"I conceived the idea of building up among the American people-among the men and women who could not go into military service-a financial front which would rest on the same inspiration and morale as the military front of the army . . . We went direct to the people; and that means to everybody--to business men, workmen, farmers, bankers, millionaires, school-teachers, laborers. We capitalized the profound impulse called patriotism. It is the quality of coherence that holds a nation together; it is one of the deepest and most powerful of human motives . . . It was the business of the Treasury to organize this outpouring of energy and willingness; to organize and instruct an army of volunteer salesmen."
- William Gibbs McAdoo, Crowded Years: The Reminiscences of William G. McAdoo
Members of the 69th Infantry begin their long trip to France.
The War of the Nations Portfolio (New York: The New York Times Co., 1919), 303.