Clipped From The Independent Record
Hloomslroni. World War I vets hold final reunion The handful of surviving members of World War I Co. L. 163rd Infantry HcKHiienl, a Montana Nalionnl Guard unit from Sidney. .Mont., held ils final reunion in Helena last weekend. The seven members in attendance voted to disband and iurn all the unit's records over to the Adjutant General of Montana. This final reunion of the Montana WW! unit atlracled former members from all parts of the United Stales, Of the original ISO men in the Sidney unit, only a few remain. Their first reunion held in Helena in August 195-1 195-1 195-1 attracted 21 from the oriyinn! ranks. Since that time 11 reunions have been held. Most of the reunions were held in Helena since the group trained at Fort Harrison before fioinR overseas in 1017. Attending Ihe final reunion were: C. C. Henry, Riviera, Nev.i C. L, Ilellsnoiiler, Berwyn, Pa.; Alva Straw, Fullerton, Calif,; Henuird Fortier. Beaverton, Ore,; Adam Sedlacek, Riverton, Wyo.; Joseph Henry, Glendive, Mont.; Glenn Allen, Morris, Minn. The IG3rd Infantry Rcyiment, -list -list Division, was the former Second Molilalia Regiment that served on die Mexican Rordor in l9lfi. II was broiighl up to war strength and federalized for World War 1 service on April 7, 1917 at Fart Harrison. Co. L, 163rd, guarded railroad bridges and lunnels from Shelby to Glacier National Park until September 1917. It then trained nt Fort Harrison. Capt. James J. Glcason of Sidney and Inter, Helena, wns the company commander. On December 14 Ihe rejtinient was marched aboard the USS leviathan, formerly the Germun passenger liner "Vatcrland." The regiment landed af Liverpool, England. Chrislmns Eve, 1917, and on Dee. 23 wns in France. This was the last time (he Montana reglmeiU was together. The -list -list Division had been designated as a replacement division and was hroken up to furnish men for American divisions thai were nnderslrenylli.