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Finally he found a clue from a soldier as to the location of his company, but on reaching the
place he found his company had moved on. lnstead, he found the Foreign Legion there. He
answered its call for broncardiers, serving for three days without rest. He had no protection in
his work except a few roadside bushes. While carrying an Arab comrade he was wounded by an
exploding shell which peppered his right arm and back with shell fragments. In spite of the intense
pain he continued on his way through an enemy barrage. Nearly all the way he assisted in carry-
ing a wounded poilu. He spent three weeks in the hospital, and was recommended for the Croix
de Guerre and the Medaillc Militaire. A Costa Rican, a lieutenant in the Foreign Legion wrote
him thus: "My dear Boy - 'l'he souvenir of your noble actions will remain always fresh in our
memories, and so far as life lasts 1 will remember that my brothers of the North know how to live
and die for an ideal. " Another lieutenant of the Foreign Legion writes, "We will never forget the
little American as we call you." '
Norman C. Lee, '16, won the Mcdaille Militaire for conspicuous bravery under shell fire as
illustrated by the following: He drove an ambulance one-half mile along a shell-swept road,
walked half a mile when the machine was overturned by an exploding shell to save the uncon-
scious driver of another ambulance whose machine had been blown to splinters. Lee carried the
wounded man a mile on his back, preventing him from bleeding to death.
Joseph F. Wehner, '17, won the Distinguished Service Cross. While on a mission he found
an enemy patrol of machines attacking a single observation plane. Ile immediately attacked,
destroying one and forcing another plane down out of control, his own plane being badly damaged
by machine gun fire. Ile managed to convoy the American plane to safety. The Bronze Oak
Leaf was awarded him for "amid terrific anti-aircraft fire and ground machine guns, Lieutenant
Wehner descended, attacking and destroying two enemy balloons."
V Kenneth l'l. Fuller, '12, w1'otc, .... "The second lieutenant who goes 'over the top'
successfully displays about the finest qualities a man can have, and for a year my mind has been
set on being put to the test to see if I have a share of those qualities. " Later it was written of him
that, in an assault upon a nest of machine guns posted on the crest of a ridge where they had held
up the advance, "he chose his tactics, and carried them out and was killed leading his platoon
in the final rush upon the guns, just as he raised his pistol to fire, but what few of his men reached
the guns took them, and saved hundreds of lives."
'l'hey have brought honor to their country, to themselves and to their school, and in doing
so they have made their names immortal.
Of all those Exeter men engaged in the war some fifty-two yielded up their lives. ln action
twenty-one fell, and four died of wounds received in action, twenty-two fell victims to disease,
while in the government's service 5 and live lost their lives in accidents. Of their sacrifice we need
say nothing. Their deeds speak for them. And it is not in sorrow, but in reverent pride that we
read of them. An lllxeter graduate of '17 concludes a remarkable war poem as follows:
HO happy boy, you have not lost your years!
You lived them through and through in those brief days,
When you stood facing death. 'l'hcy are not lost:
'l'hey rushed together as the waters rush
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else now eonnts. I am glad to have such :L great opportunity." From letters concerning his
affairs to he delivered in case of his death: "lf you receive this you will know lillllli I have done
my duty to the best of my ability." Also, H lie sure that I :Lm wonderfully glad that l could give
up my life so usefully."
Our feeble attempts to describe the magnificent spirit that animated our men in the field
fall far too short t.o do them the simplest justice. 'l'he extract lielow, taken from :L letter from
Harry A. liutters, '09, Itoyal Field Artillery, is one which must live as one of the finest epistles
yet brought forth from the war.
HI am no longer untried. 'l'wo weeks' action in :L great battle is to my credit, and il' my faith
in the wisdom of my course or my entlnlsiasin for the cause had been due to fail, it would have
done so during' that time. But it has only lmeeome strongerg I find myself :L soldier among millions
of others in the great allied armies fighting for all I believe right and civilized and hmnaue against
a power which is evil and which threatens the existence of all the right we prize and the freedom
"It may seem to you Ifllllli for me this is all quite uncalled for, that it can only mean either
the supreme sacrifice for nothing or at least some of the liest years of my life wasted, but I tell
you that I am not only willing to give my life to this enterprise Cfor that is comparatively easy
except when l think of youj, but that I firmly believe--if I live through it to spend :L useful'
lifetime with you - that never will I have an opportunity to gain so much honorable advance-
ment for my own soul or to do so much for the worldls progress, as l am here daily, defending the
liherty that mankind has so far gained against the attack of an enemy who would deprive us of it,
and set the world hack some centuries if he could have his way.
"I think less of myself than I did, less of the heights of personal success I aspired to climb, and
lnore of the service that eaell of us must render in payment for the right to live andiliy virtue of
which only can we progress.
