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|203rd Unit Crest (Left side - the right side would be facing the opposite direction)|
Now here is the crux that I can't figure out. It clearly states in the photo that it belongs to a Machine Gun Company, but all of the units in an artillery regiment are called "Batteries". I can't find any reference to a Machine Gun Company. Now there are two possible answer to this. First is that several of the Batteries that made up the 2nd Artillery, carried the lineage of Machine Gun Companies from the 128th, 129th, and the 130th Machine Gun Battalions. Or, secondly, and I think this is the right answer, that there was a separate Machine Gun Company created on July 7, 1920, under Captain James A. Frow in Nevada, Missouri. It was this company that was to become the nucleus for the whole artillery regiment. I also believe that this might explain why the markings on the vehicle does not say Machine Gun Battalion on it, which could support that this truck might be for one of the batteries that came from the 128th, 129th, or 130th MG Battalions.
|The six police officers killed at the Young Brothers Massacre|
After reading a bit more on the Young Brothers Massacre again, it got me thinking about the Indiana National Guard that was used to guard the Crown Point Jail in 1934 where John Dillinger escape with the use of a wooden gun. In some reports I have seen, it states that the National Guard had armored cars there. So I would also like to know what unit was there and what kind of armored cars that they had at the time.
|The National Guard scene from the 2009 movie, Public Enemies|