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remarked with dry American humor that

they were received with all the honor

due immortal heroism before they had

done any fighting."

The first contingent of troops, under

command of Major General William L.

Sibert, steamed into the harbor of St.

Nazaire on the early morning of June 26.

Their coming had not been previously

announced, but the news that the Americans had arrived spread with astonishing

rapidity, and, by the time the steamships

drew along the quays, many thousands

of people were on hand to extend a welcome. The whistles of the crafts in the

harbor kept up an endless din, while every

man, woman, and child shouted "Vive

la France.'" "Vivent les Etats-Unis!" with

the enthusiasm of those who felt that

their deliverers had come. The bands

on the warships alternately played the

Star Spangled Banner and the Marseillaise

as the American flag was hoisted. The

town itself speedily took on a holiday

appearance, and the American colors

blossomed forth everywhere. The American troops were speedily dubbed the

"Sammies," or, by some, the "Teddies,"

to distinguish them from the British

"Tommies," who were already so well

known in France. Delegations of French

military and naval men were ready formally

to welcome their new comrades in arms,

who were soon transferred to a camp not

far from the port of debarkation. New

contingents came on the following day,

and the last units of the expedition, consisting of ships loaded with supplies and

horses, reached port on July 2.

On June 28, General Pershing, accompanied by General Pelletier, visited the

camp and inspected the troops. Regulations for maintaining order in the town

near which the camp was situated were

issued, and the right of maintaining

discipline was transferred by the French