Posted By:Roger Nelson
Subject:Re: 136 Infantry - 34th Division
Post Date:November 11, 2012 at 18:44:50
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I have followed all the postings made prior to today Veterans Day. I do not understand nor need to know how the references to 33rd Div, and other units were drawn into the inquiry. From the book "Order of Battle of The United States Land Forces in the World War -Divisions" published 1931 - page 207 states that National Guard of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota is called in to Federal Service July 15 1917, and 3 days later the War Department designated these troops troops as the 34th Divison. Camp Cody, Deming NM is seleted for the training. Aug 19, 1917 concentration of NG troops arrive. -- In June (1918) the Div loses nearly all trained personnel in order tomee the requirements of the AEF automatic replacement system. Subsequently, replacements arrive the majority drawn from Ariz, Colo, Kans, NM, Okla, and Tex which complete the Div during Aug 1918. That is how your relative as a draftee, not NG, may have entered 34th Division. He could also have entered the 136th Inf as a draftee some time later - You would need to determine when he was inducted into the Army. In Aug 1918 the 34th Div moved via Camp Dix NJ to the ports of embarkation in New York and Brooklyn. In France during October 1918 the 34th Div was skeletonized to supply troops for other divisions. The 34th Div and consequently the 136th Inf probably never served in battle as a unit.