(taken from a 1938 yearbook owned by Hazel Gendron)
(Pictures at the bottom)
|Adams, John W.
Andrew, Earl V.
Benton, George C.
Bilbo, Broadus C.
Brooks, Cosby L.
Bryson, Robert H.
Crooks, John B.
Dennard, Charles A.
Gonzalez, Harry L.
Hanan, W. Frank
Hite, John L.
Johnson, James D.
Langell, Fred C.
Loomis, Gailord M.
Oakes, Ronald W.
Parker, J. C.
Porter, I. H.
Poulson, William R.
Robinson, James D.
Ross, John F.
Sapp, William A.
Sparks, Lee G.
Speer, Henry A.
Stone, Herbert F.
Wheeler, Hardin A.
Williams, Carl D.
Williams, Edward L.
Williams, Harry H.
Woods, John W.
Yawn, Drew W.
York, Thomas W.
Company 5470 was organized October 6, 1936, when 141 tired and train-weary young men arrived at Fort Bragg, N.C. During the following few days the enrollees were busy drawing clothing and equipment and erecting tents for other men due to arrive later. During the 14 days that the men remained in the conditioning camp, there were many rumors of the transfer to Pennsylvania.
Finally on October 20, 1936, the entire personnel of the company entrained and began the long journey to Clearfield, Pa., where they arrived on October 21. The group was met by the personnel of Company 1380, which had formerly occupied Camp S-118 to which Company 5470 had been assigned.
After the arrival of the company, the enrollees encountered discouraging weather which added to the confusion of organizing an entirely new company made almost completely of new enrollees.
Although the camp has been concerned chiefly with the building of forest roads for fire protection and is maintaining 50 miles of roads for such purposes, other constructive wok was also carried on.
Enrollees were engaged in stand improvement, which necessitated cutting down and burning dead species of lumber. Through such activity 375 acres have been liberated to superior species which were being suppressed by inferior ones. In carrying on roadside clean-up members of the company gathered and burned all the debris as far as 50 feet on both sides of the road.
Another project the members of the company engaged in was on the cleaning of land areas for planting. All debris from previous forest fires, dead trees and standing snags were cut, burned and prepared for new planting. A total of 130 acres has been cleared and a total of 375,000 trees planted. In addition stream improvement wok was also carried on to provide more food and protective shelter for fish. Three miles of such improvement have been completed along Sanderís Run. Two types of dams, The Deibler and Boulder, have been constructed. The former consists of poles and its chief object is to provide shelter while the Boulder Dam is made from rocks and is used to retard the velocity of stream flow and to make shelters.
One 65-foot steel flag pole was erected by the company with an electric light on top which illuminated the camp area at night. And many other improvements were made which made the camp outstanding.
On October 9, 1937, Company 5470 was transferred to the Ninth Corps Area and arrived at Camp Klamath BR-41, Merrill, Oregon, and on October 14, 1937. The group was met by the personnel of Company 568, which had formerly occupied Camp Klamath BR-41.
The enrollees are engaged in reclamation work which consists of irrigating the land, building irrigation ditches, constructing bridges and water control structures, eradication of poisonous and noxious weeds, constructing roads, fighting forest fires, repairing breaks in canals and laterals to protect crop lands from water destruction.
The members of Company 5470 represent the states of the southeast of the United States, namely, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Camp life is proving most beneficial to the entire enrollee personnel. Opportunities educationally, recreationally, and vocationally are afforded in the daily routine of camp life.
Capt. Broadus C. Bilbo, Commanding Officer, has been with the company since its organization.
Staff: Capt. Broadus C. Bilbo, Inf.-Res., Commanding; First Lieut.
George C. Benton, QM-Res., Transportation Officer; Mr. I. H. Porter, Project
Superintendent; Mr. William R. Poulson, Educational Adviser.
All Southern Oregon and Nothern California Camps from
Ninth District Camps and locations in 1938 and description
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