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American Volunteers in Bois-le-Prêtre

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At the begining of the WW1, young American students came to Europe and take part  in military medical [called "sanitary " at the time] operations  as ambulance drivers.

Sanitary  Section  Number 2 (SSU2) was based for 10 months in the town of Pont-à-Mousson , from April 1915 to  January 1916.

In 1915, they evacuated the wounded soldiers of  Bois-le-Prêtre .

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The leader of section 2 

Edward Van D. Salisbury

. pamambul.gif (16408 octets) The drivers H.Q. was established in a building which presently houses social administration offices of  Pont-à-Mousson

53, avenue Patton. (General Patton Avenue)

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Watching an aerial fight from the garden Garden of "Les Glycines" ( SSU2 HQ)

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Messages and Military Citations

List of SSU2 Volunteers

Texts written by SSU 2 volunteers

Other texts written by volunteers (Emery Pottle et Henry Sheahan par Charles François)

Ambulance to the "Poste de secours" at   Montauville


American Ambulance with french soldiers at Dieulouard ( 6 miles South Pont à mousson)


Inauguration of the fountain remembering the american volunters on the Square of the city Pont à Mousson  (1931 ?)




























Friends of France: The Field Service of the American Ambulance  described by its members Many Authors but also some volunters of Pont-à-Mousson, Emery Pottle, Carlyle H. Holt ... Boston,Houghton Mifflin,1916
A volunter Poilu Henry Sheahan Boston,Houghton Mifflin,1916
Gentlemen Volunteers Arlen J. Hansen New York, Arcade 1996
Les ambulanciers américains volontaires au Bois-le-Prêtre, en 1915 Charles François Pont-à-Mousson







DRAPUS.gif (973 octets)   About the part of the  american volunteers see on internet  Alan Albright's site

or  Kansas university site on

This  site gives a lot of informations and the text of the book Friends of France (up bibliography)

See also

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