Right up to Armistice Day, US clout in WWI kept increasing

FILE In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 file photo, re-enactors in World War I military uniforms carry an American flag in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery, nor

FILE In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 file photo, re-enactors in World War I military uniforms carry an American flag in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery, nor

FILE In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, footsteps are seen as the snow falls at the Meuse-Argonne American World War I cemetery in Romagne-Sou

FILE In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, footsteps are seen as the snow falls at the Meuse-Argonne American World War I cemetery in Romagne-Sou

FILE  - In this Saturday, May 26, 2018 file photo, a view of the U.S. 42nd Division monument at Fere-en-Tardenois France. The memorial, a bronze sculp

FILE - In this Saturday, May 26, 2018 file photo, a view of the U.S. 42nd Division monument at Fere-en-Tardenois France. The memorial, a bronze sculp

FILE  - In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, a statue of three soldiers at the World War I Navarin Memorial in Souain-Perthes-les-Hurlus, Fran

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, a statue of three soldiers at the World War I Navarin Memorial in Souain-Perthes-les-Hurlus, Fran

FILE  - In this Sept. 26, 1918 file photo, a U.S .Army 37-mm gun crew man their position during the World War One Meuse-Argonne Allied offensive in Fr

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1918 file photo, a U.S .Army 37-mm gun crew man their position during the World War One Meuse-Argonne Allied offensive in Fr

FILE In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, US Marines march during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, Fr

FILE In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, US Marines march during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, Fr

FILE  - In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 a US Marine walks among graves at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France.  After the United States

FILE - In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 a US Marine walks among graves at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. After the United States

FILE - In this photo taken on Friday, March 24, 2017, barbed wire surrounds a World War I German trench line at the Mound of Vauquois in Vauquois, Fra

FILE - In this photo taken on Friday, March 24, 2017, barbed wire surrounds a World War I German trench line at the Mound of Vauquois in Vauquois, Fra

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, the graves of US nurses Dorothy Cromwell, left, and Gladys Cromwell, right, at the American C

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, the graves of US nurses Dorothy Cromwell, left, and Gladys Cromwell, right, at the American C

FILE _ In this file photo taken on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, the grave of World War I officer William C. Rock from Pennsylvania is decorated with the Fren

FILE _ In this file photo taken on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, the grave of World War I officer William C. Rock from Pennsylvania is decorated with the Fren

FILE In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018 file photo, a World War I bomb crater in the woods among overgrowth and trees near the American Monument of Chate

FILE In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018 file photo, a World War I bomb crater in the woods among overgrowth and trees near the American Monument of Chate

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct 14, 2014 file photo, poppies are in full bloom in a field near Sommepy-Tahure, France. After the United States declared

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct 14, 2014 file photo, poppies are in full bloom in a field near Sommepy-Tahure, France. After the United States declared

ROMAGNE-SOUS-MONTFAUCON, France (AP) — On final morning of World War I, U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing was not eager to stop fighting. After all, if one nation had momentum after the first global war's four years of unprecedented slaughter, it was the United States.

U.S. troops would push forward on several fronts in France until the minute a cease-fire took effect at 11 a.m., six hours after it was negotiated. With more time, the Americans might even have entered Germany soon after, establishing themselves as the world's ascendant military power.

When Pvt. Jose De La Luz Saenz woke up along the front lines of the Meuse-Argonne offensive in northeastern France on Nov. 11, 1918, the pre-dawn instructions were not only about sealing the imminent cease-fire but "continuing the artillery fire with the same intensity" until then.