Praised be Jesus Christ!
I was still in South America and now 21 years old, I remembered that
back in Russia
male at the age of 21 was required to appear at the draft board. I was
quandary--should I go to back to Russia
or should I remain in South America.
deliberation I decided to write to my dear parents and ask them for a
answer. After a short delay they thought it best for me to return home
out my identification papers. This happened in August 191O. In October
same year I received my verification papers and was classified with
for military duty. In November about 2 years and 1 month later, I had
home. This was a hard blow. The three years of drill and study were not
because I had pictured to myself the woes and hardships
of the wars. But now "Lord Thy
Will be Done” no matter what happens.
assignment was Tiflis in Warsaw Russia,
a place so strange to me and the food was of the poorest. How I missed
where I had the best of everything. Then, too the 3 months of hard
young soldier before we were sworn in. After that they selected a few
of us for
minor officers and of course they didn’t miss me. That meant 8 more
months of hard
study very much worse than the first three. At that time I was drilling
canons which then were drawn by horses. This necessitated drilling with
gymnastics very much harder than the daily dozen. The officer in charge
the drill and then called for volunteers to do it. Since many of the
were afraid of falling either to death or of breaking arm or leg I was
the first to do the trick. Once it was just a month before the
had to drill with a horse. When my turn came along inspite of my love
horses this one was the limit. The officer held the horse by a rope and
reared and pluged and I was supposed to jump on. At the propitious
jumped on but the horse lurched and I fell off on the other side, and
ankle so hard that I thought I had broken a bone. I was wheeled through
town to the hospital in a two wheel cart. The pain was terrific. I
intensely from the jolting of the cart, however that the thought to be
hospitalized wasn't so bad as the thought of the examination just a
and all my hard studying and drilling would be in vain. But it turned
Again "Man proposes and God disposed”. After 3 weeks I was released
the hospital and I passed my examination and was then known as
Lieutenant or Captain.
My great pleasure was that all the hard drilling and
Learning was over-- a
(World War I)
long after however we received word that there was an insurrection in Russia
and that our soldiers with the canons and a whole division must go and
peace. We started afoot or on horseback with all our belongings and
after a 3
day march arrived in Persia
in 1912. Rumors of dead and wounded soldiers had reached so we placed
canons around the town, and sent a notification to the Persians that
they would surrender they would be canonaded. The Envoy raised the
and we entered the town peacefully. A great pleasure for the soldiers.
there 2 months and then returned to Tiflis.
duties as captain were not hard but anyone who has never experienced
heartaches and longings of homesickness cannot know what it means to
How I longed and waited for the time of release and dismissal. This
the next time.
dear Lord bless you all. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lang
and Katarine Lang and Family.