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1919 Yearbook

1919 Yearbook


1919 Yearbook


Windehne Miller, Academic '16, has
been in real warfare as may be seen from
the following extract from his letter: "I
spent an even six months and twenty days
or two hundred days in the trenches, and
will have been in France one year, April 6,
doing my six months and twenty days in
the trenches. I will name a few of the most
important battles which I was in. They are
as follows: The second battle of the
Marne, the battle of Blue Woods, the battle
of the Argonne sector, the battle of Chateau Thierry, the battle of Mile and the
battle of Meuse. I also fought at Verdun
some; each side would keep picking at the
other side; always something stirred up.
I consider myself very lucky, being a
cannoneer through all these drives without
being injured. Nevertheless I had two
very narrow escapes; once a piece of shrapnel passed through my shirt sleeve and one morning the Germans started a
drive about four o'clock, while I was asleep. A piece of shrapnel passed
through my blanket. Of course, many times I have heard pieces whizzing
past me but could not judge how close they were."
Monday, April 21, 1919, Lt. Everett Bailey,
Academic '12, was married to Miss Cora Ray, a nurse
also in the service, at Washington, Iowa. Lt. Bailey,
who was overseas for sixteen months, visited at the college after his return home in April. Congratulations!
Captain George A. LaCroix was one of the few
Ambrosians who fell on the field of battle, as most were
fortunate and the death rate of Alumni was rather
small. We are unable to get as much information as we
would like concerning him, but suffice it to say that he
was killed during the ending months of strife and received the last Sacraments from Rev. Vincent J. Toole
of the 324th Field Artillery, who also attended to his
burial service. The esteem in which he was held may
well be seen from this extract from a letter written to
his mother: "He was buried with full military honors,
and a large concourse of his comrades in arms was
present to pay their last respects to one whom they
loved and admired for his many noble traits of charac-
During the winter the news reached us from France
that George Jones, professor and athletic coach at St.
Ambrose from 1915 until 1917, had been promoted cap-




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