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Loren and C.V. Spawr in Naval Reserve
FIRST NAVAL RESERVE GROUP HAS REUNION World War Veterans Of 20 Years Ago Banquet In St. Joseph Forty men, who 20 years ago donned their uniforms in answer to the first call to arms when America entered the World war. gathered at the St. Joseph Elks temple Saturday evening for the annual banquet of the first contingent of the Fouith division, Second battalion, Michigan Naval Reserves, This group included almost half of the 85 men and four officers who departed from the twin cities on April 12 ,1917, six days after America declared war on Germany. They gathered in St. Joseph from many distant points to talk over their war-time experiences and renew their friendships. It was a gala banquet arranged by Charles Armstrong, president, and Attorney Wilbur M. Cunningham, secretary, or the organization. The veteran Gobs were seated at a table shaped like an anchor. Will Honor C. K. Farmer The group voted ’to erect a plaque in honor of Commander C. K. Farmer, who was in charge of the Naval Reserves here. Mr. Farmer is now in a federal hospital at Bath, N Y. This veteran officer was responsible for maintaining the Naval Reserve organization here. He won the praise of all the veterans at the banquet Saturday night. The five officers who left with the first contingent Included H H. (Pat) Crow. Loren Spawr and Dr. C. V. Spaw-r. Clifford Smith and Wilbur M. Cunningham. Harold Carter, who was a petty officer, won a commission later He came from Ann Arbor to attend tlv reunion. Of the B5 men and five officers who left with the first contingent none were killed in action. Two of the group died in service. They were Wilbur Ashman. New Troy, and Percy Glennan. Benton Harbor. The local sailors departed on April 12, and arrived at the Philadelphia Navy yards on April 13. From there they were assigned to various ships and stations in the Navy. Many of the local men were assigned to the transport service and others were stationed on battleships, submarines, submarine chasers and training ships. All of the members of the first contingent were trained men and some were in active duty in less than a week after they left their homes.