15 Jul '17, 2pm

Today in History: @NationalGuardNY reported for World War I duty 100 years ago:

Today in History: @NationalGuardNY reported for World War I duty 100 years ago:

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.- On July 15, 1917, 24,000 members of the New York National Guard began reporting for duty in what was then known as the World War. On July 12, President Woodrow Wilson had ordered all 112,000 National Guard Soldiers across the country to report for duty as part of the National Army, which was being built to fight the Germans in France. The United States had declared war on Imperial German and Austria-Hungary on April 6 and now an Army had to be sent to France to fight. The first step was to mobilize the Army's main reserve, which was the National Guard. Wilson's order specified that National Guard Soldiers begin reporting to their local armories between July 12 and July 25. New York's troops, along with those in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska were instructed to report o...

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