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July 19, 2014

12 Minnesota Men Taken Off Train; Have Influenza

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:07 pm

When a Minnesota contingent of drafted men arrived in El Paso on their way to Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, Thursday afternoon, 12 men who were ill of influenza were taken from the train and moved to the base hospital at Fort Bliss for treatment. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – October 25, 1918

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Interesting Data on Camp Cody

Cost $2,025,000 – Covers 2,450 acres – Fifteen miles of Water mains
Twelve miles water laterals – Shower Heads 2,030 – Mess halls 283

July 12, 2014

2,080 New Recruits to National Army Due to Reach Camp Cody Today

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:18 pm

And still they come. Following closely on the heels of 2,540 drafted men that arrived yesterday at Camp Cody, 2,080 more will reach the big camp today. They are coming from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. The largest single bunch consists of 650 men from Arizona, who will arrive this morning at 6:30 on a special train. At 7:20 another special will bring 332 men from Colorado, and at 9:45 New Mexicans to the number of 168 will steam in on No. 1.

A special train arriving at 2 o’clock this afternoon will bring 400 Texans and four minutes later another special from Arizona will add 170 more new men to the national army. At midnight tonight 344 Colorado boys will catch their first glimpse of Deming and Camp Cody, that is if they are still awake. And the chances are they will be very wide awake, but not very still. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, May 28, 1918

July 8, 2014

Biographical note for Camp Cody Soldier Corporal Albert T. Hittle

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:19 pm

by Jon B. Hittle

Albert Thomas Hittle was born on 20 June 1897 at Good Hope, near Castana, Monona County, Iowa. His grandfather Sergeant Michael Hittle and his great grandfather Corporal Jacob Hittle were veterans of the Civil War, having served together in Company A, Thirty-Sixth Iowa Infantry Regiment in Mississippi and Arkansas from 1863-1865.

Albert graduated from Mapleton High School in 1915. He enlisted in the 2nd Iowa Infantry (National Guard) at Sioux City Iowa May 2, 1917 and reported with the 2nd Iowa to Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. The 2nd Iowa entrained for Camp Cody, Deming New Mexico a national guard cantonment shortly thereafter. Not long after their arrival at Camp Cody, the 2nd Iowa was dissolved and the regiment was re-named the 133rd Infantry Regiment and attached to the 34th Infantry Division (the “Sandstorm” or “Red Bull” Division”).

While at Cody, Albert served in CO L, 133rd Infantry, but he is also listed as a member of the 127th Machine Gun Battalion on a Thanksgiving Day dinner invitation. Albert trained at Camp Cody for 15 months, advancing to Corporal, before the 34th Division entrained for New Jersey and began sailing in increments for Europe. The 133rd Infantry Regiment reached England by mid-October 1918.  At that time, however, the War Department decided it did not need another entire division on the Western Front, so the 34th Division was de- activated. Corporal A. T. Hittle and other infantrymen of the 133rd Regiment were needed as replacements, however, and Corporal Hittle was sent to France in a casual detachment and assigned as a replacement Corporal to L Company of the 168th Infantry (Iowa National Guard), 42nd “Rainbow” Division.

During the previous July and August, the 168th Infantry had suffered many casualties in the battle of St. Mihel, particularly among non-commissioned officers. Albert entered the trenches within the 42nd Division’s sector on 1 November 1918 and four days later he participated in the assault and capture of the German stronghold of Sedan. The 168th Infantry had by that time acquired a reputation for aggressiveness and marksmanship, and that regiment had a standing order never to take prisoners unless specifically ordered to do so. The 168th, therefore had amassed a fine combat record in the year or so it had been in combat in France.

Almost immediately after the cease-fire went into effect on 11 November, 1918, therefore, General Pershing selected the 168th to commence a 15-day forced march through Luxembourg and Belgium in rain, sleet, snow and mud, continuing into Germany, where the regiment took up it’s “watch on the Rhine.” Corporal Hittle spent the winter and spring of 1919 garrisoned with Company L at Neiderzeissen, Germany, on the west bank. In July 1919 they sailed for New York and then moved by train back to Camp Dodge, Iowa, where the 168th had a fine reception from the citizens of Iowa.

After being mustered out of federal service, the troops were dismissed and returned to their home towns. Following his war service, Albert moved to Leeds, a suburb of Sioux City, and was employed in the post office for awhile before becoming an apprentice motor mechanic, learning his craft at the Hawkeye Truck Manufacturing Company in Sioux City helping to design and build internal combustion engines.

He married Martha M. Rapp in Leeds in 1920 and they began a family there. Albert advanced master mechanic and was subsequently employed with the International Harvester Company, the Interstate Bus Line Company, and was shop foreman for various Iowa motor transportation firms through the 1920s and 1930s. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Albert became an automotive instructor for the US Army Ordnance Department, based first at Omaha Nebraska.

In early 1945, he was transferred to the Oahu Army Motor School at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He remained at Schofield Barracks until June 1950, when he returned to the mainland and after a short few months in Los Angeles, made his home in Jefferson, South Dakota, outside of Sioux City. He owned and operated a restaurant there and also served as both Justice of the Peace in Union County and as the Fire Chief at Jefferson.

He was, inter alia, a fine fiddle player and became a noted square dance caller, performing during his time in Los Angeles with the western swing orchestras of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and the Spade Cooley Orchestra. In his later years he made several appearances performing at the South Dakota State Fair.

He had three sons and a daughter. All three sons served in the US Air Force.  Corporal Hittle died in Jefferson South Dakota of a heart attack on September 8, 1960. He is buried at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson. Corporal Hittle was a charter member of Monahan Post 64, American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 42nd Division Veterans Association.

July 5, 2014

Southern Pacific Railroad Official Likes Camp Cody – Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 2:03 pm

No Cars Kept Over 12 Hours

“Over at Camp Cody they are doing their bit along this line. No cars are kept on the siding over twelve hours. Here in El Paso and elsewhere merchants can do the same thing if they will

“The man who helps the railroad by unloading or loading his care within twelve hours not only helps himself, but helps to win the are by enabling the railroad to lay by rolling stock for an emergency.”

All Business Road Can Handle.

The war is giving the Southern Pacific all the business that “it can comfortably handle,” according to Mr. Campbell. Few complaints are being received, while compliments are coming from every side on the manner in which the railway is meeting the situation resulting from heavy shipments and troop movements should the emergency call on the railroads from the government come, the call for which all roads are preparing as inevitable, they will be ready and the general public will not suffer from the deflection of cars from commercial channels to army use, he said. Such necessary commodities as metals and provisions will be kept moving with regularity while lumber and similar commodities will probably be held up for a short time.

Asked if any improvements on this division would be made following this visit Mr. Campbell said:

Great Burden on Road

“Nothing that I know of just now. Prosperity that we are now enjoying places a great burden upon the road and requires supervision.”

The officials were favorable impressed by the manner in which the officers at Camp Cody have systematized and managed the great training camp.

“The camp is one of the best I have seen, and I have seen several recently.”said Mr. Campbell. “It is well managed, laid out in a systematic manner and the sanitary measures are excellent.

“But what impressed me more than anything else was the spirit displayed by the men in the camp. It was wonderful and proves that the boys in the army we have now are true partiots.”

G. S. Waid is Visiter.

G. S. Waid, vice-president and general manager of the Southern Pacific, and C. R. Morrill and J. A. Powers, assistant managers, from Houston, were in El Paso on a tour on inspection Wednesday. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917

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