"Yes, my dearest folks, we are indeed doing the worldls work over here, and I am in it to
the finish." A
l"rom the foregoing one can realize something of the high ideals living in the minds ol' our
young soldiers. It remained to be discovered whether their conduct in battle, their own deeds
on the field, followed these noble utterances. 'l'he ensuing extracts, taken from letters of oflicers
and eenlrades, will show how firmly these ideals we1'e welded into their cliaracter hy the liery
furnace of war.
Concerning Stephen Potter, '152 . . . t"l'here are no words that can expressthesplendid-
ness of a life and death like Stevc's. He did his duty at this station with a skill and devotion which
surpassed the most experienced pilots. Ile shot down :L llnn seaplane in :L perilous fight way up
the German coast. l'Ie has left us an example and an inspiration which makes us grit our teeth
mul go to it harder than CV0l'. NVQ: will win this war or die trying, as Steve did. Steve went will-
Int-'Ely llllfl tlladly, with a smilc. May we follow his example, and 'carry on' till the world is right
Again, " Ile died well, fighting against heavy odds."
Ilardwieke M. Nevin, '18, an ambulance driver, had his ear blown to pieces by a shell during
Il' lf0l'l'llic attack. Ile found a lied Cross car and assisted in the evacuation of civilians for thirty-
six hours. All the while he sought for his own company which had lost him in the confusion.
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You fillecl your little eup with :ill experienee,
Anil clruuk the golilen l'o:tm, :tml leI't the dregs,
Anil tossetl the eup :twu.y. Why shoulil we mourn
Your huppiness? You lmurneil eleur flume, while he
Who tri-:uls the emlless m:treh of :lusty years
Grows lmliml :mtl ehokeil with tlust lmelore he flies,
Anil dying goes lmek to the primal tlust,
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As you in your l'ew vilmruut goltleu months
When like :L spemlthrift you gave :Lll you were."
'l'o us who :tre left.
'l'here before us lies :ui lllflftblllllv ol' ltlxeterls eontrihutiou to the watrg it is one thztt will ulwnys
live in the zumztls of the sehool. At this time it is well for us to patuse :mil eonsimler cleeply the wide
Sltlnifieamee whieh this has for us. The sateriliee whieh those noble souls have given is immens-
uruble. For them life helml everythilu,:g their lmorlies were full ol' u trememlous vitnlityg their
souls were lighted up by ilreaims ol' aitmbitiou, ol' l'ull :mil usel'ul lives in the world. 'l'he vast
extent of the szterifiee whieh they maule is im-:tlr-iilailmle to most ol' our prosuie lllllLK,'lll2l.il0llS. Deuth
in the Great Watr has been too frequent :tml too surlclen for m:my. Hut those whom lilxeter sent
forth to die epitomize the youth ol' the entire mttioug :mil from them we mu.y leutrn to know some
prineiples whieh guimlerl them in life :tml steiulierl them in ilezit-li. We, who remain here todntyg
who treiul the some wulksg who sit umler the some masters, :mil in the very ehuirs whieh those
heroes oeeupietlg who listen to the sztme eounsels :mtl the slime tenehiugsg we 1-:tn tlraiw from their
inspiriug ileetls lessons whieh will he our eonstimt guiiles throughout life. 'l'o emulate the spirit
that zmimuterl these tliumtless heroes is the leztst we mity ilo. From their groves in l"r:mee they
H1112 to lls, their sueeessors, it eliu.lIeuf,:e, one, perhaps, whieh we sh:Lll never lie ulmle to :mswer in
war. But if the sztme opportunities ure not presented to us on the hitttlefielrl we must turn to
civil life the forces whieh they put forth in war. 'I'he present is IL time of upheiivztl, of overturning
social customs :md of politienl elumges. New pztths must he m:trkerl out :tml higher goals must
be rouehefl in the future if we :ire to progress proportiomitely to the greatness of the suterifiee
which luis been maule for us. 'l'o muke the utmost of the results that were gaiiueil for us in the
hloocl ot' thousauuls is an mluty lmequezitheil to us hy those who tirst lmluzeil :L wary. 'l'he vision of
progress eutuils immense tuslis :tual to these we must 1' beml up every spirit. to its lull lieig.:l1tg"
CVUW 11110111 Of energy :uid talent must be tfllllC0llliI'2LifCKl to the greitt work tlmt remn,ins l'o1' us.
:To uvztil ourselves of :Lll opportunities, to esehew :Lll puerile l'olly shoulil he our resolve il we :Lre
lil amy wzty to be worthy of those who luwe tlieil for us. 'l'l1e voice of our fnllen :Llumni on the
flelmls of ,Frmiee where they lie triumphamt in ilezttli eulls to us to "Curry On!" lt is I'or us so to
order our lives that we muy he tit sueeessors to them. To holtl lust to our prineiples :Ls they :lid
In FTUHC11, to t-live stiumeh support to the right :ms we see it, :mil to uphold the honor ofthe school
is their message to us. Y
1 FRANCIS 'l'. R,oNAN, '19.
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