WORLD WAR II
4th of July Parade 1942

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Description Gelatin print of a July 4th, 1942, parade in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during World War II.
Event World War II
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 11689
Notes Gelatin print of a July 4th, 1942, parade in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during World War II.

Pictured here are soldiers parading on Main St. Possibly Wisconsin Guard members.

The buildings in the back ground were razed to build the bank building that is on the west side of the 100 block.
On 1 Feb. 1941, after the Wisconsin National Guard was federalized in October of 1940, the Governor (Julius P. Heil) directed the Adjutant General (MG Ralph M. Immell) to organize a state guard of 2,400 men to consist of a brigade of 3 infantry regiments with 32 rifle companies, 3 headquarters and service companies, and 3 bands, plus one MP Company and one Machine Gun Company. Each regiment consited of 3 battalions of 4 companies each. By 30 June 1941, the organization was complete. Each company had 5 officers and 60 enlisted men. Uniforms were furnished by the state and rifles and ammunition by the federal government. Their uniforms were similar to, but distinctive from, the uniforms of the Regular Army. They were given an intensive course in home defense.
On 30 June 1943, the organization consisted of 297 officers and 2,251 enlisted men.

During their existence, the Wisconsin State Guard was called by the Governor on the following occasions.

Aug. 15-Nov. 17, 1942 Superior and Ashland. Guarding ore docks. Two companies alternated every 2 weeks.
Sept. 19, 1942 Co. L, 2nd Inf. Regiment. Protection of life and property in flood at Spring Valley.
Dec. 17-31, 1942 Sturgeon Bay. 10 enlisted men guarded bridge.
June 18-19, 1944 Co. H, 2nd Infantry Regiment, stationed in Stevens Point, for protection of life and property after severe wind storm at Stevens Point.
June 22-24, 1944 Cos. E (Platteville), F (Monroe) and G (Madison), 3rd Infantry Regiment, protected life and property after severe wind storm at Belmont and other communities of Lafayette County.
In 1946 with the reactivation of the Wisconsin National Guard, the Wisconsin State Guard was disbanded.
Object ID p2005.24.31
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects World War II
Homefront
War rallies
Main Street
Parades & processions
Crowds
Group Photographs
Soldiers
Wisconsin State Guard
Title 4th of July Parade 1942
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