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Chapter 14. The End


The 302nd ENGINEERS

by,
Gilbert H. Crawford
Thomas H. Ellett
John J. Hyland


CHAPTER XIV.

THE END

ONCE in America the dissolution of the Regiment was very rapid. Proceeding from Hoboken, the Regiment traveled to Camp Mills, Long Island, there to await the parade of the 77th Division.

This parade was held on the 6th of May in New York City. The men marched in quadruple columns of four at a brisk pace up Fifth Avenue from Washington Square to the northern boundary of Central Park amidst the cheers of friends and relatives who rejoiced to have them home safely once more.

After the parade, the Regiment was split up, the major portion going to Camp Upton for demobilization. Camp Upton looked very dismal in comparison to its old aspect of cheerfulness. One could see that its work was done. It had harbored the 77th Division in its infancy, and apparently only existed until the Division was demobilized.

On Saturday, the 12th of May, the men were paid off. After last handshakings, they boarded the trains for New York. The Regiment formally ceased to be at 6:00 P. M. the same date.

Thus ended the active history of one of the finest regiments that it was ever a man's privilege to serve in. It passed out of existence as quietly as it had been formed. Its labor before and after its period of combat was great. Its actions in combat speak for themselves.
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