Colorized Picture Post Cards - Camp
Looking up a street
Soldiers by barracks
10th Inf. Band
Open air washroom
Down in the Cut
Black and White Photos and Picture
View from the Cut
Pistol Practice Day
Bugler Sounding Call
Commander and Staff
Commander and Wife
Heavy Marching Orders
U.S. Marines on hike
Machine Gun Platoon
Pup Tent and Equipment
Blanket Roll Inspection
Engine Shed Formation
Regiment of Infantry - United States Army - Camp Otis
by George Chevalier
Camp Otis - In 1911 the labor camp near Las
Cascadas was turned over to the United States Army for a temporary post, and quarters were
hastily devised to accommodate a regiment of infantry hurried down from the States for no
particular purpose that was apparent. It was named Camp E. S. Otis, in honor of the
Major General of that same name. "The Panama Guide", by John O.
Photos in this presentation are believed to be all in Camp
Otis. However, there were many different military units in this area throughout the
years. The photos look very much like Camp Otis, but may not all be from the first
Canal construction era unit, the 10th Infantry, United States Army. It is hard to
collect exact information as there isn't many records available to verify. I plan to
research regarding these lost years of U.S. Military history of the Panama Canal.
I have included a presentation by George Chevalier that are known facts
about the 10th Infantry, U.S.A. His Father was in this unit. (See the link to
Military Units in the area during and after the construction
of the Canal.
10th Inf. 10/1911 to 5/1917 at Camp Otis
5th Inf. 11/1914 to Summer 1918 at Empire [Gave up 514 men to form the 33rd Inf. in 1916].
29th Inf. 1915 to Fall 1918 at Camp Gaillard[Culebra]
33rd Inf. 7/1916 to 12/07/41 at Empire and Fort Clayton
As you can see there were three other regiments quartered in those old ICC Construction
Towns while the 10th was still at Camp Otis. The 10th Inf. was the first
Army Unit and came during the actual construction of the Canal. The other Army Units
came after the official opening of the Panama Canal.
- The Panama Guide, by John O. Collins,
1912, I.C.C. Press, Quartermasters Department, Mount Hope, C. Z.
- Resources and Research by George Chevalier.
- Canal Record
- Photos and Post Cards submitted and owned by
George Chevaliar and Robert Karrer.
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