Three Mount Vernon physicians who had been training at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana in the officers reserve corps received commissions as captains.
The Daily Banner reported on Oct. 6, 1917, that doctors John R. Claypool, Josiah M. Pumphrey and Carroll D. Conard had been commissioned. It was not clear where they would be stationed, but the paper said they might go to France “within a short time.”
In France, where some American troops were still training, Gen. John J. Pershing visited the first and second lines of German trenches recently captured by the French. The French had launched a successful attack along a six-mile front northeast of Soissons, the Associated Press reported Oct. 24, 1917, advancing up to 2.2 miles and taking 7,500 prisoners.