On July 15, 1917, 24,000 members of the New York National Guard began reporting for duty in what was then known as the World War. On July 12, President Woodrow Wilson had ordered all 112,000 National Guard Soldiers across the country to report for duty as part of the National Army which was being built to fight the Germans in France. President Wilson's order specified that National Guard Soldiers begin reporting to their local armories for during between July 12 and July 25. More than 400,000 New Yorkers served in the military during World War I, more than any other state. For information on obtaining historical military information of the State of New York, visit the New York State Military Museum website.
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