“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