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 Returning to Paris   

August 7 1930 After having lunch at the cemetery our group departed  at 2:00 PM enroute back to Paris.
It was hard not to cry as we drove away from the cemetery, knowing this would be the last time I would ever be near Leo.  It was nearly as bad as when they told us he had been killed back in 1918.

After leaving Romagne-sous-Montfaucon the next village they entered was Eclisfontaine.  At this village was the Eastern juncture of the Chaudron Farm Road, which would have placed Mrs. Kelly approximately 2.5 miles East of where Leo was killed and first buried.  Continuing down this highway the next village is Charpentry.  Most likely Leo passed through this village either on 26 or 27 September 1918 as the 35th Division was slowly making its way North toward Exermont.  As the crow flies, the village is approximately 1.5 miles South of Chaudron Farm.  It is unknown if Mrs. Kelly was aware of this information as her group passed through on August 7, 1930, almost twelve years later.


We arrived at Suippes at 4:00 PM and had a rest stop at the Hotel Champagne.
Again as we are driving along we are seeing
many pretty little villages.
Something that just seems to jump out at you are the pretty lace curtains we keep seeing in the windows. 
We have noticed that the nicest houses and the most run down all seem to have pretty lace curtains.

Arrived in Reims at 6:00PM, had dinner and slept at the
Hotel Bristol Crystal.
We all went to bed early tonight.


August 8, 1930, we visited the city of Reims and the cathedral which was badly damaged by fire during the war.   After touring the city during the morning we returned to the Hotel Bristol Crystal for lunch.

We departed Reims at 1:30 PM
and continued our trip back to Paris.

After leaving Reims on our way to Chateau Thierry, we went through the towns of Champfleury and Epernay.  Between these towns was a large and beautifully dense woods.  Just before we reached the woods, and a few miles to the East of the highway we were on, is the village of Chamrey.  This is where Quentin Roosevelt, son of our late President Teddy Roosevelt is buried.

1LT Quentin Roosevelt, USAAC WWI:  His body was later moved to the Normandy American Cemetery and buried next to his brother BGEN Theodore J. Roosevelt, Jr. USA.  BGEN Roosevelt was a Medal of Honor recipient.  After the death of 1LT Roosevelt the sentiment to leave the WWI casualties buried overseas was begun when former President Theodore Roosevelt asked the War Department to “Let the young oak lie where it fell.”


It is strange the French have made it illegal to run over a goose – but it is ok to run over a chicken.  While we were driving from Paris to the cemetery and now again on the way back to Paris we have noticed the beautiful shade trees along the roadway and in the towns and villages.  Seems they have replanted a number of them, probably because of the war, the young ones seem to be growing real well.


We arrived in Chateau Thierry at 3:30PM for a rest stop at  Hotel de la Terrassee and ate at Hostellerie du Bonhomme
*.  There were many terrible battles near here during the war.
The much smaller Aisne-Marne American War Cemetery is located about 6.5 miles West of town.  We are told  this is where many of the American Marines who died at Belleau Woods during the war are buried.  The guide said the Germans came up with a new name for our fighting Marines - Teufel Hundin, which means Devil Dogs, for the ferocious, no quarters given way they fought. One of the ladies who spoke German said it could have another meaning, but she didn't explain.

*Note: Restaurant within the hotel.


Historical Note:  Chateau Thierry, located just 56 miles East of Paris, was the farthest point the German offensive reached in 1918.  Under heavy bombardment, the 2nd and 3rd Divisions of the U.S. Expeditionary Force aided the French troops in stopping the Germans.


After leaving Chateau Thierry we again went through the town of Montreuil aux Lions. We arrived in Paris at 6:45 PM, had dinner at the hotel and retired for the evening.

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