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February 19, 2017

1500 Camp Cody Troops Start Back to Minnesota

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:21 am

About 1,500 former Minnesota soldiers left today for their homes in the north. As fast as transportation can be provided troops are being moved. The personnel, Captain W. B. Hankla, commanding, is working a tremendous force day and night, preparing “clearance” cards as the boys call them.

The base hospital and remount depot are the only ones not “excited.” The quartermaster corps is preparing to close out. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918

February 13, 2017

Col. Cullen Praises High Spirit at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 7:45 pm

Col. Dorsey Cullen, commander of the banqueting soldiers, spoke in eloquent term of the esprit de corps of those in his command and gave the men an excellent “bill of character.”

“Your record is on file in Washington,” said the colonel, “and when it is marked ‘excellent’ it is a good entrance into any position in civil life. In fact, I have been told by several large corporation that army soldier in my command who presented such a record, was sure of getting employment.”

Lieut. Dickinson, military police commander, presided as master of ceremonies.

“Stunts” and entertainment by Teal’s “U. S. Border Girls” lasted until nearly midnight. There was a fast boxing match and a good wrestling card. Music was furnished by the Red Cross orchestra and a jazz piano player from the base hospital. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918

February 4, 2017

General Lindsay Has Everyone at Camp Cody Assigned

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:38 pm

“I have insisted that every man be assigned to some unit, so as to have the honor of regular service, and not have to say, “I was unassigned.”

I hope you will all be boosters for the army and as universal training is sure to come soon you should be able to explain its benefits in your community. You all should be better American citizens because you have served under the colors.

“The army is composed of every nationality and it is certain that universal training will inspire a loftier citizenship and higher patriotism.” General Lindsay was given an ovation. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918

January 21, 2017

General Lindsay Gives Parting Advice to Camp Cody Soldiers

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:08 pm

Urges Men Not to Forget Salute and to Boost For Universal Training

“Don’t forget the salute, boys, when you meet an officer in uniform, even though you are in civilian clothes. It is a polite and nice way of saying ‘good morning,’” said General James R. Lindsay to Camp Cody soldiers who were enjoying a farewell demonstration.

The 322d headquarters train and military police and provost guard company, under command of Col. Dorsey Cullen, gave a farewell banquet and entertainment at K. of C. hall, the commanding general and Mrs. Lindsay being guest of honor.

The general told the boys not to forget the army “salute.”

“It is usually the case that three years a soldier, always a soldier,” said the general, “but most of you boys have been in the army only a few months and are now glad to get back into civilian life.

“I am sorry we couldn’t go across, but you are all entitled to the same measure of credit as though you had gone overseas. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918

January 14, 2017

General Blocksom Not informed Who His Successor Is

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:53 pm

Brigadier General Augustus Pl Blocksom, commander of Camp Cody, who has received telegraphic notification of his return to regular army as commander of the department of Hawaii, does not know when he is to leave nor will he until the actual printed order reaches him, which probably will be today. He has had no inkling of who his successor as camp commander will be, he said when interviewed.

Though General Blocksom may be ignorant on this point, there are hundreds of privates and non-commissioned officers in the camp who can enlighten him. In different parts of the camp the boys are playing different favorites. The most persistent report is that Major General Leonard Wood is coming, one sergeant major even went so far as to call up division headquarters and ask for confirmation of the report that General Wood had arrived in camp all set and ready for business.

But there are others: Take, for instance the report that General Tasker H. Bliss is coming. Of course he is only a full general and several divisions would be his command under ordinary conditions, but he is coming, according to rumor. Then there is General Hugh L. Scott, and several others. It seems to be a case of the wish being father of the thought.

There are countless rumors in the Sixty-fifth infantry brigade as to who the successor of General Resche is to be. This also is unknown at the present time. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, April 24, 1918

January 7, 2017

Gene Harris’s Captain’s Commission reaches Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:51 pm

Eugene L. Harris, former El Paso lawyer and legislature representative, has written his mother, Mrs. W. J. Harris, 2320 Montana street, that he has received his captain’s commission at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, where he is assisting in training troops in the national army. Captain Harris was a graduate of the first officers’ school at Leon Springs, Texas last year. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, June 3, 1918

December 24, 2016

Dinner In Compliment to New Camp Cody Chief

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:56 pm

In compliment to Brigadier General John A. Johnston, General and Mrs. R. L. Howze entertained with a dinner party at Harvey’s Friday night. The personnel included Lieutenant and Mrs. James F. Hodgson, Lieutenant C. D. Ryan, Major W. G. Muller and Miss Harriet Howze. After dinner, the party attended a local theater.

