received at Bn. Hdqs. 10:50 A.M. 13 June 1918. [signed] U G Carl Major 128 Inf.
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