Washing kits after noon mess, Camp Dodge, Iowa

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Looking at several military trainees washing their kits after noon mess. Original construction of Camp Dodge began in 1907, to provide a place for the National Guard units to train. In 1917, the installation was handed over to national authorities and greatly expanded to become a regional training center for forces to participate in the First World War. The name Camp Dodge comes from Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, who organized Iowa's first National Guard unit in 1856. 1918 postmark. Number 52974.