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Unspeakable Regret

Unspeakable Regret

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Unspeakable Regret

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Mar 16, 2013
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It’s ironic to note the first and last American military members who served in World War One to die were a nurse and an ambulance driver. Mr. Frank Buckles was America’s last surviving World War I soldier. He had been an ambulance driver and died of natural causes many years after the war. The first American military member of WWI to be killed in the line of duty strikes close to home. She was a young 29-year-old United States Army Nurse named Helen Wood - my grandmother’s sister, who died at the same time and in the same incident as another nurse. Although 94 years separate their deaths, the first and the last American WWI veterans are now together in the same place. Sonny Moran is also author of the publications Captains of Concrete and Floating Tombstone: The Mysterious Disappearance of North America’s First Concrete Ship.

Herausgeber:
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Mar 16, 2013
ISBN:
9780986824920
Format:
Buch

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As you can tell by my photo, I have had an interest in ships since an early age. My mother, Frances Moran, was dying of cancer. On her journey to say goodbye she showed me a photo she had of a uniformed man she called “Uncle Jack” who was captain of a ship. In the photo, he is standing on the deck of a vessel, in front of a lifeboat identifying the name of the ship. But a strap holding down a tarp over the lifeboat, as well as Uncle Jack’s pose was blocking part of the vessel’s name. I could only read C_S Concre___. After conducting countless hours of marine research, the ship was identified as the CGS Concretia. I was surprised when I learned she was made of concrete. Further research determined she was the first ship in North America to be built of ferro cement (form of concrete) that steamed under her own power. Amazingly, the Concretia has sailed silently through the pages of history – until now. Turning the following pages will bring you aboard the Concretia as she serves and protects with the forerunner of the Coast Guard, the Department of Marine and Fisheries. You will vividly experience life onboard the Concretia as a crewman, an officer, and captain. Enjoy!


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Unspeakable Regret - Sonny Moran

UNSPEAKABLE REGRET

By

Sonny Moran

Published by Sonny Moran at Smashwords

Copyright 2013 Sonny Moran

Discover other titles by Sonny Moran at Smashwords.com:

Captains of Concrete – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/59215

Floating Tombstone - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/36049

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - A Scottish Lass Trying to Find Herself

Chapter 2 - Captain of Unique Ship & Mary Millar

Chapter 3 - The American Dream

Chapter 4 - Base Hospital #12 Leaves for War-torn Europe

Chapter 5 - Mother Protested Trip

Chapter 6 - USS Mongolia Takes First American Action

Chapter 7 - A Warm Day in June

Chapter 8 - Tragedy at Sea

Chapter 9 - Surgeon General Orders Mongolia to Port

Chapter 10 – Sisters Crazed with Grief

Chapter 11 - Senator makes Passionate Plea for Investigation

Chapter 12 - Navy Determines Mongolia’s Deaths

Chapter13 - Northwestern University Medical School

Chapter 14 - Presidential Memorial Certificates and Medals

Chapter 15 - Final Special Tribute

Chapter 16 - Quest For Military Grave Marker

Chapter 17 - Gone, But Not Forgotten

A Word From The Author

It’s ironic to note the first and last American military members who served in World War One to die were a nurse and an ambulance driver. Mr. Frank Buckles was America’s last surviving World War I soldier. He had been an ambulance driver and died of natural causes many years after the war. The first American military member of WWI to be killed in the line of duty strikes close to home. She was a young 29-year-old United States Army Nurse named Helen Wood - my grandmother’s sister, who died at the same time and in the same incident as another nurse. Although 94 years separate their deaths, the first and the last American WWI veterans are now together in the same place. Sonny Moran is also author of the publications Captains of Concrete and Floating Tombstone: The Mysterious Disappearance of North America’s First Concrete Ship.

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Unspeakable Regret

A Scottish Lass Trying to Find Herself

The well-trained nurses looked impressive and dignified in their dark blue cloth and scarlet-lined capes. The letters U.S. proudly emblazoned on their collar, demonstrating their pride in representing America and the United States Army. The hospital unit was desperately needed in Europe, as World War I had been raging for three devastating years.

One of the nurses was Helen Wood. Born in Portobello, Scotland, in 1888 she was a true Scot. Her face shone with a ruddy glow of cheek and her red golden hair complimented the merry jest that fell so easily from her smile. She had resisted societal pressure to marry and raise a family in Scotland, choosing instead to follow her two sisters to America to pursue the American Dream in 1909.

Helen was the oldest member of six children and was the only woman in the family in a position to earn a decent living.

She also had three brothers, one of whom was 19-year-old Private William Adamson Wood who had served with the 7th Battalion, Royal Scottish Regiment. The young man had proffered a false age to Army recruiting staff to join the fight in the Great War. He was killed after receiving orders to attack out of Trench H10 at Gully Ravine, during the Gallipoli Campaign, on 28 June 1915. Helen was observing her twenty-ninth birthday on 16 May 1917; when she received a telephone call informing her she had been accepted as a member of the United States Army medical unit. She was excited. After eight years away from Scotland she would be able to see her parents and brother James serving with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France.

Another one of her brothers serving in the British Army was wounded at the Dardanelles and was unable to do more than very light duties. Her third brother was too young to work.

Helen's parents lived in Musselburgh, Scotland - 24 High Street to be exact, in 1917. The couple operated a butcher shop and they had begun a family late in life. The 1901 census of Scotland lists the patriarch of the family at 52 years old. During World War One he

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