Battles in France During 1918

Battle of Cantigny Village - May 28
Battle of Aisne - May 27 to June 6
Battle of the Marne at Chateau-Thierry - June 4
Battle of the Mertz at Compiegne - June 9
Second Battle of the Marne - June 15
Battle of the Aisne-Marne-Soissons - June 18
Battle of Amiens - August 10
Battle of St. Mihiel - September 12 (massive artillery)
Battle of Meuse-Argonne - September 26
Areas of Operation:
Toul Sector
World War One Soldier - Hap Bouchard in the Great War
During World War One Private Alfred
O. Bouchard, from Fall River
Massachusetts, drove ammunition
trucks to the front lines in France.
Enlisting in 1916 with the
Massachusetts National Guard and
assigned to the 12th Gun Company,
Ammunition Train. The company
commander was Captain Thomas J.
Clifford. The division shipped to
France in 1917 in the first waves of
American soldiers commanded by
General John (Blackjack) Pershing of
the American Expeditionary Force.
Private Bouchard was assigned to
Company "C" of the 101st Ammunition
Train, 26th Division. Delivering high
explosive and gas shells to artillery
units throughout American sector,
which comprised the right flank of the
Allied Army. Their battles were from
Aisne, Mertz, Marne, Soissons,
Amiens, Sait-Mihiel,Muese and the
Argonne Forset area, all in France.
Soldiers in the 101st Ammunition Train
had to drive at night and without lights.
The moving convoys of ammunition
trucks were easy targets for the
German artillery and a soldier rode in
the back of each truck to signal the
next truck in line when to stop or move.
Trucks were hit by incoming enemy fire
during the drive to the front, exploding
with their load of ammunition the truck
would also destroy the truck in front
and behind them. During breaks in the
fighting the soldiers of Company "C"
would forage and hunt for food to
supplement their rations. As the son of
French Canadian parents, Private
Bouchard spoke French well enough
to serve as an unofficial translator for
his unit. Working with different French
troops, some from parts of northern
Africa my grandfather experienced
diversity not allowed in the USA. He
had great respect for the Black troops
from Morocco. He spoke of trading
food and other items and fighting their
common enemy. After 18 months
overseas Hap Bouchard returned to
Fall River in 1919. Twenty three years
later he would be serving with the US
Army Air Corps training transportation
crews in Bergstom Field near San
Antonio Texas.
Hap Bouchard during World War Two
The 26th Division Patch