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Report of the Adjutant General-Iowa 1918





        The National Guard of Iowa consists (June 30, 1918), of one State Headquarters having sufficient Staff officers and enlisted men to carry on the work of the Department; one brigade of infantry, (3 regiments); one separate company of infantry; one regiment of field artillery (6 batteries); one squadron of cavalry (4 troops); one battalion engineers (3 companies); one signal corps company; two field hospitals; two ambulance companies; one ammunition train, motor.  


First Brigade Infantry

Brigade Headquarters, Brigadier General Hubert A. Allen, Commanding, Cedar Rapids


First Infantry
Second Infantry
Third Infantry
First Separate Company
First Squadron, First Company
First Regiment, First Field Artillery
First Battalion Engineers
Medical Detachments
Signal Corps
Ammunition Train (Motor)


First Separate Company


Company Town County
Infantry Boone Boone County



First Squadron, First Cavalry

Headquarters and four troops, Major Glenn L. Laffer, commanding Headquarters, Grinnell; Band Section, Ottumwa.


Company Town County
Troop A Marengo Iowa county
Troop B Lone Tree Johnson county
Troop C Oxford Johnson county
Troop D Grinnell Poweshiek county
Sanitary Detachment Waterloo Black Hawk county


First Regiment, First Field Artillery

Headquarters, Supply companies and two battalions, Major Jacob E. Brandt, Headquarters, Eagle Grove


Company Town and County
Headquarters Company Clinton, Clinton County
Supply Company Davenport, Scott County
Battery A. Clinton, Clinton County
Battery B. Davenport, Scott County
Battery C, Muscatine, Muscatine County
Battery D, Davenport, Scott County
Battery E. Cedar Rapids, Linn County
Battery F Des Moines, Polk County
Sanitary Detachment Ames, Story County
These units left Iowa in battalion formation, and were organized into regimental formation after they reached Camp Cody.


First Battalion Engineers

One battalion, Major Anson Marston, commanding. Headquarters, Ames


Company Town and County
Company A Iowa City, Johnson county
Company B Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie county
Company C Des Moines, Polk county
Sanitary Detachment Waterloo, Black Hawk county


Medical Detachments

Company Town and County
Field Hospital No. 1 Des Moines, Polk county
Field Hospital No. 2 Sioux City, Woodbury county
Ambulance Co. No. 1 Sioux City, Woodbury county
Ambulance Co., No. 2 Waterloo, Black Hawk county


Signal Corps

Company C, Outpost Company, Eldon, Wapello county.


Ammunition Train (Motor)

      Headquarters Company and twelve companies, Lieutenant Colonel Fred A. Holsteen, Commanding. Headquarters Burlington.

      Headquarters Company, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, Des Moines, Polk county.


Arsenal Building No. 2

      A new arsenal building has been built to house the property of the Federal government and state for the use of the National Guard. This building is located south of Arsenal Building No. 1, across the street. It was finished in 1918 and cost approximately #31, 000.00. It is three stories high and the dimensions are 40x120 ft. This arsenal is now used by the Federal government for storing property pretaining to the Federal government.


Camp Ground

      During the last two years the state camp grounds and rifle ranges, known as Camp Dodge, have been increased by the addition of land bought in the immediate vicinity of the original grounds until it now averages 570.66 acres.

      In July 1917, the federal government authorized the location of a permanent military cantonment on the site of the state camp grounds and called it Camp Dodge. This encampment is based on the ground owned by the state and the surrounding land.


Inspectors - Instructors

      Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Ridenour, Infantry, was on duty at the State Headquarters as Inspector-Instructor until April, 1917 as was also Captain Clarence E. Fronk, Medical Corps. These men were relieved from duty at the time the National Guard organizations were called into Federal service.

      In August, 1918, Lieutenant- Colonel J. T. Davidson, retired, was detailed for such duty. At this time new units of the National Guard were being organized.   



~reference: Report of the Adjutant General of Iowa for the Biennial Period Ended June 30, 1918, Published by the State of Iowa, Des Moines

~ contributed by Cay Merriman for Iowa in the Great War Special Project an IAGenWeb Special Project

~ transcribed by Constance Diamond for Iowa in the Great War, a IAGenWeb Special Project

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