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First Battalion - 346th Infantry, 87th Division AEF - 1919

Title Page, First Battalion, 346th Infantry, 87th Division of the American Expeditionary Force, 1919.

Title Page, First Battalion, 346th Infantry, 87th Division of the American Expeditionary Force, 1919. GGA Image ID # 1343bc5663

The First Battalion of the 346th Infantry was comprised of Company A, commanded by Captain C. R. Welborn; Company B, commanded by Captain C. P. Huggins; Company C commanded by Captain J. E. Bramlett; and Company D commanded by Captain E. H. Wooton. This modest chronicle of the birth and achievements of the First Battalion, 346th Infantry was both brief and unassuming.

Commander
Major Geo. H. Barngrover

Battalion Adjutant
1st. Lieutenant W. A. Geisenberger

Battalion Intelligence Officer
2nd Lieutenant R. A. Jordan

Battalion Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major H. N. Saunders

Battalion Clerk
Corporal F. W. Bonacker

Companies and Commanders

FIRST BATTALION HISTORY

This modest chronicle of the birth and achievements of the First Battalion, 346th Infantry will be both brief and unassuming: rather serving the part of a foreword or preface to the history of the individual companies of the mother organization, than comprising an independent treatise in itself.

The organization of the First Battalion of the 346th Infantry is coincident, as to date and place, with the formation of the Regiment itself, to wit : Year 1917, Camp Pike, Arkansas.

It was at Camp Pike that the Battalion developed throughout its youthful days, into a complete and virile combat organization. It was there that the grueling days of training fitted the officers of the Battalion for the task beyond the seas. It was there in the heat of a Southern sun that boys were made into men and civilians transformed into trained and disciplined soldiers.

And almost as rapidly as the training progressed, were the men taken from the organization which had developed them and transferred to the four corners of the globe. It was there that the First Battalion took first honors on the rifle range, and on the baseball field, and it was there that it learned to feel a pride in itself and rejoice in its appearance at parades and reviews.

Then came the transfer to Camp Dix, whence the battalion became a stranger in a strange land. But soon the stranger began to absorb the natives, and after a sojourn of about two months, the ranks of the ist Battalion, 346th Infantry, were filled with those souls whose names had recently adorned the rosters and reports — not excluding the sick reports — of such and such- a Depot Brigade.

These new sinews that were to make the muscle and brawn of the battalion, were sorted into squads, groups and classes ; drilled, tormented and instructed, until they too, took partly the shape and appearance of military personnel.

Then came the final chapter : The trip across the seas ; the tours of England, and the travels through France, the Rest Camps, the training area, the billets, the winning of friends among the natives, the collisions with their customs, the strangeness of their tongue; the orders to duty in the S.O.S., and the happenings there. All of this will be set forth in detail in the history of individual companies which comprise the First Battalion of the 346th Infantry.

It may not be out of place to add here, that the Organizer and Commander, and he who now stands at the helm of the First Battalion is Major George H. Barngover, who has spent the best years of his life in the Military Service of the United States.

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