Delaware National Guard Camps and Campsite Names Brig. Gen. Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr. (DE ANG Ret.) email@example.com
1881 Yorktown Va. Centennial Anniversary, 1st Infantry Regiment, 8 Companies, Oct. 18 1887 Rehoboth Beach, Jul 27-Aug 2 1888 Brandywine Springs, Jul 17 1889 New York City, President Washington Inaugural Celebration April 29-30 1889 Brandywine Springs, July 17-24 1890 Camp Gov. Benjamin T. Biggs, Brandywine Springs, July 26 -August 2 1898 Camp Gov. Ebe W. Tunnell, Middletown Delaware, May 1902 Camp Gen. Thomas A. Smythe, Newark, Homewood Farm,Sept 6-12 1903 Rehoboth Beach, Jul 11-18 1904 Near Cooch's Bridge, Newark, Jul 16-23 1904 Manassas Virginia Joint Field Exercise with regular army, 3-12 September 1905 Camp Colonel John Haslet, Morrow Farm, Lumbrook, near Newark 1906 Camp Gov. Preston Lea, Morrow Farm, Lumbrook, near Newark, Jul 21-28 1906 Camp Roosevelt at Mt. Gretna Pennsylvania, Joint Field Exercise with regular army July 28-August 5 1907 Rehoboth Beach, 1908 Camp Col. David Hall, Rehoboth Beach 1908 Joint Field Exercise with regular army at Fort Dupont for Coastal Defense, August 1-8 1911, State Rifle Range New Castle 1912, State Rifle Range, New Castle Officers Camp 1912, Regimental Camp Gov. Wm. Cannon, State Rifle Range, New Castle, July 27-August 3 1915, State Rifle Range, New Castle, July 24-31 (Pvt. Louis F. Wagner Co. C, killed by Lightning, July 30) 1916 No Camp - Mobilized to Mexican Border at New Mexico 1917 No Camp - Mobilized to Homeland Defense Delaware, Camp McClellan AL 1918 No Camp - Mobilized Camp Dix, NJ, France 1919 No Camp - Mobilized France 1920 No Camp - The organization was unorganized postwar 1921 Camp Chandler, ( in memory of Pvt. John A. Chandler, KIA w/59th Reg. in France) 1-15 August, State Range 1922 Camp George W. Sparks (late Aide de camp to Governor Denney)July 31-Aug. 14 State Rifle Range, River Road 1923 Camp Alexander Hamilton (Camp Upton, Long Island NY) August 4-18 1924 Camp Henry A. duPont, Rehoboth Beach, August 1925 Camp Robert P. Robinson, State Range 1926 Camp I. Pusey Wickersham, (former AG) State Range 1927 Camp Lt. Governor J. Danforth Bush, State Range 1928 Camp Governor Robert P. Robinson, Bethany Beach 1929 Camp Governor C. Douglass Buck, Bethany Beach 1930 Camp T. Coleman duPont (DNG Quartemaster General and U.S. Senator), Bethany 1931 Camp General T. Coleman duPont, Bethany Beach(deceased Dec. the previous year) 1932 Camp Edgar M. Hoopes, Bethany Beach 1933 Camp C. Douglass Buck, Bethany Beach 1934 Camp C. Douglass Buck, Bethany Beach 1935 Camp J. Warner Reed, (WWI Commander) Bethany Beach 1936 Camp Theodore Townsend, Bethany Beach 1937 Camp Richard C. McMullen, Bethany Beach 1938 Camp Simon P. Doherty, Bethany Beach 1939 Camp Weller E. Stover, (former AG) Bethany Beach 1940 Mobilized Camp Upton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York 1941 Mobilized Camp Edwards, Cape Cod Mass. Spring 1940 1942 Mobilized South Pacific - "Bobcat Island", Bora Bora 1943 Camp Gov. Walter W. Bacon (State Guard Camp at Fort DuPont) 1944 Camp Gov. Walter W. Bacon (State Guard Camp at Fort DuPont) 1945 Camp Gov. Walter W. Bacon (State Guard Camp at Bethany Beach) 1946 Camp John Rechek (State Guard Camp at Bethany Beach) 1947 Camp Gov. Walter W. Bacon 1948 Camp S.B.I. Duncan 1949 Camp Gov. Elbert N. Carvel 1950 Camp Theodore B. White 1951 Camp Joseph M. Barsky 1952 Camp