Christmas in Europe

Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson, MD, Woodrow Wilson’s physician and friend, accompanied President and Mrs. Wilson to France in December, 1918, prior to the beginning of the Paris Peace Conference. Ever mindful of the history unfolding around him, Grayson kept a diary of his experiences at Wilson’s side. From Grayson’s diary entries, we know that the President had promised to pay a visit to General John J. Pershing at Pershing’s headquarters in Chaumont. The Wilson’s decided to honor this promise over the Christmas holiday, combining it with a review of troops representing the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.). The President asked General Pershing to arrange it so that he and Mrs. Wilson could have Christmas dinner with the doughboys themselves. Continue reading