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September 14, 2019

Soldiers at Camp Cody to Be Protected Under Civil Relief Act

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Uncategorized — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:36 pm

The soldiers of the 34th division will be offered the protection of their civil rights under the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief act, have been invoked for the protection of the soldiers of Camp Cody, as is explained in the following memorandum issued by division headquarters.

“The insurance feature of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief act provides for the protection of as much as $5,000 of the insurance which was applied for and premium paid on prior to September 1, 1917, by any person now in the military service.”

“This applies to contracts of insurance with only those insurance companies or associations which are required by the law under which they are organized or doing business to maintain a reserve, or, which if not so required, have made provision for the collection from all those insured in such insurer of a premium to cover the special war risk of those insured persons who are in the military service.”

“Insurance contracts protected by this act will not be allowed to lapse while the insured is in the military service, and he will have one year after the termination of his service, or, if he is in the service at the close of the war, he will have one year after the termination of the war, in which to repay any amounts advanced for the protection of his insurance.”

“Additional information and the necessary applications may be obtained at the insurance department of the division adjutant’s office, mess hall 4, section 5.”

“All officers and enlisted men are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to protect their insurance.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, April 21, 1918


1st South Dakota Infantry at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

August 18, 2018

Vestige of Camp Cody by C. A. Gustafson – Part 3 of 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 2:29 pm

Five ditching machines were engaged in the undertaking. Major Fred Simonds, contracting quartermaster, recruited Mexican labor at twenty-five cents an hour for an eight-hour day. A ten-hour shift yielded time and a half for two hours.

The camp’s water requirements amounted to two million gallons daily. In the event of fire, an auxiliary plant was utilized to pump heavy quantities for short periods. Storage of water was contained in two huge wooden tanks, each with a capacity of 100,000 gallons.

As the 34th division was building itself to full strength in mid 1918, downtown Deming was peaking in its wartime prosperity. There were eight theaters in the traditional business section. A proliferation of billiard parlors, soft-drink establishments, lunch counters and novelty stores dotted the area. Watermelon stands offered the ripe-red fruit, packed in ice. A nickel bought a U-EAR-UM pie with a scoop of ice cream.

War is mankind’s most wasteful enterprise. It is lavish in its execution; it is wasteful in it aftermath. The half-million dollar sewer system in Camp Cody was hardly finished when World War One ended. Orders were issued to disconnect and abandon the network.

Today, the spillway remains in formidable condition after ninety-plus years. As it lies on private property, anyone considering a visit to it is advised to request permission from the owners. Guard dogs keep a watchful eye on the area.

Another viable relic of the Camp Cody days lies a little west of North Eighth Street. It is a swimming pool that was used by the soldiers. Only the skeletal ruins remain, also on private property. (The pool was removed in January of 2018.)


July 28, 2018

Camp Cody Gets Official Order for Demobilization of Troops – Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 5:28 pm

Camp Is To Be Salvaged and Abandoned, Says Order Received by Brig. General Lindsay From Adjutant General of Army at Washington; Men Are To Be Transferred or Discharged in Accordance With Orders.

Transfer Prior to Discharge.

“All enlisted men at your camp eligible for discharge, who entered the military service at a point east of a line running through Camp Funston, Kansas and Camp Travis, Texas, will be organized into detachments according to states and will be sent for discharge to the camp in or near their respective states.”

“A copy of these instructions will be sent with each detachment and will constitute the authority for their discharge from military service.”

“Officers will be disposed of as provided for in general instructions from this office.”

To Abandon Camp.

“You will proceed at the same time to salvage and abandon Camp Cody and will disposed of all supplies and transportation except those pertaining to the base hospital, in accordance with instructions received from the chief of supply departments concerned.”

(Signed) “Harris, Adjt. Gen.”

Captain W. B. Hankla, commanding the personnel branch, says it will take until after January 1 to carry out these orders. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, December 2, 1918


At Least Two Camps May Be Permanent Post

Although orders have been issued for the abandonment of the 15 big tent camps, it was learned at the war department that this was not to be taken to mean that the sites have been definitely rejected as possible locations for permanent military posts. On the contrary, at least two of them are known to be under consideration in this connection. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, December 2, 1918


May 26, 2018

New Division of Draft Army Ordered Formed At Camp Cody

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 3:08 pm

In announcing today that the organization of three new army divisions has been ordered, General March, chief of staff, stated that one division will be formed at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico. The new division will be the 97th. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, September 7, 1918


May 19, 2018

New Methodist Tabernacle Opens in Deming On Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 3:56 pm

Sunday evening is set at the time for the formal opening of the new Methodist tabernacle on Iron avenue in Deming. From 6 to 7 pm a reception will be held by the pastor, Rev J. B. Bell, with Mrs. Bell and the official board of the church. Refreshments will be served and orchestra of the 127th heavy field artillery will furnish the music. A flag drill by school children will be a feature. Address by different camp pastors, chaplains from Camp Cody and representatives of the Y. M. C. A. will be made.

