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Major Walter A. Marden eating on Maneuvers

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Description Gelatin print of Major Walter A. Marden eating on Maneuvers.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1918
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Outdoor image of members of the 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, eating while on maneuvers at Camp MacArthur near Waco, Texas. Major Walter A. Marden is visible at right center, sitting on the ground and eating from a bowl. Captain Emil F. Kraning, commanding Company B, is seated at left center. The 2nd Wisconsin National Guard arrived here for training in August 1917 where they were redesignated the 127th Infantry, 32nd Division.
Walter A. Marden was the son of Nathan Marden and was born in Chicester, NH circa 1870. He is first listed in the Oshkosh City Directories in 1890 as a concrete contractor in business with his brother Peter L. Marden. He joined the Wisconsin National Guard was Captain of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in Spanish American War. He was promoted to Major June 5, 1912, commanding the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He commanded the battalion in 1916 during the Mexican Border War. In 1917 he commanded a battalion of the 127th Infantry, 32nd Division during World War I. His health broke down in France and he was hospitalized in August and September 1918. He was then transferred to the Service of Supply until December 1918 when he was sent back to Fort Dix in the United States to help muster out troops.
Emil F. Kraning was born in Germany in 1875. His family immigrated to America and settled in Oshkosh, WI. On July 11, 1893 he enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. His enlisted records indicate that he was Five feet, 10 1/2 inches tall, with gray eyes and brown hair. and a wood worker by profession. He reenlisted on July 13, 1896 and again on July 13, 1897. During the Spanish American War he was a sergeant in Company F. On February 1, 1905 he was promoted to Captain and commanded Company F, and commanded the company during the Mexican Border War. On July 14, 1917 he was promoted to Major commanding the 3rd Battalion 6th Wisconsin National Guard. When the 32nd Division was formed in August 1917 at Camp MacArtur, Texas, Kraning was assigned to command the 107th Supply Train. He was on the USS Tuscania when it was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine. In France he became ill with trench fever and rheumatism and was relieved of command on July 1, 1918 and sent back to the United States.
Object ID P2005.15.7
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Marden, Walter A.
Kraning, Emil F.
Place Camp MacArthur, TX
Print size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Subjects Group Photographs
Soldiers
World War I
Eating & drinking
Military maneuvers
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Camp MacArthur
Title Major Walter A. Marden eating on Maneuvers
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