Mississippi Streets: 1930s Camp Shelby


CAMP SHELBY--Near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was established during the World War. Situated on high rolling pine clad hills this camp will be one of the largest in the country.

CAMP SHELBY–Near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was established during the World War. Situated on high rolling pine clad hills this camp will be one of the largest in the country.

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Categories: Hattiesburg, Military


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  1. Thanks for this picture. Beginning in 1955 I made 10 summer camps at Camp Shelby as a member of th 114th Military Police Co. I was 15 years old at the time having lied about my age. It was a common practice back then as the Guard was desperate for members with the main requirement being a ‘warm body’. and age was not a factor. We had great times every year. On post patrols we often took the jeep into the miles of roads in the’boondocks’, where we found lot of old ramshackled structures and concrete block foundations that barracks had once sat on. At that time the original Post Headquarters, a huge white wooden building was still in existence, but unfortunately it was torn down. Also still in existance were the original north and south gates with their octagon shaped wooden gatehouses that were still being used. Many of the original ‘chow halls’ were still being used the last time I visited a few years back, as well as a few other buildings from the war years that were still in existence.

    Troops came to Camp Shelby from all over the south for training. In those days most stayed in squad tents similar to those shown in the photo, The 114th and the State Detachment were quite lucky, as we stayed in the only 3 troop quonset huts on the base. It was lots of fun to a bunch of young guys. Off duty we often went to Geiger Lake and also spent a lot of time hanging out at UMS and the local gathering places around the school. All the accomodations were blistering hot in July and August. We had electricity and fans. I don’t know how the guys in the tents stood the heat.

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  2. Reblogged this on Keenon Walker Downtown and commented:
    Found a great piece of local history.


  3. Hudson Salvages the WPA Paul B. Johnson Memorial Highway Marker… Resurrecting It from MDOT’s Memory Hole.

    Thanks to Senator Billy Hudson, the highway marker is now “Standing Tall” at the spot that it was “removed” from by MDOT contractors. Or it may have been the victim of highway vandalism.
    The original location of the marker was between the Highway 49 four-lanes, but was knocked off its pedestal during a vehicle accident at the intersection in 1958.
    Is it too much to as that Uncle Billy(Winter) and his Brandeis Bummers to come clean and tell us where Fritz Behn’s Bronze statue of Bilbo is stowed away from the prying eyes of historians? I last saw it displayed at the Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance website two years ago. A Mexican LBGTQ-colored blanket shrouded the head and upper torso of the bronze statue. The post has since been taken down. Fritz Behn’s works bring high dollars at auction. Put it up for auction!


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