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Lt LaBoiteaux Awaits Embarkation to the Front

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Officers leaving for the front often had to await embarkation orders once they arrived at their port. Lieutenant Andrew J. LaBoiteaux and other Signal Corps members often spent their time taking care of last minute paperwork, such as obtaining their final medical clearance and official certificate of identity from the War Department.  Besides completing these last minute necessities, Lt LaBoiteaux managed to find time to relax at the Hotel McAlpin.  The opulent hotel, known for its Turkish baths, was a popular stop for servicemen.  LaBoiteaux jokingly noted in his scrapbook, “Sean and I were here only when we couldn’t find any place else to go.”


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