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Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker
Inscription.
Organized as a local militia, the Paddock Guards were named in honor of Nebraska Senator Algernon S. Paddock. Established June 9, 1875 to protect Beatrice from outlaws and bandits, the Guard furnished their own equipment; city residents furnished the required ammunition.

In 1879, the Paddock Guards were mustered to the newly organized State Militia as Company C of the First Nebraska Regiment. Personnel of Company C served overseas in the Spanish-American War, in World War I and World War II. They still stand ready to provide assistance during emergencies and disasters and are trained and ready for any call to serve state or nation.

Mobilized in 1940, the Nebraska National Guard was trained and ready when the U.S. entered World War II.

July 1944 found the 1st Battalion of the 134th Infantry on the front line in France and Company C in a fierce battle near St. Lo. In all, 10 men from Beatrice were to die in the four day battle; 20 were wounded in this opening encounter in Europe. In total, the Company suffered 60 percent casualties. Later, Company C led the way across the swiftly flowing Blies River into Germany to capture Habkirchen. They were awarded many Battle Honors including three Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism.

"We fought yard by yard through hedgerows that sometimes
Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker
were not more than 20 yards apart and behind every one of them was a line of fanatical Germans. It was a rough go."
Capt. Lorin McCown
 
Location. 40° 15.283′ N, 96° 44.823′ W. Marker is in Beatrice, Nebraska, in Gage County. Click for map. Marker is along the walking path in Beatrice Veterans Memorial Park, at South 6th Street (US Hwy 77) and Veterans Memorial Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 South 6th Street, Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Containing Communism - The Berlin and Cuban Crises and Vietnam (here, next to this marker); Freedom Fighters (a few steps from this marker); Beatrice's Own - Civil War and the Spanish-American War (a few steps from this marker); World War I (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); War Efforts at Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting Communism - Korea and the Cold War (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Beatrice.
 
Also see . . .  Citizen Soldiers in Nebraska History. (Submitted on October 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World IWar, World II
 
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By Unknown, 1874
3. Photo on Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker
[Caption reads] Paddock Guards in formation at 3rd and Court. Courtesy of Nebraska State Historical Society
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By Unknown, circa 1880s
4. Photo on Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker
[Caption reads] Captain L. W. Colby, organizer of the Paddock Guards. Courtesy of Nebraska State Historical Society
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By Unknown, 1907
5. Photo on Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker
[Caption reads] Company C in front of the Burlington Depot in 1907. Courtesy of Gage County Historical Society
Photo on Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1944/45
6. Photo on Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard Marker
[Caption reads] Seven members of Company C 1st Battalion in France. Courtesy of Ruby Genrich
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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