The 22nd Infantry at Camp Mc Clellan 1927
The Cimitracam yearbook for the CMTC program at Camp McClellan, Alabama 1927
In 1921, when the CMTC program
started, there were 10,000 students enrolled in the ten camps
throughout the nation.
In 1927 camp capacity had grown to 36,000 students in fifty-two camps across America. In 1922 Camp McClellan
became part of the CMTC program, and the 22nd Infantry became heavily involved in the instruction of the students
and the running of the camp.
The increase in the number of
camps by 1927 allowed each camp to enroll fewer students, and the
use of Infantry Reserve officers
as cadre enabled the Regular Army formations to retain more of their personnel for other duties.
For the year 1927 the CMTC
program at Camp McClellan only had four companies of trainees,
and three of those companies were commanded by an officer of the 22nd Infantry. The fourth company, though not commanded
by a 22nd Infantry officer, nevertheless had two officers from the Regiment assisting its leadership.
The 22nd Infantry remained a vital part of the CMTC program until 1941, when the Regiment moved to Fort Benning, GA.
A Sergeant of the 22nd
Infantry instructs a CMTC student in marksmanship
with the Model 1903 Springfield rifle.
Company A of the CMTC
students was led by Captain Furman W. Hardee of the 22nd
who was presented with a watch by the Company on the last day of training.
Company B of the CMTC students was led by Captain Marvin R. Baer of the 22nd Infantry.
Company C of the CMTC students was led by Captain Herbert F. Teate of the 22nd Infantry.
Company D of the CMTC
students was led by Captain Grattan H. McCafferty of the 4th Tank
with the assistance of 1st Lieutenant Rufus A. Parsons of the 22nd Infantry
and 1st Lieutenant Robert S. Moore of the 22nd Infantry
Edward L. Kennedy, of Nashville,
Tennessee, and a student member of Company D, wrote the following
in the 1927 yearbook:
'D' holds the record of being the best all around machine-gun
company in the history of the CMTC.
Although of unusual size for a machine-gun company, it was the smallest company in the camp.
The friendliness of Lieut. Parsons and the well-planned methods of instruction were the main factors of the success
of this company on the drill field and the range. The highest score on the range was made by J.W. Hart,
who had a score of 177.
conclusion we offer a vote of thanks to the officers and men of
'H' Company, 22nd Infantry,
for their untiring efforts in instructing us throughout camp."
CMTC Marksman award
Enlisted man's CMTC collar disc
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