The day approached for the Oneonta area to send their men off to war. On Monday, May 2, 86 men departed by train at 4 a.m. to Albany, and then to Hempstead to go into training with thousands of other men. The Oneonta Club, then found at 51 Dietz St., had hosted a festive evening send-off for the men on Saturday night. The men spent Sunday saying goodbye to family and friends, and a fire bell summoned them to the state armory at 2:15 a.m. Monday.
According to “In Old Oneonta,” by Edwin Moore, only four of those men didn’t return home, dying of disease while either en route or in Hawaii.
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