All the Hometown Boys: Wisconsin's 150th Machine Gun Battalion in World War I

All the Hometown Boys: Wisconsin's 150th Machine Gun Battalion in World War I

by Brad Larson


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In the summer of 1917 three Wisconsin National Guard companies came together to form the 150th Machine Gun Battalion of the now famous 42nd “Rainbow” Division. As true comrades, they relied on one another for support as they fought in every major battle of the American Expeditionary Forces, including the landmark battle of Chateau Thierry, which cost the unit dearly. As one of Wisconsin’s most celebrated units, a soldier coming from the battalion was selected to represent the state at the unveiling of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C., in 1921. Today, the 150th is all but forgotten, in part because their unit history was never written. Through letters, diaries, and other recollections, Larson tells us the story of these Guardsmen’s experiences. He traces the path of their wartime service and considers the impact of war’s trauma and tedium on their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299322205
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 803,116
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brad Larson, the director of the Oshkosh Public Museum since 1989, has been researching and presenting public programs about the 150th Machine Gun Battalion for many years. He is the author of Voices of History, 1941-1945.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Prologue 3

1 The War to End All Wars 7

2 Men of the Guard 17

3 War Comes to America 28

4 Hello France 43

5 Into the Trenches! 72

6 Baccarat 84

7 The Lousy Champagne 99

8 Château-Thierry 117

9 St. Mihiel 148

10 Meuse-Argonne 159

11 Victory and Occupation 176

12 Aftermath 186

Epilogue 193

Notes 201

Bibliography 225

Index 229

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