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September 30, 2018

Camp Cody Will Have 35 Men and Seven Buildings in Army Y.M.C.A.

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:35 pm

E. F. Denison of Omaha, Nebraska has been elected as general camp secretary of the Army Y.M.C.A. for Deming, and will arrive within the next couple of weeks to begin work on the installation of the association buildings in Camp Cody.

Deming is to have five Y.M.C.A buildings, a commissary, and a general Y.M.C.A headquarters are to be much more substantial than those erected last year on the border, and are to be 40 feet longer. Each building will have an auditorium 40×80 feet, and will have a large moving picture show and entertainment. Nine educational class rooms, a private correspondence room, and library, together with living quarters for the secretaries will be including in each building.

Each building will be under the supervision of a building sectary, and assistant and three departmental secretaries. There will also be a number of men employed in the general office and commissary, which will make an employed force of approximately 35 men for the Army Y.M.C.A in Deming.
Hardly had the American troops arrived in France when the Y.M.C.A officials were there ready with their “huts” and equipment to meet the needs of the men. Hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper and envelopes were distributed among the men; base ball games were played, the Victrolas furnished some familiar tunes, while the checkers, moving pictures and entertainment were all receiving a large patronage.

The Y.M.C.A has already sent 30 secretaries abroad. A large shipment of supplies were recently sent to France on board the ship Kanson, which was sunk costing the Y.M.C.A over $18,000. This shipment is being duplicated in New York and will be started off again within the next week or ten days.

The program of the Y.M.C.A does not only call for the work such as will be done in the mobilization camp in Deming, but will be there to meet them in their training camps in the prisons, hospitals, and in the trenches. The secretaries are all trained men, and men who are experience in welfare work. – Deming Graphic Newspaper – Date Unknown


September 22, 2018

Remount Will Remain at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:20 pm

Rated as Healthiest Depot for Army Animals in Entire Country

It is stated in military circles that it is now quite probable the remount depot at Camp Cody will be retained as a permanent place for the purpose for which it was built. The reason why the war department may so retain this depot is that in the past 18 months it has proved to be the most healthful remount depot in the entire United States. There have been about 25,000 horses and mules handled there during that time, and the loss has been about 800 from all causes, hardly 1 ½ per cent. This is the lowest rate of loss of all the remount depots, as stated.

The commander of the Camp Cody remount depot is Major Frank G. Brewer, who made or rather modified the plans of handling stock, as he had learned them after long experience and observation at the best of the big stockyard in cities like Kansas City and Chicago. This depot can accommodate 7,000 head at one time. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Feb 14, 1919 – (The Remount Depot was closed down shortly after the end of the war)


September 16, 2018

Camp Cody Sergeants to Train Better

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:37 pm

Will Be Expected to Fill Gaps in Ranks Made by Casualties

In pursuance of recommendations made by General Pershing, the adjutant general of the army has sent out a letter changing the status of non-commissioned officers. This letter has been posted as a memorandum order in the 34th division. It is as follows:

“1. The commanding general, American expeditionary forces, has recommended that more stress be laid upon the responsibility in the training of sergeants. They will be imbued with the habit of command and will be given schooling and prestige to enable them to replace the casualties among commissioned officers. With this end in view, the secretary of war directs:”

Will Separate Sergeants.

“a) Division and other commanders will bring to the attention of organization commanders the great importance of improving the status of non commissioned officers, particularly of sergeants, and of perfecting their training to the highest possible degree.”

“b) In as far as is consistent with facilities available, arrangements will be made to separate sergeants from other enlisted men in quarters and mess.”

“(c) Sergeants will be extended special privileges whenever possible.”

“(d) Their duties and responsibilities will be thoroughly represented to them, by means of lectures, school course with their immediate commanders.”

Encourage to Study.

“(e) They will be encouraged to study all subjects connected with their profession, and, in order to accomplish the desired ends, officers will assist them in every possible way.”

“(f) It is desired to make the sergeant realize that his position is a responsible one, and to inculcate in him the habit of command. He should be encouraged to vie his ideas freely when called upon to do so by his officers.”

“(g) Intimate association between non-commissioned officers and privates will not be tolerated. Orders will be issued in all organizations for bidding non-commissioned officers, and particularly sergeants, from being on terms of familiarity with privates and other enlisted men.”

Orders Further Explained

“Regimental and separate organization commanders will take the action necessary to insure that the requirements of this order are strictly observed.”

