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The History of Battery D, 65th Artillery, C.A.C. 1917-1919
as seen through the eyes of Pvt. 1cl Emerson S. Reavis


This is the 2nd Company out of Ft. Stevens, Oregon. This was the unit from which Battery D of the 65th Artillery was formed from. In this photo is Emerson Sloan Reavis.
Pvt. 1cl Reavis brought home with him many photos of the 65th Artillery while overseas. These photos were in an album and document with pictures where and what the 65th Artillery did while on active service.

Roster 2nd Company, CD of the Columbia

Captain Edwin B. Hyde, Jr. Commanding

1st Lt. Kirk P. Cecil
2nd Lt. Miles H. Mckay
2nd Lt. Benjamin H. Williams

1st Sgt. Paschal, John E.
Supply Sgt. Hanheide, Rudy A.
Mess Sgt. Pigott, Thomas A.

Sergeants
Murphy, James J.
Sappelsa, Joseph P.
Matthews, Perry L.
Guthrie, Charles W.
Freel, Joun
Nauman, Stephen P.
Clifford, Neal, C.
Allen, Loyal R.

Corporals
Crabtree, Oliver, R.
Bowden, Perry M.
Hunley, John
Schultz, Carl M.
Pitzer, William M.
Heater, James W.
Zinn, Harland O.
Gilliam, Mitchell A.
Wood, Clifford R.
Davis, Clifford, L.
Baer, Charles E.
Manning, James A.

Cooks
Ahlberg, Carl, T.
Tucker, James M.

Mechanics
Cook, William
Kimble, Truman G.

Buglers
Krogstad, Conrad
Pykkonen, William C.

Privates, First Class
Borane, Michael
Clayton, Alvin L.
Croon, Raymond L.
Gehre, William A.
Harmon, James T. C.
Higuera, John C.
Hilton, Paul
Johnson, Emil N.
La Hue, Harrison H.
Matherly, Charles T.
Montgomery, Clarence V.
Morgan, Anthony
Piacentini, Carlo
Powell, Lewis, K.
Reavis, Emerson S.
Sortor, Jacob
Voigt, Ernest E.
Wilson, Tom E.
Zumpfe, Joe

Privates
Arnold, Edwin F.
Batty, Clyde
Bertolucci, Anibale
Caldwell, Minice, H.
Corlew, Roy A.
Croshaw, Nelson E.
Herrington, Norman C.
Hodson, Virgil O.
Johnston, Ray
Kronick, Saul D.
Ledford, Byron
Lester, Albert G.
Madsen, henry
Mattox, Otto A.
McCollum, Edger J.
McCoy, William E.
Miller, Frederick A.
Mitchell, Ben C.
Morrison, Robert O.
Pace, Herbert L.
Pickens, William O.
Powell, Guy E.
Quinlan, Stanley J.
Ross, Albert G.
Siroy, Frank R.
Spreen, John M.
Taylor, Lee
Telfer, George
Tohill, Arthur
Tomberg, Neil H.
Turner, Robert
White, Rockfort
Wood, Carey E.


Emerson Sloan Reavis was in the 2nd Company and with the 65th Artillery Battery D through out the duration of the war and he returned to the States after the war. Below are some of he many photos he brought back that document what the men of Battery D, 65th Artillery did while "over there"

Troops marching in columns in Pierre Buffire, France.
A closer view of the troops in Pierre Buffire.
Loaded and ready for the front.
The Guns of Battery D loaded on train cars ready for the journey to the front lines. The tractor on the right side is a 75 hp Holt Caterpillar Tractor used to pull the sections of the guns to the emplacements.
A view looking into the open breech of the 9.2-inch howitzer.
A shell being loaded into the breech. In this view the breech door is still in the closed position.

Left to right; Colonel J. F. Howell, C. O. 65th Artillery, Major Kerfoot and Captain Grant

Just four of the guys of the 65th.
A view of German wire at the front.
This is a view of German wire after the American Artillery did it's job.
Firing at the target range near La Courtine before going to the front.
Church services at Gudemont, France.
A few of the "boys" from the 65th with what looks to be a pie.
A band concert at Pierre Buffire, France
A close up of one of the Bayonet dummies, likely his name was "Fritz"
Bayonet practice dummies.
This is a view of the gun bed of the 9.2 on the wagon used to transport the gun. This type gun was assembled on site and then dissembled again to be moved to the next firing position.
A view of the 9.2-inch guns used by the Battery, set up and ready to fire.
Maching gun practice.
This was how the Battery protected themselves from enemy aircraft attacks.
Outside the BatteryD Headquarters in Fleville, France
At the front, searching for a Hun plane.
In position and under campflauge on the line at Verdun
Escorting German prisoners to the rear at Fleville. The German officer at the right side of this photo with his hear turned away from the camera is a major in the German Army.
More German prisoners under the watchfull eye of the American Soldier being escorted to the rear. This is in Fleville and if you look at the left side of this photo there is a sign just at head height on the bombed out building that says "Fleville"
This is the 65th gun positions at Fleville. The guns are under the camoflauge and are hard to see.
A closer view of one of the guns in position at Fleville.
On a hillside near Fleville with the machineguns waiting for the Hun planes. In the background can be seen the tents and blankets hanging on the lines.

Firing at La Courtine

A German boardwalk in the woods at Bois d'Forges
One of the 65th Artillery's ammunition dumps at the front lines. Notice the narrow gauge railroad in the center of the photo with more rail cars on the right side. Shells are stacked in the open on the left center, these appear to be 155mm shells.
A camouflaged position on the line. In the foreground can be seen two 9.2-inch shells with fuses installed ready to load. The British 9.2-inch Howitzer fired a 290 lb. shell at a range of about 6 miles. Just through the opening of the nets would be the breech of the gun which can't be seen.
A well built German Dugout in the Argonne Forrest being inspected by an American Doughboy.
Auzeville, France.
At the front on the firing line. Loading a 9.2-inch shell into the breech of the gun.
One of the 65th Artillery's dugouts in the Fleville area.
One of the French narrow guage trains used to haul shells and powder to the guns on the line.
Two of the HMORS (Heavy Moble Ordnance Repair Shop) trucks attached to the 65th. These trucks had a repair shop in the bed and could handle almost any repair need to get the guns back working. More serious repairs still had to be done back off the line at a Ordnance Shop but these moble shops on the trucks kept the guns firing at the Germans. They also fixed more than just the guns, eyeglasses to typewriters and everything in between was repaired by the crews.
Heros at rest. An American grave site in the Argonne.
One of our dugouts in the Argonne Forest.

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The end in sight, after the firing stopped and our other battle in the mud at Brest.


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