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Co. F., 108th Infantry

By Lieut. G. L. Wilder

In the spring of 1917, directly after the declaration of war, the National Guard units of the State were called into active service.

Company F, 108th Infantry, known as the Third New York Infantry, was assigned to duty in the vicinity of Oneida. The company was commanded by Capt. J. S.  Thompson with First Lieut. G. L. Wilder second in command.

The company remained here until the middle of July, 1917, when they entrained for camp at Pelham Bay, New York, where they joined the remainder of the regiment. The entire regiment left for Spartanburg, S. C., in September.

May 17th, 1918, the company boarded the steamship President Grant, landing in Brest, France, on Decoration Day. Company F, as a part of the 108th Infantry, saw some hard fighting, especially in the Dickenbusch sector before Kemmel Hill and at Guillemont Farm, when the far-famed Hindenburg line was smashed. The latter part of March, 1919, saw the return of the Division to America, where it was given the historical reception in New York city. 

All the communities, including Oneida, contributing men to this organization, may well feel proud of their sons and their achievements.

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