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Camp Reynolds - World War II Army Cam


My grandmother Maude Powell ran a boarding house in Greenville, PA. She had an autograph book signed by those who stayed
- Marilyn Meyers - New Hamburg Resident

I remember hearing and seeing tanks doing maneuvers over both sides of Creek Road just outside of New Hamburg. The road was not built up at that time , it was level with the ricers. The tanks would do maneuvers from the Mill Race (channel going to the mill and right side of the road towards the camp up the hill
- Bob Harpst - New Hamburg Resident

I was born December 16, 1941. My father, Lynn D. Campbell enlisted in the Army Air Force sometime in 1942 and was stationed at Camp Reynolds.

He was housed in a private home in Greenville in a house owned by two sisters, Sarah and Alice (last name not known to me)
My grandfather, H. Dale Horner enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers and was also stationed at Camp Reynolds for a while. With my father's recommendation Sarah and Alice took him in as a border.
While there, my grandfather was he was assigned to a group of German POWs in the carpenter shop. There he felt a little uneasy, They would say something in German and then glance his way. My grandmother, while born in this country spoke only German until she entered grade school and still spoke German in the home to her parents. She taught grandfather some German, including some swear words. So from time to time my grandfather would fit a word or two into his vocabulary. Problem solved.
My grandmother, brother, and I were allowed to see the POWs. They would asked her about what she knew about what was going on in Germany. They wanted to know how the USA could rebuild so fast.  They were told the USA was being bombed badly.
When visiting my grandfather we stayed across the street from Sarah and Alice. During one visit, everyone was sitting on Sarah and Alice's  porch listening to the radio. Of course as kids we were having a fun time making a lot of noise. All at once we were told to be quite. From the tone of their voices we knew to be quite. The radio had just announced the death of FDR. A slice of history was before us.
- Daughter, Leslie D Campbell

I remembers playing in the ammunition storage buildings that were at the Rifle Range after the camp had closed. The buildings were about 12 ft. high and maybe 24 ft. wide.
- Bob Suleck, Area Resident

My grandpa was stationed at Shenango Personnel Replacement Depot for a time, including during the race riot. 
- Emmy Rampton Bludorn

My friendís brother-in-law says he was 10 yrs old and he remembers seeing the prisoners walking down Mercer/Greenville Road picking up trash.
They lived in the Fredonia area at the time. Iíve also been told that the Rhodes Busing Company that was in our area would come to the camp and take the men to Conneaut Lake.   Regards,  
- Nancy

In April 1945 when my dad was home on leave they went to get their blood drawn to get married. She was 18 at the time.
- Daughter

Mr. Lineman (addition) His strap for his shoeshine box was a soldierís belt. One day a soldier said that he needed a strap for his box to make it easier to carry. The soldier gave him his belt on the spot (he was dressed in fatigues) and cut the buckle off. Nealís brother later nailed the belt on. Shoeshine boys and newspaper boys hung out at the Riverview Hotel where buses came n went on the hour.
- Neil Lineman

I remember Troop trains leaving to embarkation points had their blinds down when they went through towns and cities. Men got paid at the end of the month. They were paid in cash. Rode bikes down to camp as a 4th grader.
I also remember that men got paid at the end of the month.
- Dave Longetti

I went to Penn High and along with other boys sold newspapers (Pittsburgh Gazette or Press, one was a morning and one an evening paper) at the camp. A man from Pittsburgh would pick us up in GV and take us to the camp Monday through Friday. My area was what I called the green barracks. These were along E Street and were the last to be built, earlier barracks built were black tar paper with wood strips. On Sundays we would go the mess halls and the cook would us.
- Jim Banic

I lived on River Road and got to know some of the soldiers as they marched past their farm. My mother would not let me go to the dances at the camp's Service Clubs.
- Local Resident

I lived in Adamsville, outside of Greenville, as a boy on a shared farm. I remember German POWS came from the camp to help on the farm putting up stalks of corn. They was guarded by soldiers. I was bothered by the fact that the German Pows would not talk with me, realizing later that they could not understand me.
- Don Murphy

My dad Pvt Robert Griffen Lee was stationed at the camp. He drove a laundry truck to New Castle, PA
(25 miles from the camp) where he met my mother. He also helped guard POWs

- Gary Lee

There were guards on the trestle at Osgood where the New York Central connected with the Bessemer Railroad
- Local Resident

My dad's (Dave Love) grandfather owned land by the headquarters and they moved his grandfathers house across the road from the camp and Colonel Cherrington, the first Commander lived there.
 - Marcia Hillary, Daughter

My dad, Lewis Serafin was stationed at Camp Reynolds in late 1942. He met my mom, Margaret Patron, at a USO dance on the base. My mother was  from Farrell, PA. They were married in 1943 in Sharon, PA by Rabbi Elephante.

My uncle worked at Westinghouse. He worked on the first electric torpedoes used in WW2. The testing of the torpedoes were conducted in Lake Pymatuning Lake.

- Neil Serafin, Lincoln City, OR.

My dad Dan Lesher (born in 1930) lived in Transfer when Camp Reynolds was built. His dad Clyde Lesher worked for the railroad and he helped run the military trains through the area during the war. My dad remembers the troop trains going through Transfer and also the troops marching past his home.
- Becky Grundei

I remember seeing the camps' Bayonet Training Course while playing behind my Aunt's place. She lived on the south side of Edgewood Drive.
- Joey Miller / Local Resident

I met my husband Dale through my Aunt Marie who was renting a  room to him and a friend. This was in 1942. Dale was a carpenter and came to help build the army camp. I was marred to Dale for 51 years.
- Local Greeville Resident

My father Alford J. Record was the Physical Director of Sharon Buhl Club from 1942 to 1973. As a Junior in High School I worked for the USO at the Buhl Club as a Handyman during 1943-44. They had dances every Saturday in the Buhl Gym. Girls couldnít leave building. During the week I would call Bingo Games. Carton of Cigarettes or a Call Home would be the prize. I also showed Movies (Commercial) in Music Room. I also remember playing ping pong with Irish soldier Irish guy who I learned later that he was killed in Europe. My parents rented a room to a soldier's (Waston from Utah) wife.Soldiers bowled there with Duck Pins. The second floor at the Buhl Club had a little kitchen and different women groups would make sandwiches for the soldiers. Ivor J Lee (company) did a large part of plumbing when the camp was built.

- Robert Record - Sharon Native