May 24 - Was on advance party that went to Metz en Couture for the purpose of locating a new camp for our Coy. We took the light train as far as the steel was layed (sic) and marches the rest of the way to that Village. We soon located a good place in an orchard. Cleaned it up some and then marched back home again. Before the war Metz had been a pretty town of perhaps 5,000 people but on the retreat of the Germans in the early winter had been mostly all blown to pieces leaving no buildings intact.