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First Stop: Camp Cody
On 27 August, 1917, Gold Star sergeant Clyde Fouts arrived at New Mexico’s Camp Cody to begin his military training. The nineteen-year-old was originally from Greenwood, Wisconsin, but he had lived for many years in Red Wing, Minnesota. Though he was not required to register for the draft, Fouts nonetheless volunteered for military service and began preparing to serve as a sergeant in the 125th Machine Gun Battalion of the American Expeditionary Forces. In a letter to his mother, Fouts explained that military service would allow him to support himself financially, and by extension, to be a “useful,” “good,” and “honest” man. Unfortunately, Fouts became one of the United States’ many victims of influenza-related pneumonia. He died at Camp Cody on 11 April 1918, before he could serve abroad. Fouts (left) is pictured below with one of his fellow recruits at Camp Cody.
Citation: "Fouts, Clyde E." Minnesota Public Safety Commission. Gold Star Roll. Minnesota Historical Society, St Paul, Minnesota. 114.D.4.3B