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February 21, 2016

Camp Cody Base Hospital a Large Project

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:48 pm

Camp Cody Base Hospital is not only one of the biggest institutions of its kind but one of the most Important features of the Camp itself. Located on 80 acres of ground and with 52 buildings occupying over 200,000 square feet of floor space it can be readily what a large investment was made by Uncle Sam.

The 52 buildings are divided into 20 wards, four auxiliary buildings and remaining 24 buildings are operating rooms, Administration buildings, Mess Mall, Corps Men Barracks, Laboratory and x-ray buildings, Canteen Laundry and Warehouses. The Auxiliary buildings are three Red Cross Houses and one V. M. C. A.

As you come into the Hospital Grounds on the main street are found the Fire Barn, Nurses Quarters, Nurses Red Cross House, Pass Office, Receiving Ward, Administration Building Officers Wards, Officers Quarters and Read Surgery Building. Part of these, built on a quadrangle, are the Wards, with operating pavilion, Canteen and Patients’ Mess Hall in the center. At the back of these are the warehouses, barracks and Corps Men’s Mess Hall. To the left of the Corps Men’s Mess Hall is the new Y. M. C. A. and to the right of it beyond the barracks is the Red Cross House.

The wards are 24 by150 and equipped for 36 patients. Each ward is presided over by a Ward Surgeon, an officer of the Medical Department, who is assisted by the necessary number of nurses and Corps men. In charge of the Corps Men is the Wardmaster who is directly responsible to the Ward Surgeon for the general conduct of the ward and the nurses have charge of the treatment under direction of the officer. The Wards are divided according to classification of diseases such as Pneumonia Wards, Surgical Wards, Isolation Wards. etc. The Isolation Wards are set off to one side by themselves and here is where all contagious cases are sent.

The Administration Building is where the business affairs of the hospital are conducted and Col. O. A. Davis, Commanding Officer, Major Brown, Assistant Commanding Officer, 2nd Lt., Lester B. Shrouf, Adjutant, Lt. John H. Hastings, Detachment Commander; Lt. George W. Earle, Athletic Officer and Lt. McCarthy Medical Property Officer have their offices in this building.
The Receiving Ward is occupied by the Dispensary, Office Quartermaster Corps, Post Offices as well as the Departments for admitting and discharge of patients to and from the Hospital Captain Mullen Receiving Officer and the Officer of the Day also have their offices in this building. The duties of the Receiving Officer are to examine incoming patients and decide which ward they are to be sent. The ambulances are also dispatched from this building.

In the wing of the Officers ward is located the Registrar’s office, in charge of Lt. Brownlee and the S. C. D. (Surgeons Certificate of Disability) office in charge of Major Leidloff.

The staff of the Hospital is divided into two departments, Medical and Surgical. The chief of the Surgical Staff is Major M. S. Finney and the chief of the Medical Stag is Major Woodyett. They work in cooperation with the Commanding Officer. The Detachment Commander has charge of the personnel and the detailing of their duties. The Laboratory is in charge of Captain Lamb and Lt. Copeland is director of the x-ray Department
The Quartermaster Corps is in charge of Lt. Swartz and the Mess by Lt. Meyer. The Red Cross ward of the Bane Hospital is directed by Captain Hallowell. of the A. R. C.
Miss Davidson is head nurse and has her office in what in known as the new Nurses Quarters.

All in all, the Camp Cody Base Hospital is too big a propositions to describe in one article and the different Departments will be taken up in detail in succeeding weeks Hospital Record. – From “Deming Headlight” Date unknown.

February 13, 2016

Three Iowa Units Now at Deming – Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:31 pm


Rifles Not Unpacked.

Until the day of leaving Iowa. the infantrymen had only three rifles but eighty new weapons were shipped with them. They have not been unpacked because of the free flying sand and will not be until permanent camp is fixed, Captain 0. W. Gorman and Lieutenants John Mann and B. J. Wolcott are In charge.

Captain Byron Gohlthwait commands the cavalry troop which has 105 men. Thirty two horses were brought along.

