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While the first U.S. troops had reached France, the mission of Sheboygan's Company C was recruiting its ranks to its wartime strength. Recruiting officer Lt. William Jensen urged in the June 8, 1917 issue of the SHEBOYGAN PRESS to those who were about to be drafted, "Do not wait until Uncle Sam takes you by the shoulder and says 'Young man, I am going to take you for your country needs you,' when you have the opportunity of enlisting in an organization which has made a name for itself not only in the state, but throughout the United States."