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January 5, 2019

Train Kills Men Near Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:47 pm

Auto Driver and Three Soldiers Caught on Crossing by S. P. Freight

Walter G. McClure, driver of a service car; Vern Kinnaman and Roy V. Kinnaman, brothers, soldiers in the 134th ambulance company, and Leo McGrath, soldier in the 135th ambulance company, were killed Friday evening at 6:30 o’clock, when the automobile in which they were riding from Camp Cody to Deming was struck by a Southern Pacific fruit express train at a crossing.

Richard A. Smith and Robert Carlton, two other soldiers in the auto, were injured, but will recover, it is thought.

The Kinnaman brothers’ home was at Walthill, Nebraska, and McGrath lived at St. Paul, Minnesota. The injured men were also from St. Paul.

Driver From Texas

McGrath’s neck was broken and McClure was dragged under the train to instant death. Roy Kinnaman lived only ten minutes after the accident and his brother, Vern, lived only an hour, both being taken to the base hospital quickly.

Driver McClure came to Deming from Cedar Park, Texas, a week ago. He is survived by his mother and also by two children. He had only begun to drive the service car on Friday, it was said. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – August 3, 1918

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Train Kills Men Near Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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