National Guard

The National Guard performs drills in Fairview.

The first National Guard Co., in the history of Fairview was activated Sept. 1, 1954.  Twelve men were sworn into Co. G, 163 Infantry ACR by Capt. Joe Kojancik, commanding officer.  Along with these men signing up, 10 other men had signed up for enlistment but papers had not been completed and some physical examinations had not been taken. Also eight men were also permitted to transfer from Co. A at Sidney to the new Fairview Unit.

 Brig. General S. H. Mitchell, adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, sent out a press report stating Co. B had been withdrawn from Poplar because support was lacking and had been redesigned and reorganized at Fairview. Co. B was one of the oldest units in the state.

Co. B, Fairview continued to seek further enlistments and work toward one of the most active guard companies in Montana.  Co. B rented the Johnson building on fourth street, formerly occupied by the Kaiser Motor Co. service station and used that place as drill headquarters and for the storage of armored equipment. The new company met on Wednesday night of each week from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Included among the 20 enlisted personnel at the first meeting Wednesday night were new members, Milton Olson, Inge Jacobson, Jacob Cayko, Earl Reidle, James Berry, Louise Baxter, Donald Morrill, Gerald Morrill, Alvin Filler, Gerald Voss, Delbert Miller, John Yadon. Men transferring from the Sidney guard were Leon Brodhead, Dennis Sundheim, Floyd Sullivan, Ted Sullivan, Duane Lee, Ernest Volness, Larry Lewis and Archie Hennon.

On March 20, 1955, the National Guard Co. B. held it first outside drill. The local unit began intensified training for the summer camp which was held near Ft. Harrison, Helena. In May, the local Armored Calvary unit continued its training outdoors on the rifle range north of Fairview and practiced in handling motorized equipment in the nearby hills. They left June 11 for two full weeks of training at Ft. Harrison with field equipment, a convoy jeeps and a three quarter ton truck.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Information compiled from the Fairview News.

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