Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

March 25, 2009

Some things never change – Deming Headlight March 22, 1918

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:39 pm

It was reported by the Deming Headlight Newspaper that twenty enlisted men of the 52nd infantry at Camp Forrest in Chattanooga, Tennessee were hospitalized after eating candy that contained ground glass.  Some of these soldiers were in serious condition.

The army canteen at Fort Bliss, Texas was the first to discover the candy containing the ground glass and rejected the deliveries. The exchanges at Camp Cody in Deming New Mexico also withdrew the same brand of candy from sale to the troops just to be safe.

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March 19, 2009

Camp Cody News for Mach 8, 1918

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:37 pm

The Deming Headlight newspaper reported that the “New Constructing Quartermaster” arrived at Camp Cody on Sunday. His name is Major Frederick P. Simonds. The Major will be involved in approximately one million dollars in improvements.

Camp Cody’s “Chief of Staff” Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymond said that some of the improvements would be to the camp’s water system and several new wards will be built at the base hospital. The biggest new item will be installation of a complete sewer system.

Rumors had spread throughout the camp that the money would be spent on new barrack buildings. These rumors are not true. In March of 1918 the camp already has between two and a half and three million dollars in wooden construction. It was time for improvements in other areas.

March 14, 2009

Deming Headlight Newspaper – March 1918

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:28 pm

Minnesota Secretary Likes Camp Cody

Honorable Julius Schmahl, secretary of state of the Commonwealth of Minnesota, likes Camp Cody and thinks it is an excellent place to train troops. While paying a visit at Division headquarters, he remarked to Major General A. P. Blockson and Lieutenant Colonel. W. H. Raymond, chief of staff, that he was well pleased with the camp, and said that in his opinion the people who had been criticizing the camp so severely had very little to do or to base their adverse criticism on.

March 10, 2009

Story of a Shoeless Camp Cody Soldier

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:17 pm

Footprints In The Sand – Sam Wintroub

I was born in Kupel, Russia, July 30, 1895, and immigrated to the United States with my family in 1910, settling in Omaha, Nebraska. I was selected for service with the United States Army on September 17, 1917, and within a few weeks was sent to Camp Cody, New Mexico, arriving there October 15, 1917, where I was stationed with the 34th Division, more commonly know as the Sandstorm Division.

The recruits were assigned to luxurious tents – no wooden floor, no sideboards – eight men occupying each tent. The sand was blowing day and night. Upon arriving at our new station, we were sent to wash up and get ready for evening chow – good Irish stew that we gobbled down. Then it was off to bed.

Reveille sounded and I leaped out of bed, scrambled into my uniform and reached for my shoes, nowhere to be found! The sand had blown all night long and somewhere buried deep in that tent were my shoes. I finally managed to locate one but the other was nowhere to be found. Out for roll call and, you guessed it, Sam was in the front row with one shoe off and one shoe on. As the Captain was inspecting the ranks, he stopped short in front of this half-shoeless soldier and his first words were “What in the world do you call that?” I told him the truth; I could not find my other shoe in the sand – a likely story! “Sergeant, take this man’s name; wood pile brigade all day Sunday.

One Sunday afternoon I was at the Jewish Welfare Board when six nice Jewish ladies came in bringing cakes, cookies, fruit, candies and cigarettes. The ladies were from Silver City. The next Sunday the ladies returned and this time, in addition to three gallons of apple cider, more cakes, cookies, candies and cigarettes, they brought four pretty girls – what a welcome sight. We enjoyed a nice afternoon visiting and playing checkers. Bless them for the warmth they passed on to the lonely soldiers.

After leaving Camp Cody in July 1918, I was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, I married my sweetheart Ethel Raduziner, also from Omaha, Nebraska. The next day Uncle Sam sent me on a honeymoon by myself, to France, and I returned to the States and was honorably discharged in February 1919.

This story was written by Sam Wintroub and appeared in “The History of Luna County”. Copyright 1978 by “The Luna County Historical Society, Inc. Deming, New Mexico.”

March 4, 2009

New Camp Cody Pictures for March!

Filed under: Announcement — Michael Kromeke @ 5:09 am

I replace the pictures of Camp Cody in the “NEW” area of my main web site on the first of each and every month. You can click the link on the right of this page to get to my “main camp cody site”. Then scroll down until you find the area labeled “NEW pictures.

These pictures will remain there for one month and then be replaced with some never seen before Camp Cody pictures that I have received in the last month or so. Your donated scans of Camp Cody or of any soldier who served there are always welcome. Please fell free to send me an email, address on web site, or leave a comment on this Blog.

Michael Kromeke, Webmaster of the Camp Cody web site.

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