“Company, troop and battery commanders are especially charged with providing for the changes required under (b) and (g). These commanders will also be charged chiefly with the provisions of (a), (c), (e) and (f): but under (c) no deviation from pass and furlough privileges prescribed by division orders will be authorized.”

“In furtherance of (a) and (d), provision will shortly be made from division headquarters for courses of advanced instruction for sergeants, including tactical walks or rides, platoon leading, etc.”

Camp Cody- Trench And Camp Newspaper – Date Unknown


September 8, 2018

Oh! You Sandstorm Division

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:52 pm

By Robert J. Meeker – Ordnance Depot.

We’ve trained in the desert; we’ve eaten our pound
Of the sand – and perhaps some to boot;
But month after month we’ve been stepping around,
Learning drill, and the best way to shoot;
Till we’re ready and waiting and anxious to go
To the place that is nearest the Rhine –
Then we’ll show them the men old Camp Cody produced.
While we make them a new boundary line.

When the last notes of recall have sounded the news
That the battle of death has been won,
When we’ve captured Berlin and the kaiser is dead
And a guard is behind every Hun;
When divisions victorious number their dead,
And medals are given to men;
In short, when the Glory is handed around,
You’ll hear from the Thirty-Fourth then.

Camp Cody- Trench And Camp Newspaper


September 2, 2018

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico by April Seybert

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:37 am

Deming High School Student writes about Historical Landmark in 1988

Camp Cody was a WW1 training camp. It was built in July 1917 in October. On December 5, 1918 it was ordered to be demobilized. The camp was sold to the Deming Chamber of Commerce and then donated to the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The information on this camp was given to me by the public library with the help of Fred Darby and the Sawers family.

The camp was located in the health zone which extended northwest of Deming, in an irregular shape, for about one and a quarter miles north and south. It covered approximately 1,800 acres when completed.

The camp was established to train soldiers for WW1 and was laid out in regular military fashion. All of the streets were graded and topped with a three-inch dressing of gravel.

There were nearly 200 mess houses with the capacity of 250 men. More than 1,200 shower bath houses were built, one at the end of each company street. Eleven enormous warehouses were scattered across the camp. They stored food, clothing and other necessities for a army of 36,000 men, enough to maintain a camp for 30 days. There also was one post office and five large YMCA’s located throughout the camp. They YMCA’s held recreation activities for the soldiers.

When the camp was first built, there was a regimental hospital with the capacity of 12 beds. After the camp was completed, another hospital was built with a 600 bed capacity.

The men were housed in tents, 6,000 were provided. They were floored, framed and equipped for electrical lights and for heating during cold weather. There was also a gigantic remount station that cared for 10,000 mules and horses. They also had loading platforms, corrals and a complete equipped vet hospital.

The one and only school in the camp taught the arts of horseshoeing, care of animals, pack train and pack wagon procedures.

The government built over five miles of railroad. Every warehouse was supplied with track on two sides.

Two million gallons of water was needed daily. The entire water supply was carried in two enormous wooden tanks, each with a capacity of 100,000 gallons.

Fire plugs were placed every 400 feet throughout the camp. Eighteen hose carts each with 500 feet of four-inch hose, were place in the four fire districts.

The young soldiers were mostly from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and North and South Dakota. They only way to keep in touch with their families was to write. A writing utensil, paper, envelope and a two-cent stamp were all they was needed to mail a letter.

The YMCA was a good way for the trainees not to feel homesick. There they could practice boxing. Other sports included track meets, baseball and swimming in the company pool. Another form of recreation was the “Chautauqua” which was held under a huge tent. Excellent programs could be seen for only ten cents.

Camp Cody had a very good health rate. The only thing that hurt the camp was an epidemic of pneumonia. It killed many soldiers before they had a chance to go to war.

The Victory Health Creed given to the Camp Cody boys had strict rules to obey. It included that they shall:

1. Not cough or sneeze in one’s face or on food.

2. Not spit on the floor.

3. Not require or seek to go on “sick report.”

4. Brush teeth after meals and bedtime.

5. Not pick nose with fingers.

6. Dusty hikes should place handkerchief over nose and mouth.
7. Wash hands before meals or in mouth.

8. Not adopt strange dogs or pet one.

9. Not eat food exposed on public stands.

10. Not wet fingers when dealing cards.

11. Not put pencil in mouth to wet it.

12. Keep skin clean with soap and water.

13. Not wash clothes in dirty water.

14. Not use towel or toilet articles of others.

15. Not rub eyes with dirty hands.

16. Not have pictures tattooed on skin.

Desert Winds Magazine – July 1988


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