Our rail depot has been the portal to military service for many generations of Hood River men and women. While the depot no longer serves that purpose, this image is a good reminder of the thousands of emotional departures and reunions at that spot.
I wish we had a little more context here, but maybe we can figure out what is going on. These soldiers look to be WWI era, and they're traveling with rifles and bedrolls.
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I believe the man on the far right is my great uncle Bliss Clark, who left with this group from the Hood River area. Have no idea if they all remained together or were split up into different units. He had gone through military training at Oregon State earlier. I do know that he spent his time on the east coast and was scheduled to ship out for Europe when the announcement came that the war was finally over. I am proud to call him family, as I am to thank others of my family on this day who were proud to defend our country.
Charlott on 11th November 2016 @ 7:05am
and I am still looking for information about the World War 1 Trophy train that visited this location in 1918..........aren't we commemorating nationally the end of WW 1 in 2018? the Oregon Rail Heritage Center is thinking about doing a WW 1 Oregon rail exhibit as part of this commemoration. HR Museum?
Arlen Sheldrake on 12th November 2016 @ 4:01pm
From the December 5, 1918 HR Glacier.
....on August 21, 1916, there was organized in our city of Hood River, an organization at that time known as the Twelfth Company, Coast Artillery Corps, Oregon National Guard....
On July 25, 1917, the Company answered the call of the President and was mustered into federal service. It was a sad parting when the boys left their home town.
The group was organized under Hon. George Russell Wilbur.
l.e. on 12th November 2016 @ 11:01pm
Definetly WW1 uniforms..Still have my fathers uniform, He trained at Fort lewis.
He had a goiter operation and used the high collar feature to hide his bandages so he could board the troopship..
GOOGLE USS LIBERTY
John McLucas on 15th November 2016 @ 10:25pm
The Trophy Train came to Sonora CA in May 1919, so you might want to try 1919 research.
Patricia Perry on 1st November 2017 @ 10:52am