California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Modesto Home Guard
(33d Company, California Home Guard)
The following articles was copied from the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News

Captain, J. T. TOWNSON
First Lieutenant, W. H. KIRK
Second Lieutenant, J. W. GUYLER
Much activity is reported and a full membership of the company is sustained. They have lost many members through the draft and enlistment, but continue enlisting, and the ranks are full at the present time. Captain Townson is not only a capable official, but popular and well known, being associated with Geo. F . Davis, sheriff of Stanislaus County, as his chief deputy. The company is fully uniformed and equipped ready for business.

On Thanksgiving afternoon the company won out on the rifle range, getting well acquainted with their "guns" and the ammunition. It is reported that not a single cartridge missed fire, but some of the targets were not in line with the fire of the men behind the guns. Deputy Sheriff Geo. Vogelman and Sergeant Ralph Hastings manipulated the
target from the pit and pulled through the fire uninjured. Captain Townson made high score, while Sergeant De Mille Morse and A. Carlson came in for second and third honors. Fred Cashman was high man at 200 yards and walked away with the "turkey" given by Lieutenant J. W. Guyler.
On December 2d three companies,Modesto, Turlock and Ceres-practiced as a battalion under command of Major D. P. Booth, former student instructor of the University of California. Home Guard boys appreciate the favors extended to them by judge W. H. Langdon.
Modesto Company, No. 33, now has an armory, thanks to the city and the local Defense Council. They will meet at Rodgers Hall for the first time tomorrow night and get down to real, active drill work
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