My grandfather Ralph B. Cushman served as a Regimental Sergent Major in France and occupied Germany during WWI in the famed 90th Division made up of Texas and Oklahoma recruits. He was officially in the 345th Field Artillery, but was assigned to the Headquarters under Colonel George L. Wertenbaker.
At some point he was given the task of keeping a scrapbook for the regiment. He used his own camera and made a few extra copies of the photographs which ended up in his desk in Houston. His camera and photographic skill were not the greatest... but still they made a valuable record for us today, almost one hundred years later. Among the photos and a stack of negatives was the following article which he saved from the Houston Post... which tells their story well. I have inserted his photos where they seemed most appropriate.
Target practice: Lts. Garlington and Andrews.
The AEF version of a Pullman Car...
A view for doughboys leaving the Jersey shores...
A small detatchment went ahead and landed at St Nazaire, France.
Capt. Willard Berman and Col. George L.Wertenbaker
Held Pivotal Position
Air attack over Paris- unknown photographer
A ruin just a kilometer outside of St Milheil. Once the home of three enemy dugouts and a a telephone station, now reduced to rubble by the 90th Division artillery.
Enemy bunker captured by the 90th Division
Drivers for the top brass await their passengers.
German biplane crashed into a barn.
HQ. for 345th Field Artillery, 90th Division, Third Army in Neumagen, Germany