Troop K, 114th Cavalry Regiment
1927-1940
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    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
    William R. Carpenter
    Edgar E. Conley
    Sterling O. Carpenter
    Herbert Lee
    Leo C. Dobbs
    Robert M. Potts
    Wendell O. Phillips
    Joel M. Cutting
    Howard Bouslaugh
    Oliver M. Tawney
    Paul H. Craig
    llen A. Montgomery
    Emery Bingham
    Raymond F. Clark
    John Beeghly
    Frank N. Johnson
    Fred O. Garrett
    David P. Lugwig
    Charles P. Vickers
    William P. Perry
    Walter L. Six
    Deward M. Johnson
    Milton L. Price
    Christy L. Schroeder
    Harry L. Mount
    Leonard J. Oyster
    Bernard D. Ellis
    Murl D. Billam
    Thomas C. Reed
    Ernest C. Reiter
    Kenneth F. Meek

    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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