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December 24, 2016

Dinner In Compliment to New Camp Cody Chief

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:56 pm

In compliment to Brigadier General John A. Johnston, General and Mrs. R. L. Howze entertained with a dinner party at Harvey’s Friday night. The personnel included Lieutenant and Mrs. James F. Hodgson, Lieutenant C. D. Ryan, Major W. G. Muller and Miss Harriet Howze. After dinner, the party attended a local theater.

General Johnston is the new commander for Camp Cody and was in El Paso en route to his new station. He is an old time friend of General Howze, the district commander of the El Paso patrol district. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, June 1, 1918

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December 17, 2016

General Blocksom Leaves Camp Cody Friends

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:49 pm

“Sandstorm” Division Regrets His Going; Officers Bid Him Goodbye.

Brigadier General A. P. Blocksom, who has been in command of the 34th division here continuously since the forces here began to congregate, except something over two months when he was overseas, left Tuesday night for San Francisco, there to take boat for Honolulu, where he will take command of Hawaiian department of regular army. His departure brought unanimous expressions of regret from both officers and men, as he was personally popular with all. His democratic and always frank manner made the entire personnel of the division his personal friends.

Officers Bid Him Goodbye.

On Tuesday at noon the officers in camp who could possible get away from duty called at division headquarters and paid their respects to the departing commander. A little later the division staff officers gave him a farewell luncheon in the division officers mess hall near headquarters. The luncheon was served by the Harvey house of Deming. The luncheon was purely informal, with no speech making, but genuine feeling of mutual friendship and regret pervaded the little affair, which meant to many a parting which the fortunes of war mean forever.

Gives Farewell Order.

Before leaving General Blocksom issued general orders No. 45, which speak his feelings of deep regret at leaving and appreciation of his officers and men. The orders follow:

“On changing station, the division commander desires to express appreciation of loyal cooperation by officers and men of Camp Cody in hard but profitable work done during many months past.”

“He is confident that if fate permits, the “Sandstorm” division will do its full duty and fight with skill, valor and persistence on many foreign fields.”

Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander 59th field artillery brigade here, as nest in rank, assumes command of the division until the arrival of the new commander, Major General J. A. Johnston, from Camp Travis, Texas. General Mauldin commanded here while General Blocksom was abroad. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 8, 1918

December 10, 2016

General Blocksom Goes to Hawaii From Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:17 pm

General Mauldin, Next to Rank at Cody; Washington Hasn’t Named Chief

Major General A. P. Blocksom, commander of the 34th division here, received a wire from Washington Friday afternoon informing him that he was to go to Honolulu and take command of the troops in the Hawaiian islands as a brigadier general in the regular army. The general stated that he could not say exactly when he would depart for his new post.

No information was given out as the who will succeed General Blocksom here, but Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander of the 59th field artillery brigade here, is the next in rank.

It was said at division headquarters on Friday that no orders had been issued from the war department as to General Mauldin’s being transferred to the coast artillery with his regular army rank of colonel and that the report published recently in the Army and Navy Journal to that effect had been denied.

Brigadier General H. A. Allen, commander of the 67th infantry brigade, is the only other general now in this division. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday April 21, 1918

Blocksom Will Succeed General Wisser, Who Retires

Brigadier General John P. Wisser, United States military commander in Hawaii, has been retired from active service and will return to his home at Berkeley, California, it was announced here today. He is to be succeeded by Brigadier General August Blocksom, now stationed at Camp Cody, New Mexico, according to official orders. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday April 21, 1918

December 5, 2016

Camp Cody Gas School is An Interesting Place To Visit

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:47 am

Cody Soldiers Get Practically Same Experience Found in Battles.

The chemical warfare service of Camp Cody is one of very great importance and interest. It is the only school of instruction that deals with defensive warfare alone. Those who attend learn self protection alone, and it is obligatory upon at least one officer and two noncoms, usually three or four in every company or small unit, to become familiar with the chemical warfare service. Careful notes are taken at all scientific lectures and blackboard instruction by the officers of the careful use of the gas mask, the discovery of the presence of harmful gases, day and night, alarms to be given and methods of self protection to be employed.

There are two gas chambers that all overseas soldiers must pass through, whether they take the full instruction or not. There are two kinds of gas, chlorine and lachrymal or tear gas, one may be classified as asphyxiating and the other as tear producing, although a dozen different gases may be employed for either. The chloride of tin, or smoke gas, is not a pleasant thing to encounter, even in the open.

Go Gassing at Night.

From time to time the instructors take their classes on night marches of several miles, gassing them with bombs and every conceivable method,  much the same as they might encounter on the western front. The first man to detect gas gives the alarm and all hands don masks in double quick time.

When in the vicinity of the trenches light bombs or sky rockets are exploded to guide those receiving the instruction. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, October 25, 1918

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