Time Machine: Cedar Rapids Guard section served on border, in World War I

November 12, 2017 - Picnic Time

Six veterans from Iowa’s Company D, 1st Iowa Infantry, were still alive and means to attend a 50th anniversary of a Iowa National Guard section on Mar 28, 1964.

The association was shaped in 1914 as Company H of a 53rd National Guard Iowa Infantry Regiment. It became Company D when a Iowa National Guard reorganized a year later.

Judge C.B. Robbins of Cedar Rapids was captain of a 65-member association of immature men, mostly from a Cedar Rapids area. Some of them were students during Coe College; many were 17 or 18 years old.

The 1st Regiment’s Iowa National Guardsmen encamped during Manville Heights on a west bank of a Iowa River, nearby City Park and a University of Iowa in Iowa City, in Aug 1915.

Company D, underneath a authority of Robbins, 1st Lt. Walter A. Meyer and 2nd Lt. Fred Donovan, was assimilated by Company C, also of Cedar Rapids, and a 1st Regiment Band done adult of Cedar Rapids musicians underneath a instruction of Jacob Schmidt.

When they weren’t attending troops lectures or drilling on a field, a khaki-clad soldiers were doing calisthenics or training how to hoop rifles and representation tents.

The section came underneath sovereign office in Jun 1916 when Mexico announced fight on a United States after a U.S. retaliated for a raid on Columbus, N.M., by Mexican mutinous Pancho Villa.

In sequence to strech a military-strength requirement of 150 soldiers per unit, Robbins began an heated recruitment bid during a Cedar Rapids armory. When Companies C and D boarded trains for Camp Dodge in Des Moines on Jun 24, 1916, Company C had 18 new recruits and Company D had 11. In addition, any association had acquired a dog as a mascot.

Their subsequent stop was on a Mexican limit nearby Brownsville, Texas.

During their six-month debate of duty, a association endured pleasant storms and some of a group became ill, though a soldiers saw no combat.

Robbins was promoted to brigadier aide with a arrange of major. He changed to a domicile of Brig. Gen. H.A. Allen during Brownsville. Meyer was promoted to captain of Company D.

The association was sent home on Jan. 15, 1917.

SABULA WWI

In Mar 1917, usually before a United States entered World War I, a soldiers were called to active duty. The group of Company D were reserved to ensure a 1906 overpass over a Mississippi River during Sabula, a categorical channel for a Milwaukee Railroad.

The tents during Camp Robbins, named after a unit’s initial leader, any had a stove with spark furnished by a tyrannise and were orderly orderly along a sand highway built by a soldiers.

The people of Sabula treated a soldiers as guests, mostly providing them with treats for dinner. In turn, a soldiers were partial of area nationalistic celebrations.

On Sunday, May 20, The Gazette’s editor, Verne Marshall, delivered an residence attended by Sabula residents and a soldiers.

Three months later, all of Sabula incited out to contend farewell when Company D was systematic to Camp Dodge in Des Moines. There, about half a group were reserved to a 3rd Regiment, partial of a famed Rainbow Division. They underwent complete training until they boarded trains for Long Island, N.Y., to be shipped overseas.

The rest of a soldiers were reserved to Camp Cody, a training stay in Deming, N.M., where they were comparison for a deputy breeze and deployed for avocation overseas, mostly to France.

More than 500 group served with Company D by 1918.

World War we finished on a eleventh hour of a 11th day of a 11th month — Nov. 11, 1918, a day we now applaud as Veterans Day, a day to respect all troops veterans.

REUNIONS

Robbins, who assisted in removing Cedar Rapids’ Hanford Post of a American Legion started, is also credited with starting Company D’s Last Man’s Club after a war. When he died on Jul 5, 1943, a members collected a subsequent day during a Veterans Club, 709 Second Ave. SE, to devise their appearance in his memorial.

Of a club’s dual annual meetings, one was customarily a summer picnic.

In Mar 1953, a bar members celebrated a 36th anniversary of their call to sovereign use during Sabula with a assembly during a Sixteenth Avenue Commercial Club, 62½ 16th Ave. SW.

Ed Kalous’ plantation nearby Solon was a site of a cruise in Jul 1961.

last man’s club

Only 11 of a strange 65 members of a association were famous to still be alive in 1964, a 50th anniversary of a unit’s founding. Six of them attended a anniversary cooking during a Sokol clubrooms along with veterans who had assimilated a section after a use on a Mexican border.

At a core of a list was a bottle of wine, meant to be common by a final dual survivors of a Last Man’s Club of Company D. A label, taped to a bottle, said, “Vaya criminal dios (go with God).”

By 1984, usually 4 veterans of a association remained: Fred Anthony, Royal Tuttle, John Zalesky Jr. and Wesley Ward.

The final male station would be of Wesley Ward. A colorful character, Ward told The Gazette he was orphaned during age 11 and became a squatter on May’s Island, vital initial in a lean-to done from scavenged boards, afterwards in a tent purchased with income he done from offered fish he held in a Cedar River. He afterwards became a bootlegger. After his Army service, he worked during a Douglas Starch Works, during a carnival, during Cedar Rapids Block Co. and during Barnard Leas Manufacturing. He late from Allis-Chalmers.

Ward died in 1993 during age 96 — 79 years after Company D’s founding.

source ⦿ http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/archive/time-machine/time-machine-cedar-rapids-guard-unit-served-on-border-in-world-war-i-20171111

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