A Dartmouth Doctor in WWI

The first call for active service came on Oct. 8, 1917, when I received the following letters from my personal friend, Major Janeway.

Up to this time there had been no urgent demand for doctors and while I was ready to enlist when necessary there was the feeling of responsibility to my patients.

More than this, being beyond the draft age, I wanted to serve in the capacity that. I believed most suited to my training. Col. Logan had asked me to go with the 26th. Division but I felt that the work that he offered was not the kind of work that I had been doing. My one regret now is that I did not go with them.

There were two things that I tried to insist upon, one was that I should not be sent to an officers training camp at home, the other was that I should not serve in this country but should be sent directly to France.

After receiving the letter that Major Longcope wrote on Oct. 26th. I went to Washington for a personal interview and he assured me that men were wanted who were willing to go to France without service in this country and that I would not be called until such time.

However the “Flu” epidemic broke out, men were needed and I was ordered to service in this country.

From MS-397, Box 1, Folder 2. To read the diary in its entirety, visit Rauner Special Collections Library and ask to see the Harry Goodall papers (MS-397).

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