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Civilian Conservation Corps 1938
5438th Company - Camp Hackamore (F-3)
Canby, CA

(taken from a 1938 yearbook owned by Hazel Gendron)

Members History
Abney, George
Abstance, Horace
Agner, John
Aldrich, Paul
Alexander, William
Anderson, Homer
Attaway, Austin
Bagley, Thomas
Bagwell, Claude
Bailey, Jim C.
Bales, Douglas
Barker, Homer
Barker, Lockard
Bassett, Charlie
Blackmon, Joe
Blalock, Hilton
Bordelon, Luther
Bradley, Jim
Braswell, Gwin
Brouillette, Walton
Burgess, George
Bush, John
Camp, Louie
Chaffin, Bud
Clayton, Carl
Cockrell, Wilbur
Collins, Edward
Collins, Willie
Cox, Knight
Crow, Willie
Daniel, Robert
Daniels, Wiley
Davis, Emory
Davis, Tom
Dempsey, Jewell
Dopson, Charlie
Drawdy, J. B.
Driver, Buddy
Dyer, James
Ellis, Arthur
Ellison, Alfred
Fields, B. W.
Finley, John
Ford, Nolan
Fricks, Durell
Fulton, William
Gardner, Bernard
Garren, Edwin
Gatlin, Willis
Gayton, Herman
Gilmore, Robert
Glawson, Thomas
Gray, Alton
Greer, George
Hammett, Leon
Harrison, Reuben
Hawkins, Gewin
Heaton, Eugene
Herlong, Lloyd
Holloman, William
Horton, William
Humphries, Dean
Hunnicutt, Fred
Jackson, Brewster
Jackson, Willie
Jones, Arthur
Jones, Chesley
Jones, Frank
Key, Orville
Lawrence, Stanford
Long, Harold
Love, Bert
Malone, John
Maroney, Benjamin
Mason, Lonzo
Mays, Vernon
McCormick, Albert
McFall, Emmett
McNair, George
McWaters, Wyatt
Mellon, Roy
Miller, Grady
Minshew, Harbin
Mitchell, Ernest
Moody, Jack
Morgan, Loyd
Muns, Johnnie
Murray, Barney
Nelson, Robert
Norton, Willis
Padgett, B. W.
Parker, Arvel
Peppers, Harley
Powell, Joseph
Powell, Robert
Prather, Ralph
Presley, Floyd
Reynolds, Charles
Sanders, W. R.
Sauls, Leonard
Scott, Charles
Scott, Singleton
Scott, Wallace
Seigler, Bill
Stanley, Frank
Stone, Allen
Stone, M. B.
Suell, J. C.
Tierce, Thomas
Vinson, Floyd
Waldrop, J