Bailey, Jim C.
Drawdy, J. B.
Fields, B. W.
Padgett, B. W.
Sanders, W. R.
Stone, M. B.
Suell, J. C.
Waldrop, J. D.
|Company 5438, CCC, was organized May 12, 1936, at the conditioning
camp, Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, with Capt. Russel F. Blades, Cav.-Res.,
in Command, and Lieut. William H. Blytt, Inf.-Res., as Junior Officer.
The company was composed of eight enrollees who served as cadre, and one
hundred thirty-seven rookies. After spending two weeks in conditioning,
the members of the company entrained on May 25, 1936, for Camp A-3Md.,
Beltsville, Maryland, arriving May 27.
Camp A-3-Md., located in the National Agricultural Research Center,
near Washington, D. C., was previously occupied by a Third Corps Area Company.
The work project was under the supervision of E. H. Bowen, Camp Superintendent,
who was transferred four months later, and replaced by Harry E. Hughes.
Upon arrival of the company, E. H. Covell was assigned as Camp
Under the guidance of Mr. Burroughs a comprehensive educational program was carried on. An athletic held was constructed and full equipment procured for the various sports. Four evenings a week were devoted to academic and vocational studies. Correlated job instruction classes were taught two nights each week.
Proximity to the Nation's Capitol afforded the men of the company an unusual opportunity to visit places of historic and scenic interest. Frequent recreational trips were made to these places.
Captain Blades was relieved of command February 15, 1937, and was succeeded by Capt. Hall S. Crain. Six weeks later Captain Crane went off duty and Lieutenant Blytt, then Junior Officer, received his appointment as Company Commander.
On October 3, 1937, word was received that the company was to be transferred to the Ninth Corps Area. Three days later the westward trek began. Four days and three nights of cross-continental travel afforded an experience that few men of the company will ever forget. About 11:00 o'clock Friday, October the 10th, 1937, under cover of darkness, the journey was ended. Camp Hackamore, our destination, had been reached. Camp Hackamore was found to be one of the most ideally situated camps of the West. While somewhat distant from any large city, it is not so isolated as to prohibit one or more recreation trips each week to nearby towns.
Under the supervision of Mr. Winfred L. Gier, Camp Educational Adviser,
a well-rounded out educational program has been put into effect. Academic
and vocational subjects, correlated job instruction, the arts and crafts,
and correspondence courses constitute one of the best educational programs
of the Corps Area. A library of nearly three thousand volumes together
The wild life of this section of the country is of special interest to the nature-loving members of the company. There was great excitement in camp one morning when a herd of deer was discovered browsing near the infirmary. Later, it was learned that it was not at all unusual for even larger herds to be seen in and about camp.
Two work projects are now under way. The construction of the Canby-Hackamore telephone line, under the direction of Foreman Holmes will be completed about the middle of March, and the construction of the Moditz Road, in charge of Foreman Sherman, will receive the finishing touches about the same time. Both foremen are old "hands" at the game, and are able to give the most valuable of information to the men on the job. Weekly, correlated instruction is offered by all members of the technical service, and more than two-thirds of the company take advantage of the chance to improve themselves.
Replacements gave Camp Hackamore representatives from nine of the Southern States, when, on October the 24th, 1937, ninety-three new men arrived, bringing the company strength up to one hundred sixty-four.
The present staff of the company includes: 1st Lieut. William H. Blytt,
Commanding Officer; 2nd Lieut. James C. Kemp, Adjutant; Mr. Winfred L.
Gier, Educational Adviser; Mr. Frank W. Kauffman, Project Superintendent;
and Technicians Roland B. Sherman, Harold H. Holmes, Roy R. Rauh, Anthony
A. Silveira, Francis G. Gassaway, Daniel J. Seibert, Joseph McAnally, and
Gordon G. Dixon.
First Lt. William H. Blytt - Inf-Res. - Commanding Officer
Second Lt. James C. Kemp - Inf-Res. - Junior Officer
Winfred L. Gier - CEA
Mr. Frank W. Kauffman - Project Superintendent
Mr. Roland B. Sherman
Mr. Gordon Dixon
Mr. Daniel J. Seibert
Mr. Joseph C. Mcanally
Mr. Lennox J. Desselles
All Southern Oregon and Nothern California Camps from
Ninth District Camps and locations in 1938 and description