The Historic Hempstead Plains - Nassau County Long Island.
Camp Mills - Garden City Long Island
The 165th arriving at Camp Mills Long Island. August 1917.
Photo 1442. Nassau County Museum - Long Island Studies Institute
The 304th Field Artillery Band.
Photo 7056 - Nassau County Museum
Long Island Studies Institute - The 304th field artillery passed through Camp Mills briefly on their return from overseas. They were staged here for de-lousing and to participate in a NYC parade. After the parade, they completed their processing at Camp Upton in eastern Long Island.1
The 304th FA had a band long before any other regiment. It was formed at Camp Upton (1917), due to the efforts of a Col. Kelly, after learning, that he had an ex-army bandsman by the name of Andrew Dolphini. It was said they made hideous noises in the barracks as they learned to play. The picture to the right is of an accomplished 304th FA band at Camp Mills, after their return from overseas.1
The 304th FA ended its existence on May 10,1919, at Camp Upton.1
1) The Autobiography of a Regiment -304th F.A. - James M. Howard Regimental Chaplain, N.Y. 1920
Camp Mills - tent city.
Photo 1443 Nassau County Museum -
Long Island Studies Institute.
(see the Ted Blake excerpts for a
description of life at Camp Mills)
Camp Mills - W.W.I - Victory Ball, Garden City , New York. Circa 1919. Photo # 1907 Nassau County Museum - Long Island Studies Institute.