Henry C. Ray 1953 Camp William S. Tawes 1954 Camp David A. Benson 1955 Camp William E. Lank 1956 Camp Frederick L. Manion 1957 Camp Paul R. Rinard 1958 Camp J. Parke Postles (former AG) 1959 Camp Victor D. Washburn 1960 Camp John P. LeFebre 1961 Camp Governor J. Caleb Boggs 1962 Camp John J. Dugan 1963 Camp Harry B. VanSciver 1964 Camp William Berl, Jr. 1965 Camp Governor Charles L. Terry, Jr. 1966 Camp George J. Schulz 1967 Camp John W. Davis 1968 Not Named 1969 Camp Governor Russell W. Peterson 1970 Camp MSG Relio DeBoto 1971 Camp Herman W. Cook 1972 Camp BG Ralph S. Baker 1973 Camp Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt 1974 Camp 1SG John Croce 1975 Camp SFC Michael A. Trotto 1976 Camp MG John B. Moore 1977 Camp Governor Pierre S. duPont IV 1978 Camp CW4 Edward R. Knight 1979 Camp BG James J. Ashton 1980 Camp Lt Gen Joseph J. Scannell (former AG) 1981 Camp MG Herbert O. Wardell, Sr. 1982 Camp SSG Heisler N. "Pappy" Eastburn 1983 Camp COL Frank P. Vavala 1984 Camp LTC James P. Marcozzi 1985 Camp Governor Michael N. Castle 1986 Camp BG Joshua T. West 1987 Camp John Dickinson 1988 Camp BG Frank L. Mathewson, Jr. 1989 Camp BG Lewis M. Miller 1990 Camp LtGen (Ret) Clarence E. Atkinson(ANG) 1991 Camp LTC (Ret) John L. Marenco 1992 Camp SGM (Ret) John R. Hughes Sr. 1993 Camp Governor Thomas R. Carper 1994 Camp Brig Gen (Ret) William W. Spruance (ANG) 1995 Camp BG (Ret) George R. Walton, Sr. 1996 Camp CSM (Ret) William A. Sharpe 1997 Camp COL (Ret) Paul J. Gallagher 1998 Camp COL (Ret) William A. Smith 1999 Camp COL (Ret) Thomas S. Lodge (ARNG) 1999 Camp Lt Col Robert N. Kirby (ANG) (posthumous) 2000 Camp CMSgt (Ret) Joseph J. Brown, Jr. (ANG) 2000 Camp BG (Ret) Norman V. Cochran, Sr. (ARNG) 2001 Camp MSG (Ret) Joseph L. Everett, Jr. (ARNG) 2001 Camp COL (Ret) Ralph A. Piazza (ANG) 2002 Camp LTG (Ret) William H. Duncan (ARNG) 2002 Camp BG (Ret) William F. Hutchison Jr. (ANG) 2003 Camp BG (Ret) Vernon A. Taylor (ARNG) 2003 Camp CMSgt (Ret) Melvin M. “Sonny” Gershman (ANG) 2004 Camp MG (Ret) Oscar E. Trivits (ARNG) 2004 Camp Brig Ben (Ret) Carl T. Butterworth (ANG) 2005 Camp CW2 (Ret) Ralph E. Baker (ARNG) 2005 Camp Col (Ret) James P. Scott II (ANG) 2006 Camp MG (DE) (Ret) Albert W. Adams, Sr. (ARNG) 2006 Camp CMSgt (Ret) Emedio A. "Tony" Nardone (ANG) 2007 Camp SGM (Ret) George B. Langford (ARNG) 2007 Camp Col (DE) (Ret) Walter G. Powell III (ANG) 2008 Camp BG (Ret) Walter L. Johnson (ARNG) 2008 Camp Lt Col (Ret) Joseph W. Lanahan (ANG) 2009 Camp BG (Ret) Kenneth C. Madden (ARNG) 2009 Camp MSgt (Ret) Clarence D. "Dale" Dickerson (ANG) 2010 Camp Governor Jack A. Markell (ARNG) 2010 Camp Lt Col James S. Gooding (ANG) (posthumous) 2011 Camp LTG (Ret) Austin C. Chidester (ARNG) 2011 Camp Col (Ret) William S. Fox Jr. (ANG) 2012 Camp MSG (Ret) Jerry Vavala (ARNG) 2012 Camp Capt. (Ret) Thomas W. Nale, III (ANG) 2013 Camp BG (DE NG Ret.)Glenn M.Watson (ARNG) 2013 Camp SMSgt Ralph F. McGrath (ANG)
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Annual Field Training, 1906
The following is based upon several newspaper accounts from July, 1906, as well as the Adjutant General's report to the Governor for 1906, especially the report of Lt. Col. H.G. Cavenaugh, Inspector, US Army retired. The referenced clippings are unlabeled, but assumed to be a predecessor of the Wilmington News Journal, included in the National Guard papers of deceased reporter William Frank.
