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.