Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Navy; Army
  • Unit of Service: Civil Engineer Corps; Bureau of Yards and Docks, US Navy Department; 13th Naval District; Reserves; 1st Engineers, 2nd Division (RA); 2nd Engineers, 2nd Division (RA)
  • Location of Service: Washington, DC; Seattle, Washington; France; Germany
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant; Captain

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"It is remarkable how the birds still sing in the war-swept forest." (Diary, 3/2/1918)

Boarding the USS Pocahontas on December 3, 1917, for the trip overseas, First Lieutenant Quincy Ayres made daily entries in his diary for the next eighteen months, narrating his arrival in France and his journeys and experiences throughout. He was sustained by letters from his wife, Mary, whom he addresses in his diary as "honey presc," an abbreviated term of endearment. Quoting a comrade, he writes that "letters from home are like the heavens breaking through depressing clouds."

[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ Diary of Lt. Q. C. Ayres, Engineers ]
[ Article on Ayres from "Who's Who in America Vol. 31, 1960-1961" ]
[ Brief Timeline of Veteran's Diary ]

About this Item

Title

  • Quincy Claude Ayres Collection

Names

  • Ayres, Quincy Claude
  • Shroyer, Sally

State of Birth

  • MS

Home State

  • IA

Headings

  • -  Ayres, Quincy Claude
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 1st Engineers, 2nd Division (RA); 2nd Engineers, 2nd Division (RA)
    • Location of Service: France; Germany
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1917-1919
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: Civil Engineer Corps; Bureau of Yards and Docks, US Navy Department; 13th Naval District; Reserves
    • Location of Service: Washington, DC; Seattle, Washington
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1945
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Digital print [2 items] -- Portrait (collected 1918 - 1927)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [3 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1961 - 2006)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1917 - 1919)
  • Artifact: Artifact [1 item] -- Other (collected 1917)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/37554

Cite as

  • Quincy Claude Ayres Collection (AFC/2001/001/37554), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Ayres, Quincy Claude, and Sally Shroyer. Quincy Claude Ayres Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37554/.

APA citation style:

Ayres, Q. C. & Shroyer, S. (1917) Quincy Claude Ayres Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37554/.

MLA citation style:

Ayres, Quincy Claude, and Sally Shroyer. Quincy Claude Ayres Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37554/>.