Forgotten photos resurrect memories of service camp



IN the process of downsizing his Columbus home, Alvin Horn came across a large framed photo montage that clearly would not make the cut of getting into smaller surroundings.

This item, however, would not wind up in a yard sale or, worse yet, a landfill. It was a piece of history. Some of that history was distantly related to Alvin.

The centerpiece of the display was a long team photo. Approximately 200 men were lined up in five rows in front of a vintage airplane. They were in uniforms, but not those that indicated military service.

The group photo was sandwiched between other images depicting scenes familiar to anyone who served in the military during much of the 20th century — a mess hall, barracks with neatly made cots, a rec room, even a library. At the bottom of the montage was an exterior scene of a neatly manicured camp.

 

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