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June 17, 2017

Grenade Kills Camp Cody Officer

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:28 pm

Lieutenant Olaf Damm Is Killed in Accident

A hand grenade, accidentally thrown into a trench yesterday, exploded and killed First Lieutenant Olaf B. Damm, company G, 136th infantry. A non-commissioned officer who was standing by him while a squad was practicing bomb throwing, was taken to the hospital with a severe case of shock. He was not wounded, however.

After the explosion, a brother of the dead officer, Lieutenant George B. Damm, ran to the trench and called for his brother. The non-commissioned officer, crawling out of the dust and smoke, pointed to a huddle of cloth and torn flesh.

Lieutenant Damm and the non-com were standing in the short side of an L shaped trench, watching the effect of grenades thrown by the squad in the long side. It is supposed one of the bombers made a bad throw and the grenade veered off to the short trench. The non-commissioned officer is said to have seen it coming and to have shouted a warning as he dropped to the bottom of the trench.

The Lieutenants Damm were formerly Minnesota national guard officers and had been at Camp Cody a long time. Their parents, who had been visiting them, left for their home in Austin, Minnesota a few hours before the accident. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – August 21, 1918


Three Camp Cody Soldiers


January 9, 2016

New Construction Quartermaster Arrives In Camp Cody Sunday

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:28 pm

Rumors of impending improvements at Camp Cody received confirmation Sunday with the arrival of Major Frederick P. Simonds, who has been appointed constructing quartermaster. The improvements contemplated will involve an expenditure of approximately one million dollars. This includes no new barracks, no orders for such work having been received as yet, it was stated by Lt. Co. W. H. Raymond, chief of staff.

The chief of staff said that the improvements would include increase in the Camps water system which will guarantee a heavy increase in the amount of water available for use, particularly at the new base hospital. There also will be several new wards built at the new base hospital. Another very importint Item will be and installation of a complete sewer system. – From “Deming Headlight – March 8, 1918

January 3, 2016

34th Division At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:14 pm

South Dakota:
1st Regiment Cavalry

Headquarters 1st Minnesota Brigade
1st, 2nd, 3rd Minnesota Infantry
Minn. Field Hospital and Ambulance Companies No. 1.

North Dakota:
1st Regiment Infantry
Field Hospital Co. No 1

Iowa: Hqs. 1st Iowa Brigade,
1st and 2nd Iowa Infantry;
1st Squadron Iowa Cavalry;
1st Iowa Field Artillery;
1st Iowa Engineers
Co. C. Iowa Signal Corps.
Iowa  Field Hospitals and Ambulance Companies
1st Battalion Iowa Engineers
Iowa Ammunition Train

Nebraska Infantry Nos. 1 and 2;
4th and 5th Infantry. B, Signal Corps.

Division composed of following organizations:

69th, 70th Infantry Brigade,
137th 138th 139, 140th, Infantry Regiments
129th, 130th, Machine Gun Bns.
128th Div. Machine Gun Bn,
119th Engineer Regiment and Train
11oth, Field Signal Bn.
110th Train Hq. and M.P.
110th Supply Train,
110th Ammunition Train
110th Sanitary Train
137th, 138th 139, 140th Ambulance Companies And Field Hospitals.

December 26, 2015

Letter From Camp Cody. New Mexico, November 19, 1917

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:50 pm

Dear Folks at Home

Well I finely got down here, landing Thursday, and it is sure some ride, believe me but I stood the trip fine and enjoyed it as there were 565 in the bunch, so a fellow couldn’t get lonesome. In our sleeping car. there were 48 men, we got our meals on the train. They let us off once in a while for exercise, generally in the larger towns. We didn’t get very much to eat coming, but I guess it is better for one when on a long trip. Our feed consisted of corned beef, canned tomatoes, coffee and bread and got food three times a day. When we stopped in towns we were not allowed to go to the stores to buy anything to eat, so there were porters on the train that we bought food from. Of course we had to pay more for it. A pie costing 30 cents, but two or three of us went to together on them so it didn’t cost so much. We surely did get tired of the same thing over and over again. One of the boys that I chummed with had fruit and fried chicken along and he shared with me. He is a tine fellow and we are still together but can’t tell how long it will be. We are liable to be transferred any day, so can’t send you any permanent address until we hear.

Well this is some place. Of course we haven’t seen much of it yet. It is altogether different from Camp Dodge. We are all in tents, nine men in a tent, and it seems as though that is all we can see. But don’t think we are going to freeze. Oh no. The climate here is as warm as summer time up home, but the nights are cool. The climate is fine but the country is a little wild. Sage brush and cactus is about all that can be found here, and its pretty lonesome at times but guess we can stand it. We are two miles from Deming. I wish I could have taken some pictures on the way down. We saw about 1,000 acres of land I wouldn’t take as a gift. It is very hilly and dry and it beats all the poor people living there. I don’t believe they have enough money to get away from there, or I am sure they would.

