Photo that was part of a paper lot related to US 140th Regiment in France. The photo show soldiers (and sailors?) on board the USS Nansemond.
It appears that several of the men have severe disfiguring injuries.
Undated, would be 1919.
Nothing on back.
Toned on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Interned in the United States during the first part of the conflict, she was seized when the U.S. entered the war. She was renamed Nansemond by the U.S. Shipping Board, and the Army Cargo and Transport Service used her until shortly after the fighting ended. Transferred to the Navy in January 1919, she was commissioned as USS Nansemond (ID # 1395) and made several voyages to and from Europe as a cargo carrier and troop transport. Nansemond was decommissioned in September 1919
On June 29, 1917, the regiment was reactivated for service in the First World War when it consolidated with elements of the 3rd Missouri to create the 140th Infantry in October 1917. The new regiment was assigned to the 35th Division. Within the 35th Division they were assigned to the 70th Brigade alongside the 139th Infantry. Companies of the regiment were drawn primarily from the southeast of the state...The regiment organized and trained in the United States at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma and then shipped out for France where it began training under British tutelage in June 1918. In July, the 140th had its first taste of combat in the Gérardmer sector in the Vosges Mountains, where they conducted raids on German forces. They were moved to the Saint-Mihiel sector in September where they served as a reserve for the First Army. The regiment soon participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the largest battle the American Expeditionary Forces waged during the war. After five days of intense battle, they were relieved by elements of the 1st Division and were placed in the Sommedieue sector where they launched harassing attacks on the enemy positions until the Armistice ended the war.