"Originally the President was supposed to sit down at an ordinary company mess and have Christmas dinner with the privates, sergeants, corporals and whatnot. Eventually general headquarters had second thoughts of letting the President eat with a bunch of privates and corporals. So it turned out that the president was going to mess with a select group at Chaumont. So the day he was to arrive, Christmas morning, the orders came for all troops of the division to be out on the street in full uniform to present arms at 6:30 in the morning for the President as he passed by to render a salute. So that’s what we did. We were out there in the morning fully dressed, fully equipped, rifles at present and everything and we stood there and we stood there and we stood there. No one dare give the at rest in fear that the car would come down the road. I think it was 10:30 or 11 o’ clock before a big Cadillac came whizzing down the road another Cadillac behind it. One of the two cars had the President in it and as he went by he didn’t even turn his head. We were at present arms, he didn’t even return our salute. We were disappointed, we were chagrined, and when we found out that he wasn’t going to eat with us troops at all, we were damn mad. But that was Christmas. "
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