Camp Shelby

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Camp Shelby

by Pat Sides

Shortly before the United States entered World War II, the 152nd infantry regiment reported to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for training. The Evansville Courier sent a group of correspondents and photographers to observe model bivouac and field demonstrations, as well as other activities of Tri-State soldiers who were reporting for duty. 

In this photo dated April 6, 1941, a group of local residents paused for the camera outside of the camp’s recreational hall. From left to right, they included Rev. Richard Denbo, a chaplain and former pastor of Old North Methodist Church; Courier reporter John McCormick; Mrs. Robert Stilwell and her daughter, Virginia; Capt. Guthrie May; Courier reporter and editorial cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht; and Col. Robert Stillwell. 

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