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August 29, 2015

Corporal Saves Camp Cody Soldier’s Life

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:26 pm

In Nick of Time Noncom Throws Companion Away From Bursting Bomb

A Carnegie medal and a commission would not be out of place for Corporal William Harold Vayne, company I, 136th infantry.

He was teaching a squad in hand grenade work in the trenches, when a soldier accidentally dropped a grenade, which the trained eye of the non-commissioned officer saw at a glance would explode in a moment. The frightened soldier flew at once from the perilous position, leaving Corporal Vayne and a comrade to their fare.

Blast Tears Corporal’s Hat

Bravery in the face of great danger as it is taught at Camp Cody came into play, and the unselfish heroism of this man saved the life of his comrade. Providence sparing the life of the brave young soldier, who grabbed his companion in danger and threw him around the corner of a “traverse” just as the bomb exploded, tearing two ragged holes in the top of Corporal’s Vayne’s hat, missing his head by possibly a half to three-quarters of an inch.

As soon as the attention of Colonel W. T. Mollison of the 68th brigade, was called to the brave act, he took the matter to division headquarters, in order that General Johnston might suitable commend the heroic act of the brave corporal. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, August 17, 1918

August 24, 2015

First of Camp Cody Field Meet Series

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:24 pm

The first of what is intended to be a series of division field meets was held last Saturday afternoon in the stadium athletic field, being attended by a majority of the men of the division. The athletes of the second section, composed of the 135th and 136th infantry regiments, 127th machine gun battalion and the 125th machine gun battalion, won first place with a total of 47 points. The first section, composed of the 133rd and 136th infantry, 126th machine gun battalion and 109th field signal battalion, was second with 27 points. The third section, composed of the units if the 59th Field artillery brigade, was third with 19 points, while fourth place fell to the fourth section, composed of the Yucca avenue units.

As a whole, the meet moved off with swiftness and without unpleasantness, except in the case of the third section tug of war team which did not pull, owing to failure to be called. It was explained that the event had been called and the team did not come forward to pull. Therefore when, after the meet was over and attempt was made by the team manager to get a chance to pull, the effort was met with disfavor. In the 100-yard dash, Probasco, battery E, 126th field artillery, won first place: Marken, 127th machine gun battalion, second: Gates, 133rd field hospital, third.

Cross-Country Run

In the cross-country run, Tomsche, 109th field signal battalion, came in first, being followed by J. D. Peterson, 135th field hospital, and Barnes, 127th machine gun battalion. In the order named Peterson collapsed after crossing the line, but soon revived and was none the worst for the run. 220-yard dash was won by Baxter, 126th field artillery, with McPike, of the same. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 1, 1918

August 16, 2015

Contract Let for Covering Camp Cody Stadium

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:27 am

Present Arrangement Contemplates Putting Roof Over The Stage Used for Concerts and Athletic Exhibitions; Sounding Board To Be put In; First of Field Meet Series Held.

A contract was let Saturday morning for the roofing of the stadium at Camp Cody. At present the roof will extend only over the portion of the stadium occupied by the stage used for concerts and athletic sports. In addition, a sounding board will be built in the rear of the stage. Later, it is hoped, funds will be obtained from the war department in Washington which can be used for roofing over the rest of the space assigned to seats. This would give the camp a great pavilion with a seating capacity of approximately 5,000 people.

The expense of the present improvement will be borne by the exchanges of the camp, which set aside a small portion of their gross earnings each month to meet such expenses.

With so large a stage, equipped with scenery which can be painted by some of the men of the division, there is not reason why there cannot be held a series of entertainments of such interest that large crowds of soldiers would be drawn to them several nights each week. Already, it is reported, some of the talented members of the division are talking of organizing dramatic societies, giving minstrels, musical comedies, etc., with talent chosen from among the men themselves, while some of the star attractions of the nation might be induced to come here to show for the benefits of the soldiers.

It is planned to have the entertainments given free, if possible, or if not free, for as low a price of admission as possible. The added diversion through this channel doubtless will do much to maintain a high interest among the men with consequent betterment of morale. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 1, 1918

August 11, 2015

Congestion of Camp Cody Roads Reduced By New Order

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 1:58 pm

Thirty-Five Cars Replace 250 Previously in Operation Between Camp Cody and Deming Under New Regulations; More to Be Added as Traffic Conditions Demand

The first phase of the operation of the new Jitney rules at Camp Cody was witnessed Saturday evening when after the automatic revocation of 250 passes there were issued by the pass office a total of 35 new ones. That was the primary limit placed on the number of service cars allowed to operate in the Camp Cody passenger traffic.

Should need for more cars be shown, more passes will be issued up to the point where it is evident that there are enough to handle the business, and at the same time make a fair profit at the 15-cent fare for the operators.

One beneficial result of the new practice of limiting the number of passes can be seen in the less crowded condition of the roads in the camp where during rush hours, it formerly was all a pedestrian could do to keep out of their way. As nearly as can be learned, the new rule probably will mean that at no time will there be a number of cars in service much in excess of fifty.

More and more buses are making their appearance in answer to the lower fare and the decrease in the number of cars operated. Some of the expedients adopted by drivers to increase the seating capacity of their cars were noteworthy. Ford cars developed two extra seats, by a miracle becoming seven instead of five passenger carriers. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, April 9, 1918

August 1, 2015

Compliments Camp Cody Medicos on Keeping Down Disease

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 9:15 pm

A letter from the surgeon general’s office in Washington says of Camp Cody, in speaking of the small number of venereal cases shown here, “that the condition is so good that all praise given the camp from that office is well merited.” The letter highly commends the medical officers here for their work in keeping down these diseases and from their very earnest efforts to reduce them. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, January 24, 1918

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