Photo of an American soldier posing (in studio?) c.1917/1918.
Written on back:
Published ‘WILSON WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J.’
Light toning on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Fort Dix has been serving America's Army since July 18, 1917, when its predecessor, Camp Dix, was officially established as a training and staging camp for troops destined for the battlefields of Europe during World War I. Camp Dix rapidly became one of the nation's largest military reservations as the 78th, 87th and 34th Divisions and many smaller units trained for the war. Because of its proximity to Hoboken, New Jersey, the principal embarkation port for the Doughboys, hundreds of thousands of men from other divisions would pass through Camp Dix on their way to France.
The Eighty-seventh Division was organized at Camp Pike, Arkansas, in August, 1917, from drafted men of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. After providing detachments for replacements abroad the division was reorganized with recruits from other camps, and upon transfer to Camp Dix, New Jersey, in June, 1917, approximately 20,000 drafted men from New York and New Jersey were assigned. The first element of the division arrived in France August 28, 1918; the last September 16, 1918.