This Fireman Soldier was Ready

This Fireman Soldier was Ready

H. A. Dyer, formerly motor truck driver in the fire department of Youngstown, O., enlisted early in the war and soon was put in charge of a tractor. Not long after, he was told, one day, that the general was on a tour of inspection and proceeded to get ready. Uncertain as to what would be required, he told his assistant to keep his eyes on the general and when he got to the gun to prime the motor. The spark was set and the throttle in place ready to start at a second’s notice. When the general reached the gun he asked the driver several questions, finally asking if everything was working right, and getting for an answer that it was, he said: “Start up and run a little way.” The ex-fireman nodded to his assistant and was in the seat in an instant and off. He was told afterward that the general had timed him and it was just 40 seconds from the time he said “Start up’’ till the tractor was moving across the field. After inspection was completed, he sent his adjutant to tell Dyer that he had the best tractor he had seen. After he left, the major had all the gun commanders and the tractors’ drivers in his office telling what the general expected of them in the line of taking care of their charges. During his talk he mentioned the fact that one of the tractor men had everything primed and set, for the general who “was much amused to think a Buck had put one over on him.”

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