HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHT

cepia-tone photo of General walking through snow with other officials in front of Soliders standing at attention
Gen. John J. Pershing, commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, inspects Soldiers of the 37th Division near Alencon, France during World War I.

On this day in Ohio National Guard history

General Pershing visits 37th Division

Photos and video courtesy of Ohio Army National Guard Historical Collections

(01/28/2018)

On Jan. 28, 1919, the 37th Division was inspected by Gen. John J. Pershing, commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, near Alencon, France during World War I. The 37th Division history describes the day’s activities:

“On 28th January every unit of the division was drawn up on the level parade ground near Alencon. Every man was as spick and span as days of work with all means at the disposal of the troops could make him. After the general had decorated a large number of the men with the Distinguished Service Cross he inspected the entire division. The units stood for hours while the keen-eyed soldier walked rapidly in front of rank after rank, looking over every man. At times he would step in front of some soldier with a wound chevron on his sleeve and would inquire kindly as to where and how he was wounded. After the inspection the division passed in review to the music of a huge band made up of the consolidated bands of the entire division.”


 

Photos from Ohio Army National Guard Historical Collections