Troop K, 114th Cavalry Regiment  -  1927-1940
Researched and written
by Jim Bousman

    When Kansas was Indian Territory, the U.S. Army was tasked with the responsibility of
    maintaining order and enforcing the laws of the land. Shortly after becoming Kansas
    Territory in 1854, a state militia was formed. Th is state militia was the forerunner of the
    Kansas National Guard.

    Before WW 1, Miami County was home to Company D, 1st Kansas Infantry, Kansas National
    Guard. This unit was called to active duty in the Spring of 1916 after Pancho Villa’s raid on
    Columbus, New Mexico. They served along the Rio Grande River in Texas before returning
    to Kansas in the Fall of 1916. On August 5, 1917, Company D answered the call for duty
    during WW 1 as Company D, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division. Th e 137th was
    demobilized and discharged at Camp Funston, Fort Riley Kansas in May 1919.

    During WW 1, Paola was home to Company C, 6th Battalion, Kansas State Guard. This
    Company was made up of local men who drilled and trained to safe guard the community
    while Company D was in France. Company C was mustered out of service on March 17,
    1919.

    Between March 1919 and April 1927, there was no military presence in Miami County. The
    reason for this absence is a story unto itself. Suffice it to say the zeitgeist precluded the
    establishment of a strong military, which included the National Guard.

    Within the powers of the National Defense Act of 1920, the first troops of the 114th Cavalry
    Regiment were recruited during 1921 and 1922. It was not until 1927 that Paola was
    selected as a location for a new troop of cavalry. On or about March 9, 1927, Frank L.
    Tomlinson, Walter Ringer, and John B. Carpenter travel to Topeka to confer with the
    Adjutant General, Kansas National Guard and plan for establishing a headquarters cavalry
    troop in Paola. The troop would be made up of a staff platoon and a communications
    platoon. The staff platoon consisted of a staff and messenger section, intelligence section,
    plans and training section, and a pioneer and demolitions section. The communications
    section included a message center, radio and panel section, and a wire section. Frank
    Tomlinson was appointed recruiting officer to fill an authorized complement of 60 men.

    By the end of April 1927, 62 Miami County men has been recruited for the troop:

    Frank L Tomlison
    W. W. Ringer
    Charles W. Clark
    Karl M. Krumsick
    Bernard F. Clark
    Kenneth R. Ross
    John M. Farrell
    Hugh S. Thornhill
    Raynond E. Boice
    Robert L. Sellers
    Carroll L. Mouck
    Elvin L. Keith
    Fern P. Doty
    Gerald R. Vale
    George M. Krumsick
    Noble M. Light
    George F. Fordyce
    William C. Diehl
    Chilton L. Cully
    Robert M. Sands
    Ralph L. Evans
    Wesley McNelley
    Charles E. Buchaman
    Kenneth L. Russell
    John E. White
    Richard C. Hamm
    Merlin E. Toman
    Wilbur D. Carpenter
    Gerald F. Koehler
    Dean Huff
    Bert W. Roberts


    During the years, many men served in Troop K. During the Depression years, enrollment in
    Troop K provided additional income for many families. As of this writing there are only four
    or five survivors: Clifford Oscar Durland, James (Jim) Wills, Jack Kaiser of Lawrence, Bill
    Roberts of Pleasanton and possibly John Lighter.

    The armory for Troop K was located on W. Wea street, north of the present Senior Center.
    Th e barn and stables for the 20-25 horses assigned to the troop is the white building
    located on the east side of N. Iron street just before the railroad tracks on the property now
    owned by Kahn Culvert, Inc.

    Troop K drilled Monday nights and went to Fort Riley for two weeks’ training until 1940.
    Pursuant to General Order No. 16, issued by the Adjutant General, State of Kansas, on
    September 30, 1940, Troop K, 114th Cavalry became Battery F, 127th Field Artillery (155
    mm Howitzers), at the same station.
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