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Camp Dodge - WW1 Cantonment

Camp Dodge or Bust - MHS Photograph (partial)

Camp Dodge, Iowa was named in honor of Maj. General Grenville M. Dodge, U.S. V., who commanded Iowa volunteers during the Civil War. Established on June 18, 1917 to serve as training camp for 88th Division (National Army), which occupied the cantonment August 1917 to July 1918. Construction started June 19, 1917 and continued through 1918. Designated as a demobilization center on December 3, 1918, Retained as permanent reservation.

Camp Dodge Photographs, Series 5 - 1917.

Camp Dodge - History - World War I Army Cantonment 1917

Troops from four States are being trained at Camp Dodge, 11 miles north of Des Moines, Iowa. These troops include all of the National Army forces from Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and those from a middle belt of Illinois.

Front Cover, Our Sons at Camp Dodge

Our Sons at Camp Dodge - 1917

The biggest thing in Iowa is Camp Dodge at Des Moines. It was built in sixty days at a cost of $3,500,000 to house 45,000 soldiers under training to fight for democracy in the war trenches of Europe.


Camp Dodge Postcards - 1919

Views included: Base Hospitals, Base Hospital Ward, Red Cross Building, Recreation area, Y.W.C.A. Hostess House, Drilling New Recruits, Officers Quarters, Open Air Instruction, Y.M.C.A. Auditorium and Information Bureau, Birds Eye View of Camp Dodge, Social Room, Y.M.C.A. Building, Stacked Arms, and One of the Y.M.C.A. Buildings.


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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.