Missouri Over There

Carrier Pigeon Capsule and Message


Title Carrier Pigeon Capsule and Message
Description Sergeant John R. Counts from Perry County, Missouri, took this carrier pigeon message capsule as a souvenir. Despite the advances of modern warfare, both sides relied heavily on carrier pigeons to carry important messages to the front. Pigeons could fly over the most dangerous parts of the battlefield and deliver vital information more reliably than soldiers. This message ordered American artillery to open fire on German troops near the La Forge farm in early October 1918. Sergeant Counts served in the 162nd Depot Brigade and the Grave Registration Regiment Unit 306.
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