Genealogytrails Harrison County, Missouri
 Mexican Border War

The Border War or the Border Campaign, refers to the military engagements which took place in the Mexico-United States border region of North America during the Mexican Revolution. The Bandit War inTexas was part of the Border War.  From the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, the United States Army was stationed in force along the border and on several occasions fought with Mexican rebels or federals. The height of the conflict came in 1916 when revolutionary Pancho Villa attacked the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico.   In response the United States Army, under the direction of General John J. Pershing, launched an expedition into Northern Mexico, to find and capture Villa.  Though the operation was successful in finding and engaging the Villista rebels, the revolutionary himself escapted and the American army returned to the United States in January 1917.  Conflict was not only subject to Villistas and Americans,, Maderistas, Coarrancistas, Constitutionalistas and Germans also engaged in battle with American forces during this period.
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Organization of Company G, Fourth Regiment, M.N.C.

A meeting was held in Bethany, on Thursday, January 29, 1914, both afternoon and night in the K.P. Castle Hall for the purpose of examing recruits for a militia company, to be organized in our city.  About eighty had signed the muster roll and a company was assured.

Major D.W. Stepp and Lieutenant Belshe of Trenton, where here at this meeting and the organization of Company G, Missouri National Guard, was perfected with a membership of more than sixty.  The following officers were elected at this time: Captain: Randall Wilson; First Lieutenant, F.M. Frisby; Second Lieutenant, W.P. Bryant

Muster Roll:

Russell Ballard Leslie Porter
W.J. Diers Henry Webb
Herbert Sutton Jackson Walker
A.A. Axline James Hampton
Paul Flint William Hampton
Hoyt Tilley Joe Neal
Ross Barry Lemmie Devers
George Bryant Ben Crouch
Edwin Wightman James Hogan
Joe Dale Floyd James
R.L. Buis Oka Miller
Bud Wilkinson John Walker
W.A. Broyles Virgil Nelson
Joe Burris Charles Wiatt
James Howery Hughbert Cushman
Russell Gale O.C. Street
Balaam Miles H.L. Collins
John Harbour D.F. Salmon
Clyde Sweeten Elmer Michael
Charles Cross Willie James
L.C. Taylor Roy McCollum
Wren Smith Harvey Vandiver
Byron Meek Karl Roleke
Cleo Burris

Tuesday, March 9, 1915, Company G held an election at their armory for the purpose of electing a first lieutenant, the vacancy being caused by the resignaton of Lieutenant F.M. Frisby.  Lieutenant W.P. Bryant was nominated as as no other nominations were announced was elected first lieutenant, unanimously.  Lieutenant Bryant made good as second lieutenant, and was well deserving of his new office.  The office of first lieutenant being filled the second lieutenant's office was open and Sergeant Axline, Sergeant Kavanaugh, Corporal Crouch were nominated.  Sergeant Axline being elected by a vote of twenty two of the members of Company G.  The Bethany papers in speaking of the promotion of Axline said:  "There was not a better qualified or more deserving member of the company than Sergeant Axline for second lieutenant."

There were several non-commissioned offices vacant at this time were appointed in the near future best men of company.  Then followed a period of weekly drills and a state encampment and on June 8, 1916, Captain Wilson received official communication that men would receive $1.00 per drill and same to go into effect July.

In June, 1916, Company G was called to the colors by order of the President and sent to the Mexican Border to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the United States from outrages that were being committed by Mexican Outlaws.

Company G, National Guard of Missouri, with headquarters in Bethany were ready to move to their point of mobilization, Nevada, Missouri, and all members of the company who were willing to take the oath of loyalty to the United States, were under arms to be sent to the Mexican border.  At this time there was no law to compel any member of the National Guard to take the oath and leave his state to engage in warfare.

A banquet and entertainment was given to Company G Tuesday, June 20, 1916, under the auspices of Bethany Commercial Club.  There were fathers, mothers, wives, brothers, sisters and sweethearts at the entertainment which followed the banquet, and while the occasion was a sad one, all were of the opinion that "our boys" were going forth in defense of the grand old Flag- the Flag of flags.

C.J. Carter acted as master of ceremonies and the following program was carried out:

Company G marched from the dining room to auditorium of hall while the Bethany Orchestra played the Star Spangle Banner.
Address by Mayor Roleke.  His remarks were well received by all.  He read the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

        "Whereas- Company G, National Guard of Missouri, has been called protect and defend the flag of our country, because of differences arising between our neighbor republic, Mexico and ourselves; be it-

       "Resolved- We the citizens of Bethany and Harrison County, State of Missouri, most heartily endorse the patriotism and readiness shown by Company G, National Guard of Missouri, to protect the flag, which stands for Freedom, Home and Country.  Be it further

       "Resolved- While we regret the unfortunate circumstances necessitating this call to arms, which takes form our midst the youth and bloom of our manhood.  Having true confidence in the ability, bravery and patriotism, we humbly bow and bid them God-speed."

