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March 31, 2019

Privileges of Camp Cody Men are Curtailed by New Regulation

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:46 am

By virtue of a memorandum order issued from headquarters of the 34th division, commanding officers of organizations were instructed to curtail the privileges of enlisted men sleeping out of the camp to the same basis as the officers; they will not be allowed to sleep at the homes in the town more than two nights out of each week, the other five having to be spent in camp. However, the enlisted men were granted a little more latitude than is granted the officers, as the order says it is not to be interpreted as doing away with the existing pass privileges up to 11 o’clock at night, when not involving absence from duty. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 1, 1918


What Deming Looked Like During WW1

March 23, 2019

6113 Drafted Men Arrive at Camp Cody, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:03 pm

Captain Delos Walker, head of the 34th division personnel office, stated on Monday morning that at 6 pm Sunday there had arrived in camp 6113 of the 7063 draft men who were to come here; also, that they were continuing to straggle in. From different states those in stood as follows: Arizona, 1248 men; New Mexico, 853; Colorado, 1805, and from Texas, 2207.

On Sunday Major E. S. Bullock and his corps of surgeons made a record in making the necessary medical examination of 1800 men. Major Bullock stated that he had not kept the exact figures on the men given their surgeons’ certificate of disability, but that he did not think the total would be more than 5 per cent, which he considered a good showing. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, June 4, 1918


March 17, 2019

“Sandstorm Division” May Be New Name for Camp Cody’s Thirty-Fourth

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:18 pm

The name “Sunshine” having been preempted, Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymong, chief of staff of the 34th division, has suggested the name of “Sandstorm” be attached to it. This suggestion, embodied in a memorandum issued Friday, will be voted on by the division. The memorandum, which gives the reasons for the name, follows:

“It is necessary to find a new name for this division, as the term “Sunshine” has been per-empted. For an effective appellation and one, at the same time, that shall be always reminiscent of our stay in Deming, it has been suggested that we call ourselves “The Sandstorm Division.”

“While the new name will always remind us of some of the most persistent climatic peculiarities of Camp Cody, it is not to any facetious suggestions the term “sandstorm” may inspire that your attention is directed. There is the persistence of the sandstorm, its power, its overwhelming nature. When it arises in its might, even the most violent of men are subdued and seek shelter.

“All, too, know the potency of the sandblast. Before it the most obdurate of substances give way. It will back its way into the heart of the most resisting of metal.

“The Sandstorm Division” – the term furnishes a fitting and effective allegory of all that the 34th division aspires to be. Shall the term be adopted? You are requested to turn in your answers, Yes or No, to these headquarters before 4 pm. Saturday, April 20, 1918. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, April 21, 1918


The Sandstorm Division

March 9, 2019

Col. Elliott M. Norton now commanding Camp Cody’s 387th Infantry

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:21 pm

Colonel Elliott M. Norton, former commander of the sixth infantry, fifth division overseas, is now commanding the 387th Infantry.

For six months Col. Norton had an intimate relationship with the real fighting game, a portion of the time in the St. Miheil sector, Montfancon, Cunel Romange, etc. He has been in the regular army since 1900 and has served in the Philippines many times, a part of time with General Pershing.

The 387th has scored 100 percent four consecutive weeks. Twice it was “cited for unusual bravery in action” by being counted the best in camp.

Men who have been drilling two weeks in the 387th look like men of two month’s service. They have punch and pep. – Deming Graphic Newspaper – November 29, 1918


Army Truck at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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