Mail Tribune 100

April 10, 1917


Telegraphic ordered were received from Portland Tuesday noon by Sergeant J. E. Brooks in charge of the U. S. marine corps recruiting station at Medford, to speed up recruiting for that corps.

"Speed up recruiting to the utmost," read the telegram from Capt. L. P. Pinkton, in charge of the Oregon recruiting for the marines, "to impress all men for the urgent immediate need for thousands of men to reinforce the marines at the front. We must have 4,000 men at once. Accept minors over 17 with parents consent."


Fifteen minutes of a medley of patriotism, hello's and good-byes, tears and sadness, jollity and high school yells, intersperse with the presentation of cakes, chickens, candys and other goods — and Medford Tuesday afternoon had royally welcomed and bade good-bye to her young men who recently enlisted in the United States army aviation corps, and who passed through Medford from Vancouver barracks to the aviation training station at San Diego, Cal.

From fifteen hundred to two thousand, including the high school students and pupils from the other schools, crowded around the Pullman car to greet the youthful future aviators, as the high school band played patriotic airs. The crowd was so densely packed between the depot building and the train that it was almost impossible for one to move.

The aviators leaned out of the car windows and exchanged greetings with friends and relatives in the crowd, and reached down and shook hands with those who crowded up against the car. Several of the boys jumped out of the car windows and tried to mix with the assemblage, but quickly gave it up.

Mothers, sweet-hearts and relatives, with tears in their eyes, found it impossible to get close to their loved ones for personal conversation. In fact, many had to pass their packages of lunch, goodies and candy over the heads of the crowd to the car.

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