- Item 102323 - William Cobb's ticket home from France, ca. 1919
- Contributed by Maine Historical Society
- Item 102323
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Billet tickets were used during WWI to help create order on naval ships when soldiers were being transported between The U.S. and Europe. This ticket from the U.S.S America was given to William Cobb upon his leaving France. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in April of 1919, five months after the war ended.Show Details
This ticket kept order amongst soldiers returning home by providing them with information such as compartment number, banking number, washroom number, mess hall call group, life raft number and "Abandon Ship" deck. Soldiers carried the ticket on them at all times to ensure their return home was as efficient as possible. The bottom of the ticket also encouraged the soldiers to take a moment to relax and breath whenever feeling frustrated, because the war was officially over.