Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, June 10, 2016

Images of California at War, 1917–1918

Guarding the Golden Gate
Disappearing 12-inch Gun, Ft. Winfield Scott, Presidio

Blouse of 91st Wild West Division Veteran

117th Engineers, 42nd Rainbow Division in France
(The Regiment Included the 1st California Engineers)

40th Division Recruit Cutting Onions
During K.P. at Camp Kearney, CA

Flight Line, Naval Air Station, San Diego

1 January 1918

Future U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren
363rd Infantry, 91st Division

Sleeping Arrangements to Prevent Influenza
Yerba Buena Naval Station, San Francisco Bay

Market Street, San Francisco, at the Time of the Armistice

Found at the California Military History Facebook Page:  (Link)


  1. We were still using 'sneeze sheets' when I was in Army AIT in 1968.

  2. Nice Presidio image.

    One added thing we may consider here is that California's border with Mexico was patrolled throughout the entire war as part of the ongoing concern about the violence in Mexico that made up the Mexican Revolution. That had started at least as early as 1915 and would continue on at least as late as 1919. We don't think of that as part of World War One, of course, but if a person was in uniform in 1917 through 1918 that might not be quite as clear, and it was part of our overall military picture at the time.