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Camp Reynolds - World War II Army Cam


I remember that Troop trains leaving to embarkation points had their blinds down when they went through towns n cities.
Other things I remember are that the men got paid in cash at the end of the month and that we used to ride our bikes to the camp.
- Dave Longetti

Ellsworth “Bud” Lineman was stationed at the Camp. He later went to Europe where he got wounded in Anzio, Italy. He was in a fox hole with 4 others and it was hit with shrapnel metal. Two soldiers were killed and Bud and one other soldier were seriously wounded.
- Brother Neal Lineman

I remember roller skating at one of the Recreation halls after the camp was closed.
- Don Smith

I remember an obstacle course behind the water towers area and when the Covered Bridge was the only bridge across the Shenango River while the camp was in operation.
- Mickey  McKnight - Local Resident

We lived on a farm just North of the rifle range. I remember soldiers coming to help around the farm. Some of the soldiers wives may have stayed at our place. I remember Sgt. Warren's wife sewing a dress for me.
George Woods was another soldier I remember that our family got to know.
Another memory I have was when a stray bullet from from the rifle range almost hit me while I was riding my tricycle on the cellar doors on the south side of the house. I saw the bullet drop on the cellars doors after hitting the side of the house. I took it to my dad, boy was he ever mad. He went straight down to the rifle range and gave the officer there a piece of his mind.
- Rhonda Reichard - Local Resident

While I was attending Penn high School in Greenville, PA I worked at the camp when I was 16 while it was being built.  I worked when I was off from school and was on the labor gang which followed the carpenters around picking up scraps, it was a boring job. It was not the most exciting Christmas and Easter breaks. We worked 10 hr. days and were paid 75 cents an hour. I remember the mud and the POW Stockade.
I also remember that I and a lot of others guys who were infatuated with daughter of Colonel Sale, the camp's Engineer who attended Penn High.
- Tom Hodge (1944 Penn High School Graduate)

I remember going to dances at Camp reynolds' Service Clubs. One in particular I remember that our dance cards were on apples on a decorated tree that was part of the decorations for thr dance.
 - St. Paul's Resdient

When I was teaching elementary school in Greenville PA at the Columbia Ave I remember having several soldiers children in my class.
I also remember being at the 1944 Memorial Day by Brigidier Gen Ladd, the Camp Reynolds Commander which was given on the West steps of the old Penn High School.
- Former Greenville School Teacher

As a young girl I attended Hickory High School. I remember seeing the barracks and soldiers as I rode with my parents as they rode past by the camp on Route 18 headed to Greenville, PA. I also remember seeing the fencing around the POW stockade.
- Ginny Haspel

I was an alter boy at St. Michael's Church in Greenville, PA. I was in the 7th or 8th Grade around the year 1944 or 1945. In the summer, Two Priest, Father Johnson and Cronin would go down to Camp Reynolds on the weekends to hold mass for the POWS. There were roughly 20 to 25 POWs who would attend the mass. The priest would give us alter boys a dime and we would go into a PX and buy a larger Hershey's candy bar. It was quite an experience for a young boy.
- Don Perrotti

We worked the summer of 1946 tearing down the camp. Orville was a laborer making 75 cents an hour and Eugene was a carpenter's helper, he had his own saw, and made 1.25 to 1.50 an hour (Eugene's dad helped build the camp). He measured the sides, cut them and loaded them on a truck and took them to the train station and they were shipped out. They also took urinals and stoves to the train station.
They had to join the union and were in cash. They also remember that the  government subsidized their salary, the contractor paying $1.00 and the government paying 10 cents.
They remembered that nails were saved and Orville spent his first 2 weeks straightening nails.
While working they remember the saw a big chimney blown up.
Another memory they have is pulling out the pillars that supported the barracks. They needed  someone to pull out the pillars and since they had a truck with a wrench they volunteered. The pillars with 6"x6". They would wrap a long line to the pillar and pulled them out one at a time. Their attempt to do several at a time was unsuccessful.
They lived in Fredonia and remember they could hear artillery being shot. They also remember that one of the barracks was used as a school room for the elementary kids.
- Eugene Mecklin & Orville Patterson - Orville was Eugene's brother in law

My dad, Leonard worked at tearing down the camp as a carpenter. He was a blacksmith by trade.  He used to take me to lunch occasionally and I got to see the soldiers.
- Gordan Urmson

When the camp was being built I remembers trucks hauling gravel to the camp. I'm not sure where they got the gravel but they came from Fairview Township down through Fredonia. Since they got paid by the load they would move along pretty fast. Police received complaints and set up speed traps but the drivers caught wind of it and set a system with flashing the lights that let the others know that there was a speed trap ahead. Finally the police just give up and let them run.
- Former Fredonia Resident

This is a story I heard about a man was taking his 12 year old boy out hunting for the 1st time in Jefferson Twp near Mercer. While hunting they ran into a couple of guys who were looking for food. The man told them that there were some apple trees near by and they went on. The guys were wearing jackets with PW on the back. It ended up that the guys were escaped POWs from Camp Reynolds. They were later arrested hiding in a barn in the area.
- Charles Thrope - Area Resident

I worked at the camp while it was being built in 1942 as a water boy until winter before school and weekends. I quit at Christmas.
- Glen Clark (Worked at CBI)

During Judy Garland's visit to the camp I remember seeing her at the Riverview Hotel and she had been drinking and her clothes and hair were all messed up.
- Jack Brown (1944 Penn High School Graduate)

I lived in Camp Reynolds sometime  between 1946 and 1954 after the camp was closed.
- Julis Mifchnowski

I worked at the 7th Street PX and sold Cage Beer.
- Bob Parce (Former CB&I Emplyee)

Her dad volunteered to paint the water tower tanks (red & white).
Her husband worked at a PX in the camp (he called it being a glorified stockboy) before enlisting in the Army Air Force.
Heard that POWS were coming.
- Mrs. Reimold (New Hamburg resident)

Remembers soldiers guarding the railroad exchange at Osgood Also remembers the soldiers marching through Hamburg and his sister having to wait till the soldiers went by to get to school or back home. Remembers the heavy equipment clearing the ice in GV His mother was a plane watcher? at Love’s house on Leech Road
- Paul LeBarron