Letters: Nov. 11, 1929

"Lafayette, We Are Here"


Issue of Oct. 21, p. 17, "General Pershing's 'Lafayette, we are here.' " Not his. Col. Charles E. Stanton, U.S.A., now of San Francisco, spoke for ''Black Jack" at Picpus Cemetery, and coined the phrase. When Stanton wrote his speech in advance of delivering it, Pershing read it and inked his O.K. on it. The manuscript belongs to the Family (club) of S.F. The phrase is its preoration. Furthermore, Pershing gave Stanton credit some years ago in a letter published in Collier's.

EDWARD F. O'DAY Del Monte, Calif.


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