Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

April 24, 2011

Ready to Shoot Down Oil Tank, But It Had Melted

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:32 am

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – During the great fire at Lordsburg Thursday the Southern Pacific railroad called upon Major H. D. Harries, of the military police, asking that an artillery piece be sent there to blow up one of the large crude oil tanks to prevent the spread of the fire. Division authorities at once hastened to comply with the request and Major P. D. Sheldon, in command of the 126th field artillery, with one gun section of a battery and 27 men, accompanied by Major Harries, hastened by special train to Lordsburg. They arrived too late, for the tank had melted down before they got there. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – March 16, 1918

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