If you take the map you can trace our trip. We took the Wabash to Kansas City, then the Santa Fe to Deming. Tell pa we got to see the country around Amarillo. We got off there and went down town, It’s a nice place and they raise good crops but farming would be better if the ground had more moisture. We also saw the oil wells in Kansas. From Elderato to Augusta was great. There were thousands of them and one would think that gas and oil would be as cheap as water but it is as high as at home. We are 1500 miles from home. The boys that have been here for several months are awfully brown and expect that is the way we will look. There is no end to sand here. I don’t wonder that Iowa land is so high. There is so much waste land here.

Well folks I’d like to write more of the country if I could. I must tell you that our time is one hour and fifteen minutes faster than down here. I had to set my watch back, Well folks I am fine and dandy. The water here is good and the meals are better than at Camp Dodge. Don’t worry as Chuck is all right. With longing thoughts to all.

Charles Wilke
59 Depot Brigade.
14 Training Co.
Camp Cody, Deming. N. M

from “Iowa Recorder” 5/12/1917.

December 20, 2015


Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:31 pm

What is known as the auxiliaries of the army are very important In the welfare and fitting of the soldier for duty. The auxiliaries are the Red Cross, Jewish Welfare Board1 1. 31. C. A.. Knights of Columbus, Salvation army and kindred organizations and their work In furnishing amusement, recreation, advice. assistance of all kinds, make them indispensable to this army of ours.

Associated In the work of these dif­ferent organizations are some of our most celebrated men and women; ministers, speakers, athletic directors, singers, actors and actresses and many others; in fact they have enlisted the best talent of the United States in the interest5 of the American soldier. In the base hospital these organization have the added task of working with those who are sick as well as with those in good health.

The work they are doing in cheering up those of our boys who are on the sick list cannot be praised too highly. – Deming Headlight – Sept 1918

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

December 5, 2015

23,000 Soldiers Now At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:54 pm

On his return to Santa Fe Wednesday from Camp Cody, where he reviewed, 14,000 soldiers on Saturday., Governor W.E. Lindsey declared that the health of the men, 23,000 are in camp, appears excellent, and morale splendid.

On Saturday evening Governor Lindsey witnessed a bayonet drill conducted by an English sergeant, who had spent two and a half years on the French battle front, and the governor was impressed with the new system of killing Germans. The drill is quite different from the general idea  of the use of the bayonet gleaned from stories of other wars.

Governor Lindsey said that the plan to have a school in which to teach the Spanish-American sufficient English to understand the orders as well as the rules of camp has been approved. There are 1,000 men of New Mexico now at Camp Cody. – The Silver City Enterprise – July 5, 1918

November 21, 2015

Camp Cody’s 68th Brigade Goes On Hike

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 11:03 pm

Men and Trains March Toward Tyrone for 9 days practice.

Col. Erle D. Luce commanding took a 9 day hike staying at Sand Spur 4 miles east of Tyrone, then to Whitewater. Other points passed well be Spaulding, Faywood Station, and Apache Tejo. Ed. Note: Spaulding is also Spalding

Brigade consists of 135th and 136th Infantry and the 127th Machine Gun Battalion. Other commanders Col. N.P. Hyatt of 109th Headquarters Train. Lt. Col. R. M. Pederson of the 2nd Ambulance Companies and Field Hospital. Co. – “Trench and Camp  May 23, 1918” by “El Paso Herald Post”

August 24, 2015

First of Camp Cody Field Meet Series

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:24 pm

The first of what is intended to be a series of division field meets was held last Saturday afternoon in the stadium athletic field, being attended by a majority of the men of the division. The athletes of the second section, composed of the 135th and 136th infantry regiments, 127th machine gun battalion and the 125th machine gun battalion, won first place with a total of 47 points. The first section, composed of the 133rd and 136th infantry, 126th machine gun battalion and 109th field signal battalion, was second with 27 points. The third section, composed of the units if the 59th Field artillery brigade, was third with 19 points, while fourth place fell to the fourth section, composed of the Yucca avenue units.

As a whole, the meet moved off with swiftness and without unpleasantness, except in the case of the third section tug of war team which did not pull, owing to failure to be called. It was explained that the event had been called and the team did not come forward to pull. Therefore when, after the meet was over and attempt was made by the team manager to get a chance to pull, the effort was met with disfavor. In the 100-yard dash, Probasco, battery E, 126th field artillery, won first place: Marken, 127th machine gun battalion, second: Gates, 133rd field hospital, third.

Cross-Country Run

In the cross-country run, Tomsche, 109th field signal battalion, came in first, being followed by J. D. Peterson, 135th field hospital, and Barnes, 127th machine gun battalion. In the order named Peterson collapsed after crossing the line, but soon revived and was none the worst for the run. 220-yard dash was won by Baxter, 126th field artillery, with McPike, of the same. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 1, 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

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