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May 31, 2014

Lieutenant Roy McConogue of Camp Cody and miss Regina Linnane of Des Moines, Iowa, to Wed in El Paso Thursday, Night

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:41 pm

Lieutenant Roy McConogue, assistant to the division judge advocate, Major H. R. Bitizing, of Camp Cody, Deming, N.M., and Miss Regina Linnane of Des Moines, Iowa, will be married Thursday evening at 6 o’clock in El Paso. Miss Linnane, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. J. M. Linnane, and Mrs. H. M Onam, Lieutenant Linane’s sister, will arrive from Des Moines Thursday morning. Lieutenant McConogue arrived Wednesday night to make preparations for the wedding and for a honeymoon of five days. It is likely the couple will take a trip to California. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 8, 1917

May 29, 2014

Officers Receive Data On What To Carry To Europe – Part 4 of 4

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 1:50 pm

Equipment and Property Responsibility

A company’s equipment should be complete before leaving the States. All Property papers should be in proper order before starting. Bring a typewriter and a generous supply of blanks of all kinds. Stationery and envelopes and blanks are hard to get here. My first sergeant left his typewriter behind and the supply sergeant left most of his property records. A great deal of tents, property records and rations were lost on the way or stolen by the ship’s crew while at sea.

Marking Company Property and Personal Baggage.

It is absolutely necessary to mark with stencils all company baggage and personal property to prevent it being lost. Barrack bags should not be tagged. The tags tear off. They should be marked with white paint and brush with the company number, company letter and regimental number. We lost many tents, surplus kits and barrack bags. Much of  this was due to faulty handling at the port of embarkation. The property was unloaded from the cars unto the barges and scows by strange crews and dock employes and then on the ships, hence a hopeless mix up.


Mail comes from the States at varying intervals. It is sent through our own lines of communication to the troops. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917

May 5, 2014

Officers Receive Data On What To Carry To Europe – Part 3 of 4

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 12:24 am

Officers’ Pay

Officers here are paid in France at the rate of 5.70 francs per American dollar at present. The rate of exchange may fluctuate. Officers can make out their pay vouchers in the States before coming here. They should be sent to the quartermaster general in Washington with the request that when due they should be paid by depot quartermaster in Washington, D. C., to the person or bank to whom assigned. Bring pay vouchers with you. One or two New York banks are preparing to open establishment in Paris for the use of the army. Don’t depend on sending checks from France to America. They may become lost. On short notice money may be cables to America, but this is expensive.

Enlisted Men’s Equipment

Equipment C should be brought, excepting mosquito nets. The clothing should be about the same was worn in the northern states. Khaki not advised. Bring one or more old uniforms or suits of fatigue clothes for use on the boat or on the way over, and for dirty work in camp or billet. Clothing and equipment should be completely furnished men before starting. It is difficult or impossible to get things here. Hat cords should be sewed on. We lost several hats and cords from the boat and care windows. Bring extra shoe strings. All men are allowed barrack bags. Sergeants are allowed trunk lockers over here. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917

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