World War I

Camp Dodge

Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa

Camp Dodge was established in 1917 to serve as the training camp for the 88th Division (National Army). The 88th “Fighting Blue Devils” Division was comprised of selective service inductees, over 37,000 of whom were Iowans.

Construction of Camp Dodge began in June 1917, and the first men arrived during the first week of September. When the 88th was ordered to the Front in July 1918, Camp Dodge began training the newly organized 19th Division. At the wars’ end it was a demobilization camp.

In 1921, Camp Dodge was reduced in size, and parts of the land were sold off and some 1,200 buildings disassembled. Parts of the camp did remain and were used by the Iowa National Guard. It reopened and expanded again during World War II, and remains as a training facility today.

Postcards – World War I

  • "A partial view of Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa" World War I
  • "View Along Main Street, Camp Dodge, Iowa" World War I
  • "Bird's Eye Looking Southeast, Camp Dodge, Iowa" World War I
  • "Section of Camp Dodge, Showing Barracks, Camp Dodge Iowa" World War I
  • "Residence Section, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa" World War I

Postcards – World War II


      Further Reading & Resources

      Iowa History Journal

      Iowa National Guard

      The Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

      The U.S. Army Center of Military History

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