Camp Cody - Deming, New Mexico |
U.S. Army Studio Portraits - WW1
Notes from his hometown (Verdon, Nebraska) Band Program in about 1920 ...
"Clarence Ira Houtz was born in Verdon, Nebraska on July 29, 1897. He was educated in the local schools finishing the 12th grade, being one of the first 12th grade graduates. After finishing school he went to Lincoln where he was a Street Car Conductor until he enlisted July 15, 1917 at Auburn, in Company D. 134th Infantry and was sent to Camp Cody, New Mexico on September 15th where he stayed until June 15, 1918. He was then sent to Camp Merritt and June 29th he sailed for France where he served with the honored 26th Division Headquarters Band playing the clarinet. He has received his Medal of Distinction for the battles of St. Mihiel (12-19 September, 1918), Meuse, and Argonne Forest (September 26 - November 11, 1918), three of the hardest fought battles of the war and was discharged in May 1919. He was one of the first members of the band and has played the clarinet all of the time. Like the rest of the band he is a musician and also a hero. A first class fellow."