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Bus fares for soldiers were drastically reduced during the summer of 1943. Roundtrip service between Greenville
and Camp Shenango was 20 cents. It cost 50 cents for the same service to Sharon and $1.00 for the trip to
Youngstown and return.
The camp flagpole which still stands along Route 18 was fabricated at the Greenville plant of Chicago Bridge and
Iron Company. It required some tricky maneuvering to get the 125-foot long truck and special rig through
downtown Greenville. The colors were first raised on this flagpole in September of 1943.
The Cleveland Indians played and defeated the post's military police team during their only camp appearance.
The Indians were managed by a still young Lou Boudreau.
Hiring of civilian helpers began in early December of 1942. Starting salary for most clerks, typists, checkers, etc.
was $1,260 per year.
"This is Camp Reynolds" was the name of the radio show broad­cast on Sundays during 1944 from WFMJ in
Youngstown. The program was written, directed, and narrated by Pfc. Bob Greener who had been affiliated with
NBC, CBS, and the movie industry in Hollywood before entering the military.
The first fire at Camp Shenango occurred on December 28, 1942, leveling a newly equipped mess hall. An
overheated stove was to blame. A week later the first mess was served at Camp Shenango.
The biggest soldier ever to be processed through the camp was Private Harold (Tiny) Layefsky, a one-time
Philadelphia bartender and semi-pro football player. The 22 year old GI stood six feet seven inches in his
stocking feet, weighed 270 pounds, wore size 16-E shoes, 42-37 trousers, and a 17-37 shirt.
During the last week of November 1945 the Greenville Business Men's Association asked Reynolds officials to
send men and equip­ment to clear ice ruts and ridges from borough streets so that residents no longer would
have to ask "which rut do you take to Sharon?" The army supplied scarifiers, graders, and loaders, to handle the
emergency.
Fifty volunteers from every regiment made up the Camp Reynolds drum and bugle corps which was believed to
be the first representing the entire army on any post in the country. The commander was Major Royal C. Wilson
and the director was Captain Owen B. Gardner, who at one time had been with the Hal Kemp orchestra.
The first death on the Camp Shenango construction site occurred 11 weeks into the project when a carpenter
named William Briggs succumbed to a heart attack. The first actual construction casualty came during
Christmas week in 1942 when 46-year-old Charles Hoffman died when his truck overturned.
The first member of the Women's Army Corps to be stationed at Reynolds was Lt. Lydia Briggs of Attleboro, MA.
She arrived February 6, 1944.
A Jamestown woman, Elnore Prosser, was chief operator of the extremely busy Camp Shenango telephone
exchange operated by the Signal Corps.