Remarks by F.M. Frisby
"America," by the audience
Remarks by Dr. J. Walker
Remarks by Dr. A.H. Vandivert
Entertainment  by Bethany Minstrels
Remarks by Captain Randall Wilson
Remarks by Lieutenant W.P. Bryant
"Star Spangled Banner," by audience
Company G left Bethany for Nevada June 23.   Harry Webb remained here as a recruiting officer until June 27, when he went to Nevada with eight new recruits. The following ws the roster of Company G who went to Nevada.  Several did not sign up for service out of the state and returned home before the rest of the company went on to the border.


 Randall Wilson
First Lieutenant:
William P. Bryant
Second Lieutenant:
Arthur Axline
First Sergeant:
Leslie R. Porter
Quarter Master Sergeant:
Herman Kavanaugh
Roy L. Buis,
James Hampton,
Ben G. Crouch
William J. Diers,
George C. Bryant,
Harley L. Collins,
Watkins A. Broyles,
Russell J. Ballard,
Herbert Wilkerson
James Taylor,
Lemmie Devers
Edwin Wightman,
William H. Hampton
Oaka G. Miller


Earl W. Brough Harvey Vandiver
Ross Barry John W. Walker
Cleo Burris Charles R.Wiatt
Bayard Burgin Alva Wilkinson
Charlie Cross James Hogan
Joseph Dale Orval Fruit
Ash Easton William Stadlea
Russell K. Gale Ernest King
John Harbor Glean Yeater
Floyd James Fred Higgins
Byron Meeks Joseph Burris
Balaam Miles John H. Casebolt
Michael McCollum Hughbert Cushman
James Mitchell Lester K. Estep
Arthur Riley Paul Flint
Delbert Salmon James Howery
Wren Smith Lloyd Hardy
Floyd Stevenson William K. James
Clyde Stevenson Elmer Michaels
Argil Tilley Lee G. Morris
Omer Tobias Roy McCollum
Virgil Nelson Carlisle C. Wilson
Karl Roleke James R. Taylor
Harry Smith Fritz Chipp
Oscar C. Street John Maize
Herbert Sutton Laten Oliver
Lester C. Taylor Harley Henry
Hoyt G. Tilley Ted Opdyke
Oliver Tchudin Perry Myers
Jack E. Walker John Franklin
Harry Webb N.M. Strait

At Christmas time at their camp in Laredo, Texas, Company G boys enjoyed a splendid Christmas day were served the following menu:

Ham and Eggs

Oyster Cocktail
Cole Slaw
Roast Young Turkey
Cranberry Sauce
Oyster Dressing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Parker House Rolls
Sliced Tomatoes
Ice Cream
Mince Pie
Turkey Pot Pie
Creamed Sweet Corn
French Fried Potatoes
Pumpkin Pie

At this time Captain Wilson, commanding Company G, had under his command the following officers and men:

First Lieutenant:  William P. Bryant

Second Lieutenant: Arthur A. Axline

First Sergeant: Leslie Porter

Mess Sergeant: Carlisle R. Wilson

Supply Sergeant: Herman L. Kavanaugh


Ray L. Buis Russell J. Ballard
James M. Hampton Watkins A. Broyles
Ben G. Crouch Harley L. Collins


William J. Diers Robert H. Cowan
George W.Bryant Omar M. Tobias
Herbert Wilkinson Paul Flint
Jack E. Walker Hoyt G. Tilley


Lemmis Devers Ora G. Moore


Edwin S. Wightman


Charles Cross


Burgin, Bayart T. Dale, Joseph D.
Burris, Joseph Darby, Alva
Dillon, Oscar N. Duncan, Frank
Hardy, Lloyd E. Easton, Ashmond L.
Higgins, Fred Estep, James K.
Hollar, Everett R. Franklin, John H.
James, William K. Fruit, Orval
Miles, Balaam B. Henry, Harley
McCollum, Michael Hogan, James G.
Smith, Wren Hunt, Herman R.
Taylor, Leslie C. King, Ben
Walker, John H. Maize, John
Webb, William H. Manor, John D.
Wilkinson, Alva Marcum, Preston N.
Chipp, Fritz H. Marsh, Willie D.
Meek, Byron Standlea, William M.
Michael, Elmer A. Stevenson, Floyd E.
Mitchell, James H. Strait, Noel
Myers, Perry Steuart, Pearson D.
Nelson, James V. Sutton, Herbert D.
Oliver, Laben C. Tobias, John B.
Opdyke, Ted VanHoozer, Carl V.
Rupe, Andrew P. Wiatt, Charley W.
Scott, Robert D. Yeater, Glen
A number of "G" boys signed up for service out of the state for the duration of their original enlistment only, and as their time expired they returned home and took up their various walks in life, some in stores, in banks, in offices, others back to their work in school.  But in March, 1917,all the boys were home from border service.  At this time another great banquest was given by the Commerical Club and many had the opportunity to hear Captain Wilson's interesting speech wherein he gave a brief synopsis of what his company had done.  Captain Wilson saying "Not a better company on border."

Source:  History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo. W. Wanamaker, 1921

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