PERSHING ORDERS U.S. ARMY TO TREAT FRENCH PEOPLE WITH COURTESY
Paris, France (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, July 8, 1917, Major General John J. Pershing, commander of American forces in France, issued the following general order to his soldiers...
"For the first time in history an American army finds itself in European territory. The good name of the United States of America and the maintenance of cordial relations require the perfect deportment of each member of this command."
The General went on to ask his men to treat the French people...
"with the greatest courtesy and consideration....especially the women."
And he added...
"no damage to private property. Honor them as those of your own country."
"Be Gentlemen For Sake of U.S., Pershing Asks," The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 9, 1917.
Men of U.S. 64th Regiment
U.S. National Archive
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