Holding onto the Silver Greyhound's Tail

Holding onto the Silver Greyhound's Tail

Holding onto the Silver Greyhound's Tail
The Story of Cavalry Captain Wallace Francis Hamilton and the Overseas Courier Service in World War I


I wrote this account of the Overseas Courier Service fifty years after the incidents themselves. My daughter’s curiosity sparked it. Her high school history class was concerned with World War I. Aware of this, her mother gave her a photo from my scrapbook of me with a group of Overseas Couriers in front of the Hôtel de Crillon, Place de la Concorde, Paris in December 1918. Scrapbooks and diaries were not encouraged in the Armed Forces at war but I was determined to keep my scrapbook. My daughter requested more information, as did her teacher. I looked over my scrapbook with its sketches, photos and memorabilia and then turned to my typewriter to comply. I enjoyed the experience, as it provided a bond for a father whose daughter is 61 years his junior. Once launched by that Fay Lady of the Lake upon waters of romantic recollection, the adventures came very much alive.
—Wallace F. Hamilton, La Jolla, California, May 1968

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Part One, Holding onto the Silver Greyhound's Tail, by Wallace F. Hamilton

Part Two, The Man Who Wrote This Story, by Felicita Trueblood, March 2017

Part Three, My Turn, by Felicita Trueblood, March 2017