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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

December 12, 2015

Grant County Men Head to Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Uncategorized — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:46 pm

Seventy-six more men, called Into the military service, of the United States under the selective service law, will en-train Saturday, May 25th, for Camp Cody, Deming. The complete list of men, summoned to make up the increment was announced yesterday by the local board for Grant county.

On the 29th another contingent, 10 in number, summoned for service in the Signal Corps, will leave Silver City for Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and on June 1, a third company will en-train here for Camp Lee, Petersburg, Va., this special quota of men being selected for service as expert stock handlers. – “Santa Fe New Mexican – 25 May 1918

July 11, 2015

Camp Cody Will Be Open To Public

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:26 pm

For the first time in eight months Camp Cody will, on Saturday, be thrown open to the public. This will permit the people of Deming and adjacent towns to attend the ball game between the famous Chicago Cubs and Santa Rita. The same privilege will be extended on Sunday when the picked team of the 34th division will play the Cubs. Assurances to this effect were given by General A. P. Blockson, division commander today. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, April 5, 1918

July 4, 2015

Camp Cody School for Cooks and Bakers Will Soon Turn Out 1,000 Grads

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:36 pm

Major A. M. Milton, officer in charge of the bakery companies, and schools for mess sergeants, bakers and cooks, in the southern department, has left here following his monthly inspection in which he found everything here in fine shape. He went from here to Columbus, New Mexico, and to Douglas, Arizona, where portions of bakery companies are stationed.

The schools here which have been conducted under command of Captain Oursler, have been temporary in nature, intended only to instruct mess sergeants, cooks and bakers for the 34th division. It is rumored, however, that permanent schools may be established here. No confirmation is obtainable.

The school which has been in progress for some time is about to close. Examination papers are in hand as a result about 1,000 cooks, bakers and mess sergeants will be turned out as finished products within the next few days. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, May 21, 1918

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