|Of Course, It's Armistice Day, Too|
Bugler Wayne DeSilvey
Company I, 112th Infantry, 28th Division
|112th Infantry on the March, Sometime Before the Armistice|
His Diary Entry: Monday 11 November [The first Armistice Day]
From midnight until 11 o'clock absolutely the worst shell fire I have ever been under. Seemed as though every gun ever invented in the world was turned loose. Cap't. delayed in attacking until 10:40 when ordered by the Maj. to go over. Shells with gas. Gassed – insufficient to go to the Hqs. Rec'd 1st Aid.
More men killed in these last 20 minutes than in any other day in the War. Returned to Co. again only to be wounded by a shell fragment near the end of the War. Laid on the field until after 1 o'clock before I was given aid.
Guns ceased as quick as they started. Did not know what had happened. Germans came out of the woods and threw up their hands shouting in German, "Go back it is Not Good." 40 minutes later we learned why; they were busy blowing up mines of every description and everywhere between our lines. Did not or could not believe that the Armistice had been signed until we heard a band coming through the wood playing some good old American music.
|Grave Marker, Camp Hill, PA|
DeSilvey Died an Early Death, It's Not Known If the Cause Was War Related