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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, March 30, 1918, Image 17

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GAS ATTACK 15 CAPT. PERCY E. NAGLE, CO. G, 102B AMMUNITION TRAIN. There isn’t a man down here at camp, but sm iles when he thinks of Percy E. Nagle. If there is a better natured and more generally, well-liked officer at Camp W adsw o rth we have yet to m eet him. From the start of his career, he has stood out prom inently in every endeavor to which he has given his tim e and energy. He rowed on the fam ous M etropolitan “E ight” of the days of *82-’83 and ’84, th a t fam ous crew that held many cham pionships and a record of never being defeated. He has been Com m issioner of Street Cleaning for the City of New York. His m ilitary record has been one of pro­ gression. It could hardly be otherw ise, for a glance at the fighting stock from, which he is a descendant, shows man after m an who were officers of high rank. Captain Nagle was born in County Cork, Ireland, and is a direct descendant of Ed­ mund Burke, the greatest patriot in the his­ tory of Ireland. He rem em b e rs w ith pride Ms uncles Adm iral Sir Edm u n d Nagle, K. 0. B., and L ieutenant B u rton Nagle of the 17th Lancers, one of the survivors of the his­ tory-m aking “Charge of the Light B rigade.” Two of Ms nephews, one a Captain and one a Lieutenant, have already given their lives to the cause for which we are now serving. . A cousin, Sergt. F rank Nagle of the M a ssachusetts Engineers, was one of the first eight A m ericans to be killed “in action,” in France. Col. G a rret Nagle, a cousin, as a Captain was reported killed at A n titiem , and about a year later this report was supplem ented by an official order creating him a Major, and not w ithstanding the early exaggerated account of his death, he lived until 1912, at which tim e he ranked as a colonel. Captain Nagle enlisted as a private in the 69th N. Y. Inf. 20 years ago, and rose through the various ranks in the regim e n t and brigade to the rank of Lieut. CbL, w h ich comm ission he received N ovem b er 15th, 1912. On July 6th, 1917, he resigned this rank, and on the sam e day enlisted as a private in the 102nd Ammunition Train, the W a r D epartm ent, w aiving all age lim it reg­ ulations, in his case. On the day of his en­ listm e n t in the 102nd Ammunition Train, he was comm issioned a 1st Lieutenant, F. A., and assigned to duty w ith 102nd Ammuni­ tion Train, as B a ttalion A d jutant of the Horse Section. His tireless efforts during the organization of the “T rain,” and the fund of good nature w ith which he accom­ plished his w o rk all through the Ammuni­ tion T rain’s first encam p m e n t at Pelham Bay Park, N. Y., and subsequent movem ent to Camp W adsw o rth, stam p e d him as a m an of sterling qualities, and a friend to whom any enlisted m an m ight go, w ith the assur­ ance th a t the L ieutenant would give Mm a square deal. On February 19th, 1918, Captain Nagle prom o ted to Ms present rank and assigned to the command of Company “G,” 102nd Am­ m u n ition Train. START WORK ON LIBERTY Civilian—41 Are you helping to win the war?** Chauffeur—‘ * Sure, Fm doing my jit. MY TENT. 0 dear little tent, I have loved you so long, W ith your fireless Sibley and all, Your olive-drab shelter has filled me w ith song, And I always will answ e r your call; Your floor may be bumpy and muddy and cold, Your top may resemble a sieve, But I wouldn’t exchange you for bushels of gold, And in no other place would I live. Your sides never keep out the cold w inter’s chill, And storm s make you to tter and sway, Though nights have been w eary and sombre and still, Your shelter has made me feel gay; You’ve comforted errors I’ve made in the past, You’ve filled me w ith vigor anew, Pm sure of a pal who will stick to the last, The best friend I have—it is you. The day’s draw ing nigh when I’ll leave you to go, To welcome my fate w ith the rest, To charge down the line w ith the fast and the slow, To prove th a t I’m fit for the test; 1 alw ays will cherish you—home of my dreams. I’ll rem ember you best if I fall, Though I live in a palace th a t gilders and gleams, I will still love you better than all. PVT. H. A. HERTY, Co. A, M. P. W ith Mm, in his promotion, he carries the good will and best wishes of every sol­ dier or civilian w ith whom he has ever come in personal contact. He has the re­ spect of every m an who ever served under him, and the high opinion entertained for him by H e a d q u a rters, is reflected in his re­ cent promotion. COMBINE MACHINE GUNNERS. Battalions and Companies to Get Uni­ form Instruction. As a result of the recent visit to Camp W a d sw o rth of Lieut. Col. Applin, of the B ritish arm y, the three m achine gun bat- tallions of the 27th division, and the m a­ chine gun com p anies of each infantry regi­ m e n t in the division, are to be combined for instruction purposes during the rem a ining weeks of the division’s stay here. Maj. Edw ard McLeer, of the 104th Ma­ chine Gun battalion, will be in charge as im structor. The new arrangem e n t m eans th a t all the officers and men will get the sam e instructions and develop along the sam e lines in their work. It is the practice in the B ritish arm y to have all the m achine gun units of a division under one general command, such as a brigade of artillery. It is not known w h e ther officers of the U n ited States arm y contem p late such a change or not, but Gen­ eral O’Ryan and the m em b ers of his staff, after hearing Col. Applin’s lecture, are con­ vinced th a t the best results will be obtained if the m achine gunners are given uniform instruction from now on. INFANTRY RIFLE RANGE. TIGERSVILLE, S. C., ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT. A few days ago Gen. O ?Ryan inspected this range and although his stay was short, we are sure the general was pleased. The gen­ eral 7s quick eye lit upon a sentry smoking. The next day found th a t sentry escorted to his meals. Queer w h at little goes by the general unobserved. The Ordnance Detachment at the range, consisting of eleven officers and thirteen en­ listed men, are competing w ith the draft army. Barracks, shower baths and (accord­ ing to Hoyle) cook stoves are the few facili­ ties the detachment have to contend with. Lieutenant Thompson, .of the 107th, sani­ tary officer of the detachment, started to build a swimming hole. The dam which was a necessary feature in the work looked strong and very copable of holding the w a te r back, but a sprinkle, as the Sod Busters here call a cloud burst, washed the dam away and so the men had to return to the six-inch creek to wash. The detachment rendered an entertainm ent at the B a p tist college at Tigersville. Al­ though talentless, it brought in return a feed which the men relished and all had an en­ joyable time. Respectfully yours, CORPORAL H. S. SPAREY.

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