Not only did Camp Lewis materialize in only 3 months, mushrooming over a thousand structures, but the recruits descended on the training camp in hoards with many using their civilian clothing during drills. Such a drill is immortalized in this postcard. Postcards were "in." This one shows the recruits drilling. Military men would purchase postcards of their photographs in uniform for mailing home. Not a bad idea even today! I thought you would enjoy seeing this one.
The history of the military base now called Lewis-McChord began as Camp Lewis. It was built in 90 days, ready for the recruits of the Wild West Division, the 91st. The Joshua Bates of the book Evidence is Lacking.Yet I Still Hope was in the group that arrived on September 22, 1917.
This video, Camp Lewis History, is a brief overview of the base's history with am emphasis on its establishment in 1917.
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of Camp Lewis.
This video shows training at Camp Lewis. The title says this is 1936, but the dress and uniforms shout much earlier. Training at Camp Lewis Video.
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