KHAKI-CLAD AMERICANS MAKE THE SCENE IN PARIS
Paris, France (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 15, 1917, khaki-clad United States regular officers of General John J. Pershing's staff appeared on the streets of Paris "rubbing shoulders" with soldiers representing France, England, Russia, Italy, Belgium, Serbia and Japan.
The newly-arrived American soldiers were seen stopping local Parisians to ask directions. There always seemed to be some Frenchmen who could speak English.
The women of Paris wore "little knots of stars and stripes in their buttonholes," and red, white and blue bunting was everywhere. Taxi drivers waved American flags from their windows.
General Pershing, who spent his last day in the city before going to the Western Front, visited the Senate where he was greeted with enthusiasm. French Minister Viviani "alluded to the great figure of President Wilson standing behind all manifest of the American passion for justice."
"Uniform of U.S. Adds New Color To Paris Scene", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 16, 1917.