Mississippi River Battalion Visits El Paso and Praises The Red Cross.
On the way to Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, where it detrained and marched to the section reserved for the 126th United States field artillery Monday night, the first battalion of the First Iowa field artillery passed El Paso Monday afternoon on three trains. Batteries A, B, and C, respectively from Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine were the units. These soldiers have been at Fort Logan H. Roots, Little Rock, Arkansas, during the last three months. Full equipment for the batteries, including four three inch guns for each battery, caissons, horses and wagons, was on the trains. This outfit gives Iowa a full artillery regiment at Camp Cody.
Names of Commanders
The 570 men and officers are commanded by Colonel J.E. Brandt, Major J.L. Oakes is battalion is battalion commander: R.S. Truitt is adjutant and the battery officers are: Captain L.R. Brooks, Lieutenants Emery Thompson, and E. Kelsey; Captain Ed McCoy, Lieutenants E. J. Cox, C.A. Rockefeller and E.E. McGinley; Captain E. Roach, Lieutenants C. Narvis, B. Van Trifle and D. Brown. Captain J. G. Luth was in charge of 15 men from the headquarters battery, and the medical corps was under the charge of Lieutenant J. C. Murphy. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 9, 1917