Are You a Red-blooded, Two-fisted HE-man? (1919)

Get a feel for life in the American Military camps of World War I in our America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers collection. This full page recruiting ad appeared in the July 25, 1919 issue of The Merritt Dispatch.

Are You a Red-blooded, Two-fisted HE-man? Look This Over!!

If you want immediate active service, the Mexican border is open to you. Men enlisting now are given special assignment to any organization now serving on the border.

The photographs shown here were taken during the recent pursuit of Villa’s army when they were driven out of Juarez by U. S. Troops.

Recruiting ad in the July 25, 1919 issue of The Merritt Dispatch.

Recruiting ad in the July 25, 1919 issue of The Merritt Dispatch.

Men are wanted for immediate service in Siberia —the greatest little-known country on the map. If you want adventure in a new land, if you want to see the richest undeveloped mineral country —the place of vast future possibilities — enlist for service in Siberia.

Good pay, rapid promotion, travel, education, good living—all are offered tor your services. If you want immediate service on the Mexican border, or in Siberia, tell the Recruiting Officer. One and three years, no reserve clause enlistments accepted.

Apply to
Camp Merritt Recruiting Officer

About Camp Merritt

Camp Merritt was a military base in Dumont and Cresskill, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, that was activated for use in World War I. It had a capacity for 38,000 transient troops and was one of three camps directly under the control of the New York Port of Embarkation.

Most troops from Camp Merritt marched in contingents of two to three thousand men, the capacity for one ferry, for an hour to board ferryboats at Old Closter Dock, Alpine Landing that took them to the piers at Hoboken, New Jersey to board troop transports for Europe.

Contingents would leave the camp for the landing at half hour intervals to board the ferries for the two hour trip to the embarkation piers where several transports might be loading simultaneously. There they would be joined by troops from Camp Mills and Camp Upton arriving by train at a terminal on Long Island for final transport by ferry to the embarkation piers.

Approximately four million troops were sent to the Western Front during World War I, about one million of them passed through Camp Merritt. Camp Merritt was decommissioned in 1919.

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