CAMP DAMM

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Site
Location
Northwest corner of Belmont Avenue and Clark Street, North Babylon, NY
Lat/Long
40.7299998, -73.3454868
Grant Recipient
Town of Babylon History Museum
Historic Marker

CAMP DAMM

Inscription

CAMP DAMM
SITE OF AIRFIELD FOR TRAINING
WWI PILOTS, 1918-1919. NAMED
FOR LT. CO. HENRY J. DAMM.
ARMY LEASED HORSE FARM
FROM AUGUST BELMONT JR.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

At the start of the World War I, the United States maintained a stance of neutrality, however due to a series events, the U.S. joined the fight on April 6, 1917. Within a short period of time the country quickly mobilized for war. On Long Island in the town of Babylon, in June 1918, August Belmont II (1853-1924) leased 280 acres of his sprawling estate, which included the Belmont Horse Racing Track, to the United States government to serve as an airfield. From the summer of 1918 until early 1919, barracks and hangers were constructed to accommodate the men from 261st and 350th aero squadrons that were stationed there. This airfield known as Camp Damm was named after Lieutenant Henry J. Damm who was killed in action on May 2, 1918. Camp Damm remained active through the duration of the war and was subsequently abandoned in early 1919.