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Clifford Tribbett Diary/Sheet 4

Co.B, 19th Machine Gun Battalion
Service No. 2,006,308

This copy made by Jane Johnson Ruddick in February 1985.


  • May 16...At 6:30 p.m. left Gibraltor.
  • May 17...Sailing pretty rough.
  • May 18...Good sailing. Azores Islands
  • May 19...Rough as he...l
  • May 20... " " "
  • May 21...Pretty good sailing in fore noon, stormy in afternoon
  • May 22...Very good sailing. Saw a sailboat.

Here the diary ends. It began in the middle of a small notebook. Most of it was written in pencil and is much faded. There is evidence that some of the pages in the front of the book are missing, apparently torn out. On retuning home, did Clifford censor the diary? Interesting! At this writing, Clifford Tribbett is still living at the home farm passed down from his grandfather, Laurenz Willkom. Clifford is ninety years old having been born in November or December of 1896. He and his sister, Ida, are both in good physical and mental health. Ida is Eighty-three. She does all her own housework, raises many flowers and a garden, sews, crochets and keeps very busy. ~Jane Johnson Ruddick

Equipment issued to W.W.1 service men:

  • 1 pole
  • 5 pins
  • 1 rope
  • 2 blankets
  • 1 suit of underwear
  • 3 pairs socks
  • 1 pair shoes
  • 1 toilet set...soap
  • mess equipment
  • 1 towel
  • reserve rations
  • 1 O.D. shirt
  • 2 pairs shoelaces
  • helmet
  • gas mask
  • slicker

These packs, according to my father, Dale Johnson, weighed about sixty pounds and made a long march a miserable experience.

Equipment to be turned in at mustering out.

  • 3 Blankets
  • 1 cartidge or pistol belt
  • 1 shelter half
  • 1 D. shirt
  • 1 haversack
  • 1 canteen cover
  • 1 pack carrier
  • 1 first aid pouch

Signals? for using machine gun:

  • C...direction corret
  • A.N...Ammuntion needed
  • O.K....correct range
  • C.F....Cease firing
  • U...Fire Unobserved
  • F...Commence firing
  • Q...Fire observed but uncertain
  • F.L...Artillery fire causing losses
  • U.P...mils
  • G...Move forward
  • D.N...down

This copy made by Jane Johnson Ruddick in February 1985.

Private Clifford Tribbett
Co. B 19th Machine Gun Battery (or Battalion?)
American Expeditionary Force, Via New York
A.P.V. 793
Pistol No. 449156