Bus fares for soldiers were
drastically reduced during the
summer of 1943. Roundtrip service
and Camp Shenango
was 20 cents. It cost 50 cents for
the same service to Sharon and $1.00
for the trip to
The camp flagpole which
stands along Route 18 was fabricated
at the Greenville plant of Chicago
Iron Company. It required
some tricky maneuvering to get the
125-foot long truck and special rig
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
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,
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
The first fire at Camp Shenango
occurred on December 28, 1942,
leveling a newly equipped mess hall.
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
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
send men and equipment to clear
ice ruts and ridges from borough
streets so that residents no longer
have to ask "which rut do you
take to Sharon?" The army supplied scarifiers, graders, and loaders, to
Fifty volunteers from every
regiment made up the Camp Reynolds
drum and bugle corps which was
be the first
representing the entire army on any
post in the country. The commander
was Major Royal C. Wilson
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
named William Briggs
succumbed to a heart attack. The
first actual construction casualty
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,
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.