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Report of the Adjutant General of Iowa


Report of the Adjutant General of Iowa
For the Biennial Period Ended June 30, 1918
Published by the State of Iowa
Des Moines

      The office of the Adjutant General has been a very busy place during the past two years. The United States has been involved in two wars during this period. At the beginning of the year 1917 the Iowa National Guard, with the exception of the Field Artillery, which was mustered out in December, was in Federal service and was on duty on the Mexican Border guarding the border states from invasion. The organizations were returned to their homes early in the year and by March 23, 1917 were all out of active service.
      On March 25, 1917 the President again issued a proclamation calling into active service a part of the National Guard from each state, preparatory to entering the World War. In Iowa the First Regiment of Infantry was called into service and placed on duty guarding bridges and munitions plants. By July 15, 1917 all other organizations of National Guard had been called into service.
     On August 5, 1917 all men who had been mustered into National Guard service were drafted into U. S. service. This took the Guard entirely from under the control of the state. By the latter part of August all Iowa units had left the state.
     Iowa Guard units sent into the service were all efficient, but it so happened that only one of them, the Third Iowa Infantry (168th U.S. Infantry) experienced any battle field service. This regiment was a part of the 42nd or Rainbow, division, and was a composite organization, composed of the third and parts of the First and Second Infantry regiments. Three-fifths of the enlisted men of the Third, when it left Iowa, had been for some time in the ranks of this regiment. Two-fifths were Guardsmen, transferred from the First and Second Regiments. As a result it was truly a representative Iowa National Guard unit, and its brilliant achievements on the battle fields reflects credit upon the National Guard as a whole.


First Infantry

Colonel John E. Bartley, commanding Headquarters, Tipton

Sanitary Detachment, Clinton County, Iowa

Commissioned Officers

Last Name First Name Age Residence Born Rank
Martindale Edward L. 48 Clinton Illinois Major
Sheehan Edward M. 37 Independence Iowa Captain
Jaenicke Kurt 34 Clinton Iowa 1st Lieutenant
Sherlock William P. 33 Keokuk Iowa 1st Lieutenant
Malony John Henry - Creston - 1st Lieutenant, Dental Corps
Lister Clarence Sylvester - Manchester - 1st Lieutenant, Dental Corps

Non-Commissioned Officers

Last Name First Name Age Residence Born Rank
Hostrup Jacob William 21 Clinton Iowa 1st Sgt.
Detlefsen Andrew J. 19 Clinton Iowa Sgt.
Stuart J. Dean 23 Clinton Iowa Sgt.
Tosh Norman J. 26 Clinton Iowa Sgt.
Bailey Harold L. 22 Clinton Minnesota Pvt. 1st Class
Chaffee James L. 18 Clinton Iowa Pvt. 1st Class
Fellows John, Jr. 25 Clinton Iowa Pvt. 1st Class
Mallory Rollin H. 20 Clinton Illinois Pvt. 1st Class
Miller Leland C. 19 Jefferson Iowa Pvt. 1st Class
Van Goethen Emil 19 Clinton Michigan Pvt. 1st Class



Last Name

First Name Age Residence State Born
Bahman Harry M. 21 Clinton Iowa
Barnes George 21 Maquoketa Iowa
Betsinger Harry 19 Clinton Illinois
Burlingame Clinton 27 Fulton, Illinois Iowa
Byers Glenn J. 21 Fulton, Illinois Illinois
Camoie Leslie Walter 19 Clinton Iowa
Davis Carl O. 18 Clinton Iowa
Dippo Frank H. 25 Clinton Minnesota
Dunmore Roy H. 24 Clinton Iowa
Evans Claude D. 18 Davenport Illinois
Fitzsimmons James J. 24 Lyons Iowa
Gertz John, Jr. 23 Clinton Iowa
Graham William W. 20 Clinton Arkansas
Hardy Allen 21 Clinton Iowa
McCaughey Harry R. 21 Clinton Iowa
Naugle Harold 18 Clinton Indiana
Palmer Leo W. 21 Reedsburg, Wisconsin Michigan
Perry Howard 24 Clinton Iowa
Raver Albert J. 22 Jefferson Iowa
Reiff Hyman 20 Clinton Russia
Rockrohr Arnold E. 19 Lyons Iowa
Rossiter Earl W. 23 Des Moines Iowa
Schoenfelder Leo J. 22 Lyons Iowa
Stoddard Freemna L. 21 Iowa Falls Iowa
Strohm Lloyd H. 20 Clinton Iowa


Men Who Refused to Take National Defense Oath


Last Name First Name Residence
Reynolds Kenneth K. Clinton
Van Epps C. Vedder Clinton


~reference: State of Iowa 1918, Report of the Adjutant General of Iowa, for the Biennial Period Ended June 30, 1918. Louis G. Lasher, Adjutant General. Published by the State of Iowa, Des Moines

~ contributed by Cay Merriman for Iowa in the Great War Special Project


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