California Militia and National
Guard Unit Histories
Coalinga Home Guard
(45th Company, California Home
The following article was copied from
the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News
Captain, E. J. MCCROSKEY
First Lieutenant, GOLDMAN
Second Lieutenant, SWANSEA
Coalinga Home Guard Co. No. 45 has now been organized some months
and has good attendance at the weekly drill held on Friday evening.
Officers' school is held on Wednesday evening at the Armory and
is also well attended.
Captain E. J. McCroskey is a Spanish War veteran, Philippine
service, is a competent officer and popular with his officers
Most of the drilling works falls to First Lieutenant Goldman,
who has had recent experience with the National Guard and understands
the drill well. Second Lieutenant Swansea, who has seen service
with the Canadian troops, also assists with the drill work.
An armory and good drill ground have been provided, but the company
is as yet without uniforms and guns. Inasmuch as the law is a
Federal law and specifically states that the States will not
furnish arms and uniforms, it seems to our people that equipment
must either be furnished by the National Government or else purchased
by the members of the Home Guard companies.
We hope that more light may be thrown
on the method of procuring equipment. While the interest in this
movement is keen at the present time, yet we realize that the
men must be armed and equipped, if interest is to be maintained.