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U.S. Army Cantonment, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa
U.S. Army Cantonment, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa
TitleU.S. Army Cantonment, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa
Date of Original1918-03-03
DescriptionA panoramic view of barracks and railyards at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ordering Information
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Barracks
Military facilities
Railroad cars
Railroad tracks
Railroad shops & yards
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1914-1918
Personal NameLindegren, August W., 1894-1982
Erickson, Carl
Johnson, George
Organization NameUnited States. Army
LocationCamp Dodge (Iowa)
Item Number11063-154
Format of OriginalPostcards
Transcription"U.S. Army Cantonment, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. Camp Dodge is almost three miles in length and houses 45, 000 men from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois. Each barrack seen in the picture houses 200 men, downstairs are messroom and kitchen, upstairs are dormitories."--Printed on front of postcard.
"Dear Folks- Am feeling fine, everything is OK here. I have got all my cloths, so I will send most of the old cloths home by mail. They will probably not get home till the end of the week. Starting Monday we have to get up at 6:15 and be in bed at 10. This sure is a big place but I have not been out very much yet, because we are supposed to stay near our barracks for another week. Yesterday we were vaccinated, and I think they did it to about 15, 000 other fellows. The scratch two cuts on the left arm near the sholder and rub in some dope, and then they shoot in some dope in the back near the right shoulder. Lots of the fellows fainted or are pretty sick, but it did not affect me much. Everybody gets a sore right arm but it goes over in about 10 hours so I am fine now. I have not had a chance to see any of the other fellows who are here yet, but I expect to see George Johnson sometime to-day. I talked to hime over the phone yesterday. I have not got my mail yet but I look for some soon. The weather is fine and the snow is all gone and it is nice and warm. I suppose it is dead around Litchfield now. Well there is lots of things going on around here. I am going to walk around this afternoon a little with Carl Erickson and see if we can't see some of the fellows that we know. There is so many fellows here so that it is pretty hard to find them, but then it is a fine bunch of fellows that are in this company so that I am not lonesome at all. Pretty soon we will get to playing baseball between times. I have not seen a Minneapolis paper since I got here, but I read the Des Moines papers nearly every day. I take a shower bath every night, that certainly feels fine. This life is fine for a fellow, and it cannont help but do a fellow lots of good. But I hope the war will soon end anyhow. We are quite a few carpenters in this company but everyone has got to take just the same training, so that he can march, and fight in case of emergency but I do not think that we ever need to go into any trenches like the infantry does. We have lots of music, singing, boxing, etc. in the evenings and as soon as we can go around, there will be lots of things to go to pass the time away. We had fried eggs, potatoes, bananas, two shredded wheat biscuits, milk, and coffee and bread so I don't think that I would starve on that. This is a picture of Camp Dodge but it looks much bigger and better now. This was taken last fall and it was only half done then. I live a way down where that mark is I think, but there is so many buildings that it is hard to tell where it is. Well I am feeling fine and dandy and hope you are the same, give my best regards to any one that asks about me and tell them that everything is OK here. Best wishes from your son Priv. A.W. Lindegren Co. D. 313 Eng. Camp Dodge, Ia. Sunday morning 10:15"--Handwritten on back of postcard.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionLindegren Family Papers Mss 11063
Collection Finding AidConsult
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (11063-154)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh11063154
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