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December 24, 2016

Dinner In Compliment to New Camp Cody Chief

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:56 pm

In compliment to Brigadier General John A. Johnston, General and Mrs. R. L. Howze entertained with a dinner party at Harvey’s Friday night. The personnel included Lieutenant and Mrs. James F. Hodgson, Lieutenant C. D. Ryan, Major W. G. Muller and Miss Harriet Howze. After dinner, the party attended a local theater.

General Johnston is the new commander for Camp Cody and was in El Paso en route to his new station. He is an old time friend of General Howze, the district commander of the El Paso patrol district. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, June 1, 1918

December 17, 2016

General Blocksom Leaves Camp Cody Friends

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:49 pm

“Sandstorm” Division Regrets His Going; Officers Bid Him Goodbye.

Brigadier General A. P. Blocksom, who has been in command of the 34th division here continuously since the forces here began to congregate, except something over two months when he was overseas, left Tuesday night for San Francisco, there to take boat for Honolulu, where he will take command of Hawaiian department of regular army. His departure brought unanimous expressions of regret from both officers and men, as he was personally popular with all. His democratic and always frank manner made the entire personnel of the division his personal friends.

Officers Bid Him Goodbye.

On Tuesday at noon the officers in camp who could possible get away from duty called at division headquarters and paid their respects to the departing commander. A little later the division staff officers gave him a farewell luncheon in the division officers mess hall near headquarters. The luncheon was served by the Harvey house of Deming. The luncheon was purely informal, with no speech making, but genuine feeling of mutual friendship and regret pervaded the little affair, which meant to many a parting which the fortunes of war mean forever.

Gives Farewell Order.

Before leaving General Blocksom issued general orders No. 45, which speak his feelings of deep regret at leaving and appreciation of his officers and men. The orders follow:

“On changing station, the division commander desires to express appreciation of loyal cooperation by officers and men of Camp Cody in hard but profitable work done during many months past.”

“He is confident that if fate permits, the “Sandstorm” division will do its full duty and fight with skill, valor and persistence on many foreign fields.”

Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander 59th field artillery brigade here, as nest in rank, assumes command of the division until the arrival of the new commander, Major General J. A. Johnston, from Camp Travis, Texas. General Mauldin commanded here while General Blocksom was abroad. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 8, 1918

December 10, 2016

General Blocksom Goes to Hawaii From Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:17 pm

General Mauldin, Next to Rank at Cody; Washington Hasn’t Named Chief

Major General A. P. Blocksom, commander of the 34th division here, received a wire from Washington Friday afternoon informing him that he was to go to Honolulu and take command of the troops in the Hawaiian islands as a brigadier general in the regular army. The general stated that he could not say exactly when he would depart for his new post.

No information was given out as the who will succeed General Blocksom here, but Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander of the 59th field artillery brigade here, is the next in rank.

It was said at division headquarters on Friday that no orders had been issued from the war department as to General Mauldin’s being transferred to the coast artillery with his regular army rank of colonel and that the report published recently in the Army and Navy Journal to that effect had been denied.

Brigadier General H. A. Allen, commander of the 67th infantry brigade, is the only other general now in this division. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday April 21, 1918

Blocksom Will Succeed General Wisser, Who Retires

Brigadier General John P. Wisser, United States military commander in Hawaii, has been retired from active service and will return to his home at Berkeley, California, it was announced here today. He is to be succeeded by Brigadier General August Blocksom, now stationed at Camp Cody, New Mexico, according to official orders. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday April 21, 1918

December 5, 2016

Camp Cody Gas School is An Interesting Place To Visit

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:47 am

Cody Soldiers Get Practically Same Experience Found in Battles.

The chemical warfare service of Camp Cody is one of very great importance and interest. It is the only school of instruction that deals with defensive warfare alone. Those who attend learn self protection alone, and it is obligatory upon at least one officer and two noncoms, usually three or four in every company or small unit, to become familiar with the chemical warfare service. Careful notes are taken at all scientific lectures and blackboard instruction by the officers of the careful use of the gas mask, the discovery of the presence of harmful gases, day and night, alarms to be given and methods of self protection to be employed.

There are two gas chambers that all overseas soldiers must pass through, whether they take the full instruction or not. There are two kinds of gas, chlorine and lachrymal or tear gas, one may be classified as asphyxiating and the other as tear producing, although a dozen different gases may be employed for either. The chloride of tin, or smoke gas, is not a pleasant thing to encounter, even in the open.

Go Gassing at Night.

From time to time the instructors take their classes on night marches of several miles, gassing them with bombs and every conceivable method,  much the same as they might encounter on the western front. The first man to detect gas gives the alarm and all hands don masks in double quick time.

When in the vicinity of the trenches light bombs or sky rockets are exploded to guide those receiving the instruction. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, October 25, 1918

November 22, 2016

Further Insurance Information for the Men at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:01 pm

The attention of officers and men in Camp Cody again was called to the special provision made for their protection under the soldiers’ and sailors’ civil relief act, which will permit them to carry without lapsing, policies carried by them prior to their entrance into the service. A division memorandum, issued by Captain C. A. Krauss, acting division adjutant, says:

“Did You Carry Life Insurance Before You Entered the Military Service?”

Attention is again called to the soldiers’ and sailors’ civil relief act concerning life insurance of men and officers in military service. Many soldiers are daily availing themselves of the opportunity for carrying protection under this arrangement, and no one should allow any insurance policy to lapse until he has fully investigated the benefits of this act. The insurance department of the division adjutant office, located in mess hall 4, section 5 will furnish any information desired and blanks for application may be filled out here. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 16, 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

October 29, 2016

French Officers on Way to Training Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:17 pm

W. A Greiard, of the French mission, and Edward Lyman Bill, of Paris, both members of the French armies arrived in El Paso Friday night and registered at Hotel Paso del Norte. It was said that Grelard is en route to Camp Cody to give instruction in artillery to soldiers and officers there, while Mr. Bill proceeds to unknown points in California. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, February 9, 1918

October 22, 2016

French Grenade Man Comes to Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:38 pm

Lieut. Jean Jagou, of the French army, with two and a half years’ service at the front in his country, is the latest arrival here of the French officers to instruct the soldiers of this camp. His specialty is grenades. He comes from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he has been for the past four months as an instructor. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 26-27, 1918

October 15, 2016

Fourth Officers’ Training School Opened at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:13 pm

Some 500 Aspiring Candidates for Commissions Are in Attendance

The fourth officers’ training school opened in Camp Cody yesterday morning with about 500 aspiring candidates for commissions, drawn from the organizations stationed here, in attendance. After being received at the school by Lieutenant Colonel George W. Ball, the commanding officer, and Captain Walter A. Meyers, the adjutant, the students were divided into the training organizations in which they will drill through the strenuous weeks which must elapse between now and their graduation.

The work of “getting ready to start” occupied most of yesterday and the real work of the school will not begin until today. The students, while assembled, were given a short talk by Colonel Ball on the course and the value of concentration upon their studies.

Not only the student officers, but the instructors as well are as fine a body of men as could be found anywhere, Colonel Ball and his officers have a right to fell proud of the personnel gathered under their command for the duration of the course of instruction. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 16, 1918

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