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 A Thrilling Adventure

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been given the right of way. No favors were shown us here and not a head uncovered. As the locks closed for the night before our turn came we were forced to tie up for the night in a big, vile smelling basin where we were the object of much curiosity. We left Maestricht at 6:30 April 27 and met the Dutch Customs once more who passed us out of the country with the same thoroughness as before.

We arrived at Smeirmaes in Belgium at 8:30 where the Belgium Customs once more ushered us into Belgium immediately. All respect is again shown us and we reached Bree at 2:30 PM where a beautiful and solemn reception of the dead given in my care. On April 30 we left Vorssilaire at 7:00AM and, after going through that maize of waterways and canals that surround Antwerp, we finally pulled into our quai at 3:30 PM—22 days after we had started from Toule, France—where I turned over the three barges and papers into the care of the officer in charge. As long as I live I will never forget this trip and the kindness, courtesy and thoughtfulness of the Belgium people and the sympathy they exhibited to our American Dead.

Edward J. Bayon

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