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Camp Dix Pictorial Review - 20 February 1918



Photo by Roshon. Copyrighted 1918. All rights reserved  - THE TANK “BRITANNIA” IN OPERATION AT CAMP DIX - Going through a barn, in the middle picture; Capt. Haig and a group in front of tank; and the interior of the barn after the tank had passed through.


LIEUT. COL. HENRY N. COOTES - Chief of Staff, Camp Dix - A popular officer, who rose from the ranks. He joined the colors at the start of the Spanish-American War, liked the Army, and remained with it until selected by General Scott to be his Chief of Staff. The Army evidently liked him, as he has been assigned to a number of duties calling for real military ability, tact and diplomacy.


MAJOR GENERAL HUGH L. SCOTT - Commander of 78th Division, Camp Dix - On January 2, 1918, General Scott became commander of this Camp. Former Chief of Staff, member of the Root Commission to Russia, Indian fighter and blessed with an all-around military experience that places him in the forefront of American commanders.


LIEUT. COL. WAIT C. JOHNSON - Assistant Chief of Staff, Camp Dix - An officer who left college in the call of the Spanish-American War, became a sergeant, was commissioned a second lieutenant, decided to remain in the service continuously, and has risen from one higher rank to another. He knows everybody, never forgets anything—not even to a smile. Coupled with his duties as Assistant Chief of Staff, he is Division Athletic Officer.


Officers of the Camp Dix Military Police—Colonel Battle, Commanding Officer, in the Center



  • 1—A Branch YMCA
  • 2—The Red Cross Building.
  • 3—Where Camp and Farm Meet.
  • 4—The Hostess House.
  • 5—The Liberty Theatre.
  • 6—303d Engineers’ House.
  • 7, 8 and 9—Speak, for themselves


CLUB LIFE IN CAMP DIX - Interior of a YMCA Branch Building



While training under Generals Kennedy and Scott and spending their hours of recreation in one of the many places of amusement and relaxation, “Jack” Pershing’s “Division” is the one the boys eagerly await.


MAJOR GENERAL CHASE W. KENNEDY - First Commander of Camp Dix - On August 23rd, 1917, Major General Kennedy arrived at Division Headquarters and formally assumed command of Camp Dix.

The construction period was then at its height, and nearly seven thousand workmen were busy on barracks and another contractors’ work. Not a single member of the National Army was in Camp, the only soldiers being those of Company C, First Battalion of New Jersey Engineers, the 66th Motortruck Company and the Third Battalion, 15th New York Infantry.

It was the commander of the latter, Major Dayton, who received General Kennedy and his staff. Workmen were all around, and every picture taken by the photographers present had workmen, unfinished buildings and piles of lumber either in the background or the foreground.

On September 5th, the first contingent of the National Army arrived, and were mustered in where the 311th Infantry is now quartered. The headquarters building of the 311th was used by the examining officers as their headquarters. Many sets of papers were examined by officers outdoors, using a pile of lumber for desk and chair.







  • Liberty measles; the German brand of liberty.
  • Taps is about the easiest call for the bugler to get off his chest; reveille is the hardest to listen to.
  • “Amid the Untrodden Snow”— Wrightstown during the quarantine.
  • We have all heard babies with the colic, but have you heard a rookie bugle with the colic?
  • Philadelphia doctor says Hegel wrote his best thoughts while the battle of Jena was raging around his ears. If a chance shot had only hit the father of divine right and kultur!
  • A cantonment, a rifle range, a powder plant, a shell factory, a naval station and a National Guard camp in South Jersey. Well, who's afraid of the Jersey 'skeeter, now that the Kaiser is on the job?
  • A writer suggests calling Hog Island after the illustrious Quaker Penn Island. Why not combine the present and suggested name?
  • We have seen the Army mule kick; we have seen him laugh; we have seen him balk; and now we have seen him skate.
  • Hoover says every family should have a hog. Most families have. At least the mess sergeant says so. And that isn't squealing, either.
  • When the minority rules; during camp quarantine—fifty-six men all in bed.
  • Captain of an engineer company to his first lieutenant: “Now we are equipped; we have two typewriters.''
  • Where a pedestrian may get a free shower bath: On either stone road during slushy days. Just wait a few minutes and a “baby” truck will do the job. No charge, but you must smile.
  • Waldo says he doesn't care to cross until the ice is out of the river.
  • All tanks are liable to be groggy at times.
  • Being in front of the Hostess' House the tank suddenly became bashful, is one suggested solution.
  • That Polish legion running amuck in Russia and capturing the Bolshevik commander-in-chief may yet cut a wider swath in history than Xenophon and his ten thousand. 
  • Gee! But ancient history will be tame reading from now on.
  • Six months ago, Trotsky lived in a Bronx tenement. Why doesn't he ask Murphy to send him a good adjutant? Tammany wouldn't make such a mess of things. Trotsky, however, is a good name for a nag—or, a jackass.


