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Keeping time with the Yankee Division

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Story by SFC Laura Berry on 02/04/2019

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard gathered for a rededication of the Maj. Gen. Edwards Clock outside the Massachusetts National Guard Adjutant General's office at Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), Dec. 1, 2018.

The almost century-old clock, manufactured by the Waltham Watch Company in Waltham, Mass., was presented to Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Edwards, at the National Headquarters of the Yankee Division Veterans Association (YDVA) in Boston in 1922 by the Yankee Division Veterans Assoc. as a token of esteem to the wartime commander of the 26th "Yankee" Division.

Maj. Gen. Clarence Ransom Edwards was the commander of the 26th Yankee Division during World War I. After war was declared on Germany in April 1917, Edwards was tasked to organize defenses. He traveled to Boston and gathered National Guard troops from the New England area. These troops became members of the 26th YD and with Edwards as their commander they fought in France against German forces at Bois Brule, Seicheprey, Chemin des Dames, St. Mihiel, and the Argonne Forest.

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