(taken from a 1938 yearbook owned by Hazel Gendron)
(Pictures at the bottom)
Buonocore, Lawrence W.
Fletcher, Ernest S.
Harris, Ray J.
Oddie, Gilbert M.
Rohner, Preston E.
Westcoatt, M. R.
| Company 966th was first organized at Fort Lewis, Washington,
May 21, 1933. At this time Capt. Long, three Regular Army sergeants, and
forty enrollees entrained at 2:15 p.m. en route to Alpine, Oregon, for
Camp Cliff Springs F-48, Silver Lake, Oregon, which is about sixty miles
from Lapine, Oregon.
The company strength increased to 209 men by the 10th of June.
On October 2, an advance cadre of 16 men was sent to Camp Carberry Creek to start camp construction. October 23 the whole company moved from Camp Cliff Springs to Camp Carberry Creek. The camp was not completed yet and the men made their beds under the stars.
On December 4, First Lieut. B. C. King, CA-Res., was assigned to camp Carberry Creek and took command December 15, 1933.
March 23, 25 men were sent out as an advance cadre to Dog Lake, with First Lieut. King in command. The camp was situated on the edge of a lake about 32 miles west and south of Lakeview, Oregon.
April 25, the main camp moved to Dog Lake. It was only a summer camp and was of a temporary nature. The men lived in tents. The mess-hall, bath-house, latrine, cooler, bakery and electric light-shed were of wood construction. The rest of the buildings were tents with wooden floors.
May 23 and 24, there were 108 men on fires.
On July 10, 1934, there were 37 men discharged of the original group who first joined the company. This left but three of the “old soldiers”.
During July the men experienced a great deal of fire-fighting. Ninety men were sent to the Sugar Loaf Mountain fire in California. The entire company was sent to Rosy Creek fire which broke out shortly after the men returned from the Sugar Loaf Mountain fire. They were then sent to the Summit Prairie fire. They returned to camp on August 3rd, tired and dirty, with only almost fifteen days continuous fire-fighting experience.
During the next four or five months the men were in engaged in road construction and b ridge building at Camp Carberry Creek.
On May 7th, 1935, 31 men were sent to Dog Lake from Camp Carberry as an advance cadre and on the 10th of the month a change of station from Carberry to Dog Lake took place.
July 17, there were 70 men sent out to the Bonanza fire and 45 men were sent to the Fish Lake fire.
Another change of station was to take place and on October 22, 1935, 7 men were sent in advance to Bly, followed by 9 men on the 24th, ten men on the 25th, and 25 men on the 26th, which made a total of 52 men stationed at Bly and by the 10th of the month Camp Dog lake was evacuated and the whole company had moved to Camp Bly F-119, Bly Oregon.
On October 30, Capt. Preston E. Rohner, Inf-Res., relieved Capt. Buford E. Boy, Inf-Res., as Commanding Officer.
During the first twelve months at Bly, the company was engaged in road construction and improvement, camp ground development, bridge building, building construction and fighting spot fires.
On July 30, the entire company, with the exception of a fire guard, turned out to look for a woman who was supposedly lost on Quartz Mountain. However, it was later learned that she had hitch-hiked to her home in Portland, Oregon.
The Company strength at the end of August was 59.
October 10, 80 men were enrolled from Vancouver Barracks. October 13 men arrived from Klamath Falls. October 14, Capt. Bayard C. Taylor, Air-Res., was transferred from Camp South Umpqua Falls to Camp Bly.
October 15, 20 men were transferred from Camp Gunter to Camp Bly. October 16, 13 men were received from Vancouver Barracks. October 19, 7 men were enrolled from Klamath Falls. October 26, 2 men arrived from Klamath Falls. October 29, 4 men were sent to Camp Bly from Medford District Headquarters. The company strength at the end of October was 188.
On November 10, 58 men from camp at Hart Mountain were attached to this organization, making a total of 246 men who are attached to or are a part of this company.
During the past year the company has won the Medford District
Flag three times, having attained the highest rating in the District, and
attained honorable mention each other month with the exception of June.
All Southern Oregon and Nothern California Camps from
Ninth District Camps and locations in 1938 and description
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