CHAS. STAMLER, Formerly of the 153rd Depot Brigade, Camp Dix.


(With Apologies to Woodyard Kindling)

Written the morning after a canteen supper, consisting of the following menu : One can chile con carne, one hot tamale, one Armoured frankfurter, a piece of mince pie, a bottle of near-beer and one of champagne.

“What are the bugles blowin' for?” said Sour Lemonade.
“To turn you out, to turn you out,” the sergeant-major said.
“What makes you look so glad, so glad?” said Sour Lemonade.
“I'm feelin' what I've got to watch,” the sergeant-major said.
They are sendin' Sammy Cleaver, you must mark the breathin’ sigh,
For he put some German mustard in the colonel’s apple pie;
He's the engineers' disgrace—hit the canteen in the eye,
And they're sendin' Sammy Cleaver in the mornin'.
“What’s that so black ag’in the sun?” said Sour Lemonade.
“It’s Sammy smokin' 'ard for life,” the sergeant-major said.
“What's that that whimpers over’ead?” said Sour Lemonade.
“It’s Sammy’s train that’s going now,” the sergeant-major said.
For they're done with Sammy Cleaver, you can 'ear the quickstep play, The regiment's in column, an' they're marchin’ us away;
Ho! the canteen clerks are shakin’, an' they’ll want near-beer today After sendin' Sammy Cleaver in the mornin’.
“What makes ’em send him far away?” said Sour Lemonade.
“ 'E's goin' there, just “over there,” the sergeant-major said.
“What makes the front-rank man fall down,” says Sour Lemonade.
“A touch of fun, a touch of fun,” the sergeant-major said.
They are sendin’ Sammy Cleaver, they have got him wide awake;
'E’s on the job an’ Sammy knows the thing that 'e’s to make—
A slap of Yankee mustard in the Germans’ apple cake,
That's why they're sendin' Sammy in the mornin’.


MAJOR W. COLE DAVIS, Commanding Officer of Base Hospital, and Staff




311th Infantry Band Playing in K. of C. Main Building


Panorama of Part of Camp Dix, Showing Several Regiments Listening to an Address


Headquarters Troop, 78th Division


303rd Field Signal Battalion


One of the Two Branch Buildings of the Knights of Columbus


WHEN THE CAMP WAS YOUNG – A group of civilians watching squad drills


Temporary Sheds on the Remount Station


Interior of a Regimental Exchange—3rd and 4th Battalion, 153rd Depot Brigade


Exterior of a Regimental Exchange


Ruck—Truck—Stuck—Not These


Four-Wheel Drive Truck. as the Chinaman Would Say They Are Both “Pushee” and “Pullee”


The Rustic Tower on the Rifle Range


Section 2. Where Sixty-Seven Additional Buildings Were Built in a Few Weeks


Camp Dix Railroad Station, Storage Houses in Foreground, Remount Station in Background


Yes, Girls, Some Can Cook, All Can Wash Dishes


in a Barrack Kitchen


TO HEAT THE BASE HOSPITAL: Boilers and Stacks Before Enclosure in a Building, Providing Steam to Heat 1400 Radiators and Also for Cooking and an Ample Supply of Hot Water


A Load of Mail at Camp Dix Post Office


LT. O. C. ANDERSON - Camp Dix Football Star


Interior of Y.M.C.A. Officers' Club Room


WM. P. JACKSON - Representative of the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities


MISS HORTENSE ROSEN - Camp Dix Representative of the Travelers Aid Society


Main Street, Wrightstown, under a Mantle of Snow during the Recent Quarantine

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