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Camp Reynolds - World War II Army Cam


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

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 father Frank Rotell worked in the commissary during the war. When the camp closed in 1946 the dormitories for civilian family workers across the road from the camp became Reynolds Village. My mother, Elvira, was Secretary for the Village and my father operated the grocery store at Reynolds Village.  We left in 1948 and moved back to Sharon as things pretty much closed down then.
I have vivid memories of the POW working in the village, collecting garbage etc.
I also remember 1st grade in a one room school house in Transfer (Ms Mortimer was the teacher I believe), then 2nd grade at St. Michaels and then 3rd grade at Transfer. I believe the school house is still there. I had two older brothers Tony and Don and a sister Angela.
- John Rotell

My friend’s 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. I’ve 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

My father, Ralph Ohle was a Amateur Radio Operator whose license was used to help the government during the war.
- Daughter

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 soldier’s 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. Neal’s 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

Ellsworth “Bud” Lineman was stationed at the Camp. He later went to Europe where he got wounded in Anzio, Italy.
- Brother, Neil Lineman

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

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 where the camps' Bayonet Training Course while playing behind my Aunt's place. She livied 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 couldn’t 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

My mom and dad, John & Mary Connelly, worked at the Camp. Mom worked in a Motor Pool and drove trucks around and dad worked in a PX in the evenings (he worked at the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad during the day). He would bring home ice cream in dry ice from the PX and sometimes we would burn our hands playing with the dry ice. Dad was also an Air Raid Warden  My mom remembers the following... Victory Station and being in it; giving colored plastic combs to the POWS and how they would melt them and make plastic jewelry like rings etc.; getting 4 army blankets after camp closed (said they were the warmest); the burning furniture when the camp was closed.
I remembers my mom taking me inside a theater to see the inside and seeing the POWS and the high fence around them. My aunt lived in one of the prefab homes built in Reynolds after the camp closed.
- Paula Nofsker - Daughter

I worked in the warehouses at Camp Reynolds while I was attending St. Michaels during the summer 1943. 
We were paid by check from the government.
We filled clothing orders for units (companies) that were shipping out. I worked the midnight shift 12-8. There was a Warrant officer in charge, a lady did the paper work and 3 young guys that did the work. The clothing came in bundles shirts pants etc. and shoes came in boxes.
When we were off they would go out of the camp on C Street and across Route 18 and go swimming in the behind the Blue Sky.
I remember guards walking along the railroad siding by the warehouse.
I also remember seeing Italian and German POWS. Another memory is seeing a Captain looking out a window at a group of soldiers hanging out in front of this one barrack… finally he went over to look and see what was going on discovered that there was a “lady of the night” in there. It was said that she got smuggled in in a mail bag.
I quit school and started working at Keystone Works and was drafted into the Army while working there.
- John (Sunny) McCorkle - Former Greenville Resident

After the closing of Camp Reynolds the area begin to be developed into a residential and industrial area by the Greenville Businessmen's Association. Gunnison Homes makers of pre-fabricated homes had a contract with the government to offer GI mortgages to veterans.
My father Warren Goehring was an individual local contractor in the 1950 & 60s who had a contract with  Gunnison Homes to put up houses purchased with the GI mortgage. He built around 400 homes.
The prefab houses were put together in Pittsburgh and shipped here. The homes were built on cement slabs as the GI mortgage would not pay for a cellar. If the veteran wanted a cellar or any other addition they had to supply the money for it.
A majority of the new homes in the Reynolds residential area were made by Gunnison Homes and later on were made by Crestwood Homes located in the Reynolds industrial area and other companies.
- Greg Goehring - Son

I worked at the 10th Street PX while I was in High School. We would catch rides to the camp, sometimes riding in cars that would be dropping off students from St. Michaels School who lived in the camp area.
I worked there from mid 1943 to when the camp was closing.
The inside of the PX I worked had a counter almost the length of the building... on one end was draft beer (3:2 beer), next was where milk, pop, sandwiches and candy could be purchased and at the far end was where cage beer was sold (cage beer was in bottles and packed on ice) and the latrine was. A guy would sell draft beer, another guy would sell the cage beer and a young girl would be selling the food, candy and pop.
As the camp neared closing I remember the Army's system of disposing of things that would not be transferred... if it could be burnt, they would burn it; if it couldn't be burnt then they would smash it; and if they couldn't smash it they would bury it.
During my time there I experienced several major events at the camp. Below are a few of them... .
Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Joe Louis... My dad took me to Joe Louis fight an exhibition match against Jersey Joe Walcott at the Amphitheater.
Judy Garland... I remember seeing Judy at the camp during her 2 day stay.
Race Riot... I was working the night of the riot and remember hearing gun shots and me and another guy who worked with me to the Recreation Hall near 12th Street and hid under some mats until we thought the coast was clear. We later learned what the shooting was about.
- John Connelly - Former Greenville Resident

When I was a young boy I was up at Packard Park playing with some friends. While we were there two men came and were swimming and diving in the river (at that time there was a high & low dive on the river). They swam for a while and then left. We later discovered that the two men were German Prisioners of War (POWS) from Camp Reynolds.
- Vince Tofani - Former Greenville Resident