OPENING OF CAMP LEA ------- National Guard of Delaware Went to Lumbrook This Morning --------- FOR ANNUAL FIELD SCHOOL -------- Which is to Continue Until Next Saturday --------- TROOPS MADE A FINE SHOWING ---------- When they Left the City This Morning ------------- Seven Car Loads Started From French Street Station at 8:15 o’clock and Proceeded To Newark, Where They Joined The Companies From Other Towns
The First Infantry, National Guard of Delaware, went into camp today on the Morrow Farm, at Lumbrook, a short distance above Newark, to remain for a week. The four local companies, regimental band and Hospital Corps went on a special train of seven cars on the P., B. & W. railroad, which left French Street station at 8:15 o’clock and arrived at Newark center half an hour later. It was a one mile march from the Newark station to the campground.
The local companies assembled at the Armory (12th and Orange Streets) and marched to the railroad station, headed by the band, which numbered 28 pieces. In their summer uniforms the men made a fine appearance. Besides their arms they carried blankets, but not much additional paraphernalia. Their marching was excellent and the band played well. The soldiers were given an ovation as they passed down Market Street.
Major Simon P. Doherty commanded the local troops. The band was under the command of Drum Major Dawson.
Company H of New Castle came to this city by special cars on the Wilmington, New Castle and Southern Railway and went to French Street station where they boarded the train with the Wilmington troops.
The companies from the lower part of the state came up on the early morning train while Company E of Newark marched to the campground.
According to Inspector Lt. Col. H. G. Cavenaugh, "the ground selected for the encampment was well suited , the natural drainage excellent, but he soil did not quickly absorb rainfall, but with ditching around the tents it soon disappeared. The tents were pitched and the camp laid out in accordance with plan laid down in the United States Drill Regulations. The camp made a very business like and military appearance, the men doing quick and intelligent work in getting settled."
The work began yesterday by the advance guard was taken up on the arrival of the regiment and the tents were erected in short order. Most of today will be consumed in preliminary work. All necessary camp equipage quartermaster and subsistence stores were made to the regiment from the assistant quartermaster general. Their kit was a khaki service uniform, including blue shirt, campaign hat, leggings, , woolen blanket, rubber poncho, bed sack, rifle, side arms, and fair leather waist belt, blanket roll, haversack, mess kit, and one extra change of underclothing together with such toilet articles as may be required by the soldier. Officers were permitted to wear the olive drab.
It is expected that Governor Preston Lea for whom this camp is named, will be a visitor this afternoon.
The actual work will begin on Monday. It is expected that the camp will be successful in every particular. A consolidated morning report of the regiment was forwarded to the adjutant general daily at 11:00 o’clock. Rations were issued in accordance with United States Army tables to include: fresh beef, bacon, fresh fish, soft bread, beans, rice, potatoes, onions, canned tomatoes, coffee, sugar, vinegar, salt pepper, soap, candles, lard, butter milk and eggs. Officers will be permitted to purchase commissary stores from regimental commissary at cost. Colonel Cavenaugh described the meals as of "very good quality, consisting of the same as the government rations in quantity plenty."
Strict discipline will be maintained, and while the week will be an outing for the soldiers, it will also do the men good. Inspector Canenaugh described the men as "generally intelligent, energetic, and interested in the work, and only needed instruction to do what was required of them. There were but few causes of punishment, principally for absence without leave." He added, "the men were not generally well set up from a military standpoint, that part of the instruction evidently not having received much attention on the part of the company officers, but in age and physical qualifications they compare with the recruit of the regular army most favorably being physically well developed and healthy in appearance."
The local militia will compare favorably with the militia of the other states as regards military discipline, but the men will be put on their mettle to an exceptional degree during the encampment because a battalion will be selected to represent this state at Mt. Gretna during the encampment by the regular army.
Adjutant General General I. Pusey Wickersham Company A Captain E.C. Parks 1st Lt. H.W. Hill 2nd Lt. George N. Davis Company C Captain T.A. Duggan 1st lt. H. A. Fox Company D Captain I.T. Millis 1st Lt. C. N. Evans 2nd Lt. Willard Sweetman Company F Captain G. H. Carter 1st lt D. L. Munson 2nd Lt E.G. Redford Jr. Hospital Corps Major J. L. France
Regimental Quartermaster Chauncey P. Holcomb Asst. Reg. Quartermaster Lt.Col. W. E. Stover Inspector of Rifle Practice Col. J. G. Ewing Asst. Inspector General Lt. Col. Charles M. Stevenson Regimental Commissary Captain Hart Commissary Sergeant Sgt. Megginson Sgt. Dewey Sgt. Maj. Lloyd Quartermaster Sergeant Sgt. Jordan
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