2/12/18 Dad’s comments about radio: “I sent a message the other day by wireless. I was over in the other company. They have five outfits. I sent it to another station ten miles away. I don’t like army wireless but like the big instruments like on ships which can send a long ways.”
3/6/18 Camp Cody. “A Major General is here from Washington, DC. I wonder how he likes it here. We have a review for him in the morning. Hope the sand blows twice as hard just to see how he likes it. I have to take a guy to the hospital in a few minutes. No I won’t have to walk but will take a motor cycle with a side car. …. 30 minutes later : just got back form hospital. I don’t care much about driving at night because of the poor lighting. Just looking at the hospital makes me feel that I would rather die than go in one. ….Six of us took a trip to the mountains yesterday. We sure had a good time. Left here at 5:00 AM and after 14 miles got to the foot of them at 6:30. It took us 45 minutes to climb afoot to the top. Was sure steep in some places. Some times we had to use ropes to pull each other up the side. In other places we had a rope around our bodies for safety; then hung on with fingers and toes to get around a wall. We ate dinner at the top. We found an old mine shaft which was certainly deep. It took a rock 30 seconds to hit the bottom. The trip was worth more than all the hardships. Will have to have my shoes resoled from the cutting of the stones. There was even snow on top. … Recently the K of C hall nearly burned down. It is only about two blocks from here. We were just going to mess for breakfast when it was discovered. A few of us got a hose card but it did not have enough hose. Another outfit came with more. I was on the nozzle end of it doing my best and getting really wet. I looked like a drowned rat but we had the fire out before the Deming fire department got there. The fire didn’t do more than burn the roof off. . In the meantime a piece of glass fell and got a piece of my nose. I patched it back in place and it’s still there. All the men asked me who hit me and of course had to kid me about it.” So goes life in Camp Cody.
3/12/18 Dad wrote: “The YMCA is getting up a minstrel show which will have all solders in it. There will be 500 singers besides the rest of the actors. There sure are a bunch of singers in camp. I think the show will start this coming week and I’m sure going to go see it.” I took the lieutenants up town the other day. We got to the main corner in town just in time to see a girl (Mexican) hit a lamp post with her car. It knocked the sap out of her. We picked her up and put her into another car and somebody took her to the hospital. She was pretty well screwed up. She had a bottle in her sock. I had a hold of her feet and couldn’t help but see it. Of course I would not get a hold of it. No I don’t drink; only water. The officer with me said “why didn’t you get the bottle?” I told him he could have that job.”
3/31/18 “I am going to the mountains tomorrow. The 1st section is going out to work a telegraph line for the artillery out on the range. Out where the big guns boom. Don’t know how long we will stay. I don’t care. Glad enough to get away from camp that long. The range is between the big hills and is a very pretty place. When I come back I will plant a garden. At least start to. ….Can you imagine me pulling weeds.”
4/2/18 Camp Cook, New Mexico “This camp is 16 miles north of Camp Cody but has all Cody men here. The camp is right in the valley with mountains all around, with an opening to the south. Camp Cody can easily be seen but there is a sand storm blowing now and can’t see a thing. There are only eight of us from our company and we are in two tents. Our tents are about 300 feet from the bottom and we can see the big camp below. Sure is a pretty place. We have a telegraph line layed from the guns to the targets 5 miles away. The artillery here have only 3 inch guns and can’t shoot far. The shell can be seen going through the air. They are shooting shrapnel and they explode before hitting the ground. Our stations are only a short distance from the targets, but take it from me we stay a safe distance away…..heard a shot just then. I guess a ton of powder went off from the way it sounded. …I just went over to a place where they are dynamiting out a place for a gun. …Am going over and take a look at my horse (funny face).Gee my horse nearly eats me up being so glad to see me. He must be in love with me. He takes my hat off when I get close to him. Manners I’d say not.” Written by Larry Beaver