For God and Country








The Call

        On the fifth day of June, 1917, the young men of the United States of America received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon mankind. They were given the right to place their names upon the clean, white pages of the history of their country as The Defenders of Right

        On that day Sioux City gave her power to her country. The stern stuff od her youth went out to blend in The Colors.

        Days were built into weeks, and when but a few months had passed, Sioux City boasted of 4, 384 men and women in the uniformed service of their country.

        The Matchless City had liberally given, yet her plow went deeper in the soil.


The March

       Fortunately, Sioux City claimed no regiment, no battery or troop as her own. Her men were scattered into all the arms of the service. Every Battle that was to follow would be participated in by some of her men. The seas, the training fields and the air knew men from the Matchless City.

       The long march had begun. America's youth had set aside their ambitions in order to fit themselves to meet and outfight their oppressors. It was a new, a hard, intense training ... this night and day charge of preparing for the conflict. The sentinel at night felt the pull at his heartstrings for home where his thoughts were laid. The phosphorus streaks on the waves at night brought the sailors a longing for the lighted cottage and its cheer and its love and its comfort.

       But, may all men know, as time goes on, that not a man that went out to defend America was without knowledge as to just why he took up the fight. The very light of principle was in his eye and it fired him with a pride too great to permit hardships and the confines of discipline to arouse a complaint. Rather, it strengthened him and revealed to him the glory of preparing to serve well.    





~ scanned and submitted by Paula Hinkel