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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., With company E, 101st Infantry, in the world war. (search)
company out on the banks of the river for exercises. On July 25, 1917, the company was mustered into Federal service with an elaborate ceremony. About a week later, after a farewell speech by His Honor Mayor Haines, the company left in open cars for Camp Darling, Framingham, Mass. We pitched our tents that same night at Camp Darling. About August 21, 1917, we were joined with Company E of the Ninth Regiment, which amalgamation made us E Company, 101st Infantry, 26th Division; General Clarence Edwards commanding the division. On that day there was an electrical storm. After we went into our tents there was a terrible flash of lightning. Every man in the company was thrown off his feet into a huddled heap. The lightning had struck the tent poles and was grounded through our rifles, which were leaning against the tripods, causing a circuit which passed through our bodies. One man on the next company street, I am told, received a burn from that flash which left the mark of a