Examines the history of the 103rd Field Hospital Company, 26th (Yankee) Division in World War I.
Shay looks at the crucial yet unheralded role played by support troops in World War I, in particular those in the medical branch. The unarmed men of the 103rd Field Hospital Company, 26th (Yankee) Division spent a year and a half in France performing their duty bravely under arduous conditions. The experiences of the men of the 103rd Field Hospital were undoubtedly shared by any member of a frontline field hospital. Based on nearly four years of research, including original archival material, he fills an important gap in the military history of World War I.
A Grateful Heart is a detailed account of the 103rd Field Hospital Company, 26th (Yankee) Division in World War I. All aspects of the company are examined. The book is more than a chronological narrative and it places the unit in the context of the larger role of the 26th Division. It features original maps and passenger lists showing the members of the unit who sailed to France in 1917 and who returned in 1919.
Preface "Let's Go!"--The Yankee Division Gears Up Camp Life--Mud, Disease, and Accident First Taste--In and Out of Line (Chemin des Dames Sector) A Front All Their Own (Toul Sector) Killing Fields (Aisne-Marne Offensive) Closing the Gap (St. Mihiel) The Tough Get Going (Troyon Sector) The Final Push (Meuse-Argonne) A Little Piece of Me--Going Home Appendix I: Division Medical Organization Table Appendix II: Collection and Evacuation of Wounded Appendix III: Passenger List RMS Canada, September 16, 1917 Appendix IV: Enlisted Men Ready to Sail, April 1, 1919 Appendix V: Sick Call (Treatment of Disease) Appendix VI: Sick Call (Treatment of Wounds) Appendix VII: Call to Quarters Appendix VIII: Assembly Index (Persons) Index (General)
Reviews A I^Grateful Heart^R describes how a nation, unprepared for war, sent unhealthy and unprepared soldiers into combat. The same issues that were argued in 1918 are being argued today....[a] major contribution to detailing WWI medicine, provides remarkable insight into the specific problems and challenges or military medicine. This book will be of most value to members of medical detachments, but readers of WWI history will also find it interesting.—Military Review
Shay's descriptions of the operations of the Yankee Division's 103d Field Hospital, together with some photographs of its medical facilities and personnel, provide a fresh view of a relatively obscure aspect of the history of the First World War...essential to understanding the nature of and response to various medical conditions that the U.S. Army faced in the war...—Army History