The tabernacle cost $3,500 and has a seating capacity of 800 people. It also has a large social room, well equipped. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, March 9, 1918


Tabernacle Church – Deming, New Mexico

February 3, 2018

Moral Atmosphere in and About Deming is Very Much Improved

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 4:28 pm

Considerable improvement in the moral atmosphere, of Deming and vicinity was noted by First Lieutenant Edwin W. Miller, sanitary corps, who is one of the men responsible for “cleaning up” the towns in the vicinity of training camps.

Things here looked very good, he said, after having spent two days looking over the situation and consulting with local men will in touch with underworld activities. Bootlegging and prostitution apparently have been reduced to a large extent, he found, while the venereal record of Camp Cody, as shown by figures published by the surgeon general’s office, is comparatively low.

Conditions in Texas are much better now than they have been, Lieutenant Miller said. Prior to coming here he worked in Waco and Dallas, in each of which places a cleanup has resulted. Five men now are working in the Texas field.

Lieutenant Miller is one of the members of the special force working under command of Major Bascom Johnson, but attached to the office of the surgeon general, their duties being to ferret out bootlegging, prostitution and other vicious influences in communities near training camps. He works in close conjunction with the community board on training camp activities. While here he spent considerable time with Myron A. Kesner, local representative of the community board. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 16 1918


October 7, 2017

Legal Profession Is Well Represented at Camp Cody Military Camp

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 3:47 pm

Every profession and occupation is more or less well represented in Camp Cody and not lagging behind the others is the legal profession. Not all the lawyers who enlisted “went after” commissions, either, though many of those who are now numbered in the enlisted personnel of the division doubtless have shown have shown fitness to hold them and may obtain them through the medium of the training school now in operation.

With the installation of a small but excellent law library in connection with the A. L. A. Librarian William H. Powers made an effort to get in touch with the lawyers in the camp so as to inform them that the books were at their disposal, wither for reference in the library, or, should they desire to continue their studies, to be withdrawn and used in the same manner as any other book in the library. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 19, 1918


Camp Cody Library

September 23, 2017

Laboratory Students to Aid Sick at Camp Cody

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 4:28 pm

E. J. Heine and R. H. G. Grote, soldier students from the Yale army laboratory school of Yale university, have arrived at the base hospital to assist in laboratory work for soldiers from overseas. Others will follow in a few days. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, December 28, 1918


November 12, 2016

One of Camp Cody Soldier’s Songs

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

Marching Through Deutschland

(Tune “Marching Through Georgia”)

Bring the good old bugle boys we’ll sing another song,
Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along,
Sing it as we’re going to sing two million voices strong,
When we go marching through Deutschland.

– – Chorus – – –

Hurrah! Hurrah; we’ll wreck the Kaiser’s throne,
Hurrah! Hurrah! the crowned heads they will moan,
for they’ll see some charging done like they have never known
When we go marching through Deutschland.

Our navy has the men and boats to sink their submarines,
We’ll shoot off all their periscopes we’ll use our men and means,
We’ll drive the kaiser from his throne and feed him pork and beans
When we go marching through Deutschland.

Our army wears the olive drab you’ll find they are no joke,
They’ll shoot the Germans full of holes and blow them up in smoke,
And when the Kaiser sees us come I think that he will croak
When we go marching through Deutschland.

The volunteers will do their part to win this world-wide war
For they will be there at the front to do their share and more,
We’ll drive the Germans out of France and charge them with a roar,
When we go marching through Deutschland.

Here at Camp Cody we’ve a bunch to man the Vickers gun,
Who when we reach the German trench think it will be great fun,
To drive the Kaiser’s minions out and shoot them as they run,
When we go marching through Deutschland.

Now Kaiser Bill if you don’t think that we mean what we say,
Just keep on with your dirty work until we reach the fray,
For when you find it is too late you will bemoan the day,
When we go marching through Deutschland.

Pvt. Floyd W. Worlley
Company A 127th Machine Gun Battalion
Camp Cody, New Mexico

November 6, 2016

Funeral of Corporal Leete at Camp Cody

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:23 am

When the funeral service of Corporal James Hervey Leete, Co. B, 109th military police, was held Wednesday afternoon it proved to be one of the most unique ceremonies of its kind in the history of Camp Cody. Men from almost every organization in the Thirty-fourth division were present to pay their last respects to the departed soldier. Leete was on his fourth enlistment when he died. Prior to being transferred to the military police he was a member of Co. L, Second Iowa infantry, and after that regiment was broken up, was transferred to Co. C, 127th machine gun battalion. When part of that organization was scattered through the camp to make room for the men of the First South Dakota cavalry, he as taken into the military police. When news of his death went around, the old members of L company, of the old Iowa regiment, determined to attend the funeral in a body. Obtaining leave from the numerous organizations to which they belonged, the men got together in company formation and followed the casket to the railroad depot. In addition the company to which Leete belonged at the time of his death, attended the funeral. Corporal Leete was a man of unusual popularity. Although he was a man of who had talent enough to have been advanced to a commission, he is said to have refused to try for higher rank, though offered the opportunity several time, preferring to remain in the ranks. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, April 6, 1918


Camp Cody – Deming, NM – Panel 6 of 6

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