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Will add more mail as I have the time. Thanks Steve Speer

 

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Sent: Fri 10/21/2005 10:46 AM
Subject: Camp Forrest information

I am a writer and am presently working on an article for Veteran's Day. A number of books and articles have been written about the men and women who served in WWII. I was almost 10 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor so I was too young to serve. However, my family lived in Tullahoma so I have first-hand knowledge of  what went on there during the war. In addition, I sold newspapers at Camp Forrest so I have a lot of memories from that experience. Residents were asked to open their homes to roomers and my parents did so for several years. The long list Included the wife of the POW camp commander and the woman who was director of the Women's USO club. My article will include things children and their families did in Tullahoma during the war and during the time Camp Forrest was open.

 
This is a wonderful web site but one very important element is missing. When did construction begin on Camp Forrest? I distinctly remember the time my father drove out what is now the new Tullahoma-Manchester highway and turned in where Gate 2 or 3 was eventually located, so we could see where they were working on the camp buildings. Since we were allowed to go in it must have been prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. If you do not have information regarding the start date, where do you suggest I  go to attain it?
 
I will send you my article.
 
Jim Bridges

Sent: Sat 9/17/2005 3:40 PM
Subject: 7th INFANTRY DIVISION IN KOREA


Dear Sir,

I was one of many who served during the occupation of Korea after WW II.  I was in "B" Co., 1st. Btn, 31st Infantry Regiment,  7th Division. I had  a copy of 
"THE SEVENTH DIVISION  in KOREA". During a flood in 1979 I lost it along with my many pictures I took while stationed on the 38th.  After the 7th Division was transferred back to Japan I was reassigned to the 5th Reg. Combat Team and stayed on the 38th until I was sent home in June 1949. 
Do you know where I might find a copy of this book? I have a picture of the book in the attachment.



Alton G. Rogers


Sent: Sat 9/3/2005 4:01 AM
Subject: Camp Forrest inquiry
 
Wonderful site!!! My father, Sgt. Henry Sikkema, was stationed at Camp Forrest when it was a POW camp.  I was born in the hospital there on site in April of 1945.  Both of my parents have passed away, and I am seeking information regarding my dad's time there.  I don't know the division he was in, but I believe he was connected with the medical corps in some way.  I would appreciate any information.  Thanks so much.  Mary Ann Potter, Raleigh, NC

Mary Ann Potter, Raleigh, NC [email protected]


Sent: Sat 6/25/2005 12:18 AM
Subject: Camp Forrest

EXCELLENT SITE!!
 
My father M/Sgt. Charles J. Adams was a part of the initial cadre when Camp Forrest was activated in Feb. 1941, he served as the Camp Sergeant Major for the duration of WWII. He served with the Hq. Det, Section I, Service Command Unit 1457. I believe this was a part of the Fourth Service Command. I have several interesting photos of the post, my father, General Ben Lear and the NCO club. Does anyone remember M/Sgt. Adams.  If so I would like to correspond with you.
 
Also, my mother Mrs. Geneva Adams served as a civilian clerk to the Camp's Adjutant.
My father passed away in 1987, but my mother is still alive and tells very fascinating stories about the post.
 
Lloyd Lewis Adams
Maryville, TN

Sent: Thu 1/20/2005 2:56 PM
Subject: Camp Forrest
 
Some Camp Forrest information.
 
Camp Forrest was called a POW camp in 1942, however it was in fact initially an internment camp for German, Japanese, and Italian civilian aliens. My German grandfather arrived there by prisoner train from Fort Meade in 1942 and stayed until late 1943 when real captured POWs began arriving. He was turned over to an INS internment camp in North Dakota where he spent the rest of the war. The Army called civilian internees, "POW's" and made them wear POW uniforms even though they were in fact civilian internees.
 
On a visit to Tullahoma, my son and I met several people who were surprised to hear this having assumed that all prisoners were captured soldiers. They had hidden in the bushes when the first trainloads arrived and said they were told that dangerous prisoners would be marched through town. My 57 year old artist grandfather was one of them. I have several Camp Forrest drawings he made.  If you would like more details let me know.
 
Charleston SC   843 412 0376


Sent: Sat 3/27/2004 6:09 PM
Subject: 191st, c& d batteries
 
EXCELLENT SITE!!!!!!!!
Hello, my name is Bill Jones and I an historian for Van Buren county doing research on the Spencer Artillery Range here in Van Buren County. We hope to do a history of the range which was an annex of Camp Forrest. We know that C Battery of the 191st trained on this range and would like to know if anyone remembers being there. We have been trying to locate pictures made on the range and if anyone has any they are willing to share it would be greatly appreciated. Also does anyone recognize the following names, Alton Evans from Oakman, AL., James Bartee from Castlewood VA., or Lewis Steadman? Also any stories the might recall would be useful. Thank you very much.