California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Coalinga Home Guard
(45th Company, California Home Guard)
 
The following article was copied from the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News

Captain, E. J. MCCROSKEY
First Lieutenant, GOLDMAN
Second Lieutenant, SWANSEA

Coalinga Home Guard Co. No. 45 has now been organized some months and has good attendance at the weekly drill held on Friday evening. Officers' school is held on Wednesday evening at the Armory and is also well attended.

Captain E. J. McCroskey is a Spanish War veteran, Philippine service, is a competent officer and popular with his officers and men.

Most of the drilling works falls to First Lieutenant Goldman, who has had recent experience with the National Guard and understands the drill well. Second Lieutenant Swansea, who has seen service with the Canadian troops, also assists with the drill work.

An armory and good drill ground have been provided, but the company is as yet without uniforms and guns. Inasmuch as the law is a Federal law and specifically states that the States will not furnish arms and uniforms, it seems to our people that equipment must either be furnished by the National Government or else purchased by the members of the Home Guard companies.
 
We hope that more light may be thrown on the method of procuring equipment. While the interest in this movement is keen at the present time, yet we realize that the men must be armed and equipped, if interest is to be maintained.
 
 
 
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Updated 8 February 2016