War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic. Here was love, applause, war; moments sublime with intervals hilarious. I was part of life at last, and in the midst of the excitement I discovered liquor. I forgot the strong warnings and the prejudices of my people concerning drink. In time we sailed for "Over There." I was very lonely and again turned to alcohol.
We landed in England. I visited Winchester Cathedral. Much moved, I wandered outside. My attention was caught by a doggerel on an old tombstone:
So first thing I notice was how Bill says, he discovered liquor in the midst of excitement. But then when he was lonely he turns to alcohol. Right from the start he illustrates through his story that the alcoholic drinks no matter what.
And then this statement "Much moved, I wandered outside". . He later on revisits this experience when he is having that internal dialog about the God concepts and how "His presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors. He talks about his ambitions and that drive for success, prove to the world that he his someone.