Bates County Museum Minute: Missouri National Guard – Company B 2nd Infantry Regiment; The Hound Dawgs: “Don’t Kick Our Dog”

On October 8, 1888 The Butler Rifles home guard is organized.  This would later become Company B of the state national guard. 

Ten years later, the Spanish-American War was declared after Spain was unable to peacefully end insurrection in Cuba.  The explosion of the battleship Maine added to the tension and American citizens wanted action.  The war lasted only 113 days and ended with the Treaty of Paris which gave the United States ownership of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam.  The US took control of Cuba and ultimately granted their independence.

Company B was commanded by Vernon L. Johnson of Bates County when it was mustered into service during the Spanish-American War in May 1898. 

During World War I, Company B was commanded by Captain Harvey C. Clark, of Butler.

They were called ‘Hound Dawgs’ due to their habit of marching to the “Houn’ Dawg Song,” a folk song from the Ozarks and their mascot dog.

Today, the 203rd Engineer Battalion of the Missouri Army National Guard carries on the tradition.  “Don’t Kick Our Dog”

Courtesy of Mid America Live