California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Captain William M. Schnure Papers
California Home Defense Force and California State Guard in Los Angeles, 1940 - 1956
Then Private William M. Schnure, Southern California Home Defense Force, Los Angeles, 1940 (California Military Department Historical Program)

This collection is a scrapbook compiled by Capt. William M. Schnure, beginning with his service in the Southern California Home Defense Force, an unofficial volunteer defense force for by concerned citizens of Los Angeles that was absorbed by the California State Guard when it was formed in March 1941. It continues with his service in the Los Angeles based 2nd and 29th Regiments of the State Guard until the time that the State Guard was stood down in 1946. The final document is an obituary of Colonel Rupert Hughes. Colonel Hughes, playwright, soldier and uncle of Los Angeles tycoon Howard Hughes, was instrumental in the formation of the Southern California Home Defense Force and the California State Guard where he commanded at the highest levels until the end of the war.
In addition to documents and news clippings pertaining to the units that Captain Schnure, there are numerous articles and publications pertaining to other units of the State Guard and State Militia in the greater Los Angeles area.
Due to the size of the document, 485 pages, it is divided into five parts as follows:
  • Volume 1: Southern California Home Defense Force and California State Guard, 1 August 1940 - 4 April 1941
  • Volume 2: California State Guard, 22 April - 10 August 1941
  • Volume 3: California State Guard, 10 August-26 August 1941
  • Volume 4: California State Guard, 26 November 1941 - 24 January 1942
  • Volume 5: California State Guard, 24 January 1942 - 9 September 1956

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