More than two thousand workmen are engaged in construction at the ramp. Trouble in getting material and recent orders for new buildings will make it impossible to finish the work by Sept. I, as planned.

Camp Ready Sept. 15.

Major Charles H. Miller of Little Rock. Ark., who sacrificed a $50,000 a year job to boss the building of the camp, expects to have it ready hr Sept. 15. He started just four weeks ago. Only a week ago the government ordered a $500,000 base hospital and a $400,000 remount station.

The hospital will have seventy buildings and 1.100 beds, in addition there will he an infirmary for each regiment and a cantonment hospital of 200 beds.

The work has proceeded with no labor trouble although Deming is near a hotbed of Industrial Workers of the World. About a thousand of them, deported from Bisbee, Ariz., are under guard at Columbus in this county.

Camp Occupies 1,800 Acres.

Carpenters get $8.25 a day and laborers and Mexicans $2.75.

The Camp lies west of Deming and occupies about 1,800 acres. Entrance is at the edge of the town.
Of the more than 1,100 buildings, 293 will be mess houses,, more than half of these are ready. Twelve miles of graveled roads are being built and eleven miles of water mains laid.
The camp will have its own water. works and electric light plant, not to speak of post office, telephone exchange and telegraph office. Twenty thousand pounds of copper wire came to camp by express so wiring could proceed without delay.
Major George Logan is first assistant constructing quartermaster. Major Miller is chief. Captain M. E. Gillette of Des Moines, is an assistant. At one time Mayor MacVicar of Des Moines, was ordered to report but, temporarily at least, his coming was postponed. – From “Iowa Recorder” July 17, 1918

February 7, 2016

Three Iowa Units Now at Deming – Part 1 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:41 am


Inconveniences and Discomforts Bring No Complaints From Iowa Men at Camp Cody.

Deming, N. M., Aug. 27. Three Iowa military organizations are at Camp Cody waiting for a little action. They are flattery D, artillery, Davenport; Company A, Second Infantry, Mason City, and Troop A, cavalry, Marengo. Company B. engineers, Council Bluffs, are en route 19 Deming.

Due to the fact that the place where they are to camp has not been designated, the advance companies are not able to prepare the camp for the brigade as was contemplated when they left. Inconveniences and discomforts, such as heavy sandstorms, choking dust clouds raised every few minutes by scores of motor trucks, heat, limit­ed water supply for bathing and the incomplete state of camp have brought no complaint from the Iowans.

Iowans Good Soldiers.

“How’ do the men like this country?” an Iowa officer was asked. “They like It fine. They are good soldiers as anybody knows who knows Iowans.” Captain Harry Ward of Battery D, the Davenport organization, met a situation in his own way following the arrival of the battery last Tues­day. The men had practically no equipment except mess kits and cots.

Battery B, from which Battery D was formed, had all the guns, tents, horses and nearly all other equip­ment.

Captain Ward found two mess houses assigned his men. They were nicely fitted up with tables and such. But his men had no tents. They slept under the stars Tuesday night. Next morning, Captain Ward sent for some carpenters. They took out the rear end of the two buildings. The tables were taken out and cots went in. The mess houses became bunk houses.

Homer is Lonesome.

The men now eat outdoors but they sleep inside. Captain Ward hasn’t found anybody yet to ask permission.

When the battery’s equipment is to come doesn’t appear definitely known. There should be 201 horses, four guns and a great deal of other equipment. The only horse in the battery is “Homer,” property of the captain. The men say he is the “lonesomest horse” in New Mexico.

The artillery men are in the way of becoming communists. They have a battery laundry with four modern washing machines, a battery shoe repair shop, battery tailor and a canteen. The laundry charges about half the usual price and delivers work the same day.

Company A, of the Second Iowa, temporarily is stationed next the artillerymen. The Iowa cavalry, North Dakota field hospital, South Dakota cavalry and the Nebraska companies are near. A company arrived with eighty-three men due to division of Its strength for the purpose of recruiting the Third regiment to 3605 men. – From “Iowa Recorder” July 17, 1918

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