Ohio History Journal

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Reviews, Notes and Comments

Reviews, Notes and Comments.            469







Colonel Galbraith enjoys the distinction of having been both

sailor and soldier in the course of his career. He was born at

Watertown, Massachusetts, May 6, 1874, and later attended

grammar school in Springfield, that state. He was graduated

from a nautical training school at Boston in 1893 and served in

various positions aboard American sailing ships after his grad-

uation. In 1908 he went to Cincinnati where he became treas-

urer of the Western Paper Goods Company. A fellow soldier

who has intimately known the Colonel for years has furnished

the following sketch of his military service:

Colonel F. W. Galbraith's connection with things military

began in 1916 when he became identified with the First Ohio

National Guard at Cincinnati in the capacity of Major. His first

big task was to gain for the regiment the support and co-opera-

tion of the leading interests of Cincinnati and the other cities

where units of the regiment were located.

In the spring of 1917 he became Colonel and immediately un-

dertook an intense recruiting campaign to bring the unit of the

regiment up to full strength. The declaration of war increased the

seriousness of the responsibility but did not materially increase

voluntary enlisting. However, on being called into Federal serv-

ice on July 15, 1917, the Colonel's regiment, the First Ohio In-

fantry, was in excellent shape as to personnel and spirit. For

two and one-half months the training of the regiment was carried

on according to a program laid out by the Colonel.

The regiment was ordered to Camp Sheridan and was as-

sembled in the camp quarters on October 13, 1917. Here the

first real trials began, for two weeks after arrival the Colonel

found that the regiment he had worked so hard to build up had

been transferred from his command and officers and men were

divided between the 147th Infantry, 148th Infantry and the 136th

Machine Gun Battalion by the process of organizing the 37th

Division. But it did not take him long to show himself a capable

man. By hard work and leadership he soon found himself in

command of the 147th Infantry where the majority of his old

officers and men were. This unit was formerly the old Sixth

Ohio Infantry and had seen service on the border. The Colonel

is a man who believes in seeing the best, doing the best, and hav-