Clipped From The Tennessean
STORY OF FIRST SHOT FIRED BY AMERICAN TOLD Sergt. Alex Arch of South Bend Sent Initial Shell Into Hun Lines. VBW YORK, Kept. 10. The try of the t nt shot fired by the American expeditionary expeditionary force tn the war with Oermany :i shell sent screeching Into the German hoes abont as dawn was breaking Q October October 'J3. 1117 lt contained to a letter sent t thr Associated Press by the commander ff the Indiana battery which performed i him important actios Id American history. Alei Arrh of South Bond, Ind., a aergrant n thin unit, Battery C of the Sixth Field rtlllrry, in the veteran soldier who, according according to this letter, yanked the lanyard "f Hie pi.inr gun to apeak for the United states nn the aoil of France. Ni'M.spnper correspondent who Inspected -hp -hp gnu nn the day It wan fired were permuted permuted at the time, to aay in their cablegram cablegram only that this sergeant was from south Homl. The honor of firing tbia flnt i-h.if i-h.if i-h.if had been rlalraed by another member r fhe name battery. Capt. Idiis R. Mc-l-'mlon, Mc-l-'mlon, Mc-l-'mlon, Mc-l-'mlon, Mc-l-'mlon, in command af Battery C. In writing writing f thin cwut expresses his conviction thui (tic people of the United State abould hme available an authoritative account, t.fii'i ttt-rnuse ttt-rnuse ttt-rnuse of the significance of the ) , ii ml because Id bla opinion credit Mti..tiM fro to the man to whom the officers ( tin- tin- buttery aay It Is due Sergeant Alex An-h. An-h. An-h. Sergt. Alex Arch of South .9and Ii the inan who pulled the lanyard and sent the firm American shot Into the hostile lines on the morning of October 23, 1017. at five minutes past six." Captain Mclndon aay a. 'I was prevent during all the firing of ttint morning. "In the gun drill of the 75 field pieces tlx- tlx- gnuner, a corporal, lays the gun for direction only; cannoner No. 1 sets off the range, and at the command of ttle chief of section, fires the piece. The chief of xcrtion merely repeat the command, 'fire, which la ordinarily given by the lieutenant who arts it a bnlterv" executive officer, iui this particular morning Arch had a smtk1 nun crew made up of the other nTtr n:fi who were in command of gun motion in the battery, all of whom were nniouK tt have a hand In the Job. Arch himself set off the range and acted as Nn. l, pulling the lanyard at my command, command, Tire' "