General Johnston is the new commander for Camp Cody and was in El Paso en route to his new station. He is an old time friend of General Howze, the district commander of the El Paso patrol district. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, June 1, 1918

December 17, 2016

General Blocksom Leaves Camp Cody Friends

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:49 pm

“Sandstorm” Division Regrets His Going; Officers Bid Him Goodbye.

Brigadier General A. P. Blocksom, who has been in command of the 34th division here continuously since the forces here began to congregate, except something over two months when he was overseas, left Tuesday night for San Francisco, there to take boat for Honolulu, where he will take command of Hawaiian department of regular army. His departure brought unanimous expressions of regret from both officers and men, as he was personally popular with all. His democratic and always frank manner made the entire personnel of the division his personal friends.

Officers Bid Him Goodbye.

On Tuesday at noon the officers in camp who could possible get away from duty called at division headquarters and paid their respects to the departing commander. A little later the division staff officers gave him a farewell luncheon in the division officers mess hall near headquarters. The luncheon was served by the Harvey house of Deming. The luncheon was purely informal, with no speech making, but genuine feeling of mutual friendship and regret pervaded the little affair, which meant to many a parting which the fortunes of war mean forever.

Gives Farewell Order.

Before leaving General Blocksom issued general orders No. 45, which speak his feelings of deep regret at leaving and appreciation of his officers and men. The orders follow:

“On changing station, the division commander desires to express appreciation of loyal cooperation by officers and men of Camp Cody in hard but profitable work done during many months past.”

“He is confident that if fate permits, the “Sandstorm” division will do its full duty and fight with skill, valor and persistence on many foreign fields.”

Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander 59th field artillery brigade here, as nest in rank, assumes command of the division until the arrival of the new commander, Major General J. A. Johnston, from Camp Travis, Texas. General Mauldin commanded here while General Blocksom was abroad. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 8, 1918

December 10, 2016

General Blocksom Goes to Hawaii From Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:17 pm

General Mauldin, Next to Rank at Cody; Washington Hasn’t Named Chief

Major General A. P. Blocksom, commander of the 34th division here, received a wire from Washington Friday afternoon informing him that he was to go to Honolulu and take command of the troops in the Hawaiian islands as a brigadier general in the regular army. The general stated that he could not say exactly when he would depart for his new post.

No information was given out as the who will succeed General Blocksom here, but Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander of the 59th field artillery brigade here, is the next in rank.

It was said at division headquarters on Friday that no orders had been issued from the war department as to General Mauldin’s being transferred to the coast artillery with his regular army rank of colonel and that the report published recently in the Army and Navy Journal to that effect had been denied.

Brigadier General H. A. Allen, commander of the 67th infantry brigade, is the only other general now in this division. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday April 21, 1918

Blocksom Will Succeed General Wisser, Who Retires

Brigadier General John P. Wisser, United States military commander in Hawaii, has been retired from active service and will return to his home at Berkeley, California, it was announced here today. He is to be succeeded by Brigadier General August Blocksom, now stationed at Camp Cody, New Mexico, according to official orders. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday April 21, 1918

December 5, 2016

Camp Cody Gas School is An Interesting Place To Visit

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:47 am

Cody Soldiers Get Practically Same Experience Found in Battles.

The chemical warfare service of Camp Cody is one of very great importance and interest. It is the only school of instruction that deals with defensive warfare alone. Those who attend learn self protection alone, and it is obligatory upon at least one officer and two noncoms, usually three or four in every company or small unit, to become familiar with the chemical warfare service. Careful notes are taken at all scientific lectures and blackboard instruction by the officers of the careful use of the gas mask, the discovery of the presence of harmful gases, day and night, alarms to be given and methods of self protection to be employed.

There are two gas chambers that all overseas soldiers must pass through, whether they take the full instruction or not. There are two kinds of gas, chlorine and lachrymal or tear gas, one may be classified as asphyxiating and the other as tear producing, although a dozen different gases may be employed for either. The chloride of tin, or smoke gas, is not a pleasant thing to encounter, even in the open.

Go Gassing at Night.

From time to time the instructors take their classes on night marches of several miles, gassing them with bombs and every conceivable method,  much the same as they might encounter on the western front. The first man to detect gas gives the alarm and all hands don masks in double quick time.

When in the vicinity of the trenches light bombs or sky rockets are exploded to guide those receiving the instruction. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, October 25, 1918

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