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January 31, 2016

Governor Harding Visits Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:43 pm

Des Moines, December 17. Governor Harding and Adj. Gen. Logan and party have returned from their official inspection of Camp Cody at Deming, New Mexico. A regimental review was put on in honor of the visitors December 9. The governor is highly enthusiastic over the character of the troops at Camp Cody and their advancement in their work.

“I found our Iowans in fine spirits,” said the governor on his return. “The national guard boys, however, largely understand the seriousness of the business they are entering into. You see very little fooling or playing. They work from 5:30 in the morning until 9 o’clock at night. In addition to their drills there are various kinds of school work carried on. You are rather impressed that the atmosphere is that of a school or college except that there is no fun or frolics going on.

“The hospital facilities are made inadequate,” the governor continued, “Cases of measles develop every few days and it is necessary to put those exposed cases in tents. The hospitals are heated with stoves. This doesn’t furnish an even heat.

“Pneumonia is developing  in the past several days, probably due to the colder weather. The altitude is high, about 4000 feet I think, and the men are exposed to a constant dust. There should be provision in taking men to lower altitudes when they become ill of pneumonia.

“The bathing facilities are entirely inadequate. The men have to take baths in cold rooms and with cold water. There are plenty of machinists among the enlisted men to provide hot water for baths through the camp in 24 hours, hut the red tape of the government and a contractor are standing in the way.

“It is contemptible to think that a contractor would be permitted to delay work as is being done there in order to make a profit on the work and have 25,000 men go without proper facilities.

“During the first two days there we had a sandstorm. It was almost impossible to see any distance whatever. This is true when there is no storm. But the men work right through it.

“The men are well fed and most of them have proper clothing and bedding. I took my meals all of the time with the officers or the men so I know their meals are good. Their kitchens are models of cleanliness,” Gov. Harding returned convinced that there should be no commissions given to medical men in the service, He says this places competent men under officers so that they are not in a position to speak freely of conditions which ought oftentimes to be remedied. – From “Iowa Recorder”   12/19/17

January 25, 2016


Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:36 am

A moving picture of exceptional In­terest will be shown at the opera house in Greene on Tuesday, July 16, Our boys at Camp Cody, made at Deming. New Mexico, and it will reach home to many here who bare loved ones there from whom they base received descriptions of the camp and surroundings which they ran now see in moving pictures A sunset scene and Ihe fore telling of the storm, the clouds of dust and the storm approaching A full detailed trip through the big camp is given .You will doubtless find much of interest in this special feature picture. – From Iowa Recorder July 10, 1918

January 19, 2016

Deming, A Prize of War

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:39 pm

Deming was taken by an army of invaders from the South last Monday.  The 67th Brigade which marched away on a hike a week previous returned that day and met a defending force consisting of the 68th Brigade from Silver City a mile or so south of the polo field.

The 68th “white army” identified with a white  cloth around their hats while the invaders were the brown army, perhaps from the fine coat of tan acquired from their week’s trip.

The White Army came down from Silver City and were out numbered and out flanked and defeated. The Southern Pacific Railroad was the dividing line between the invader’s and the defenders. The Brown Army came from Hondale at 2:00 p.m. The Brown consisted of the 133rd Infantry (1st Iowa Infantry), the 134th Infantry ( 1st Nebraska Infantry) and the 126th Machine Gun Company and attached Sanitary and ammunition trains.

Colonel H.J. Paul Commanded the 134th
Colonel W.E. Bartly Commanded the 133rd
May Higbee Commanded the 135th Infantry (1st Minn.)
Colonel W.T. Molison Commanded the 136th Infantry
Major C. J.  Bates Commanded the 127th Machine Gun Company which is a South Dakota unit.

– From the “Deming Graphic” – May 17, 1918

January 9, 2016

New Construction Quartermaster Arrives In Camp Cody Sunday

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:28 pm

Rumors of impending improvements at Camp Cody received confirmation Sunday with the arrival of Major Frederick P. Simonds, who has been appointed constructing quartermaster. The improvements contemplated will involve an expenditure of approximately one million dollars. This includes no new barracks, no orders for such work having been received as yet, it was stated by Lt. Co. W. H. Raymond, chief of staff.

The chief of staff said that the improvements would include increase in the Camps water system which will guarantee a heavy increase in the amount of water available for use, particularly at the new base hospital. There also will be several new wards built at the new base hospital. Another very importint Item will be and installation of a complete sewer system. – From “Deming Headlight – March 8, 1918

January 3, 2016

34th Division At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:14 pm

South Dakota:
1st Regiment Cavalry

Headquarters 1st Minnesota Brigade
1st, 2nd, 3rd Minnesota Infantry
Minn. Field Hospital and Ambulance Companies No. 1.

North Dakota:
1st Regiment Infantry
Field Hospital Co. No 1

Iowa: Hqs. 1st Iowa Brigade,
1st and 2nd Iowa Infantry;
1st Squadron Iowa Cavalry;
1st Iowa Field Artillery;
1st Iowa Engineers
Co. C. Iowa Signal Corps.
Iowa  Field Hospitals and Ambulance Companies
1st Battalion Iowa Engineers
Iowa Ammunition Train

Nebraska Infantry Nos. 1 and 2;
4th and 5th Infantry. B, Signal Corps.

Division composed of following organizations:

69th, 70th Infantry Brigade,
137th 138th 139, 140th, Infantry Regiments
129th, 130th, Machine Gun Bns.
128th Div. Machine Gun Bn,
119th Engineer Regiment and Train
11oth, Field Signal Bn.
110th Train Hq. and M.P.
110th Supply Train,
110th Ammunition Train
110th Sanitary Train
137th, 138th 139, 140th Ambulance Companies And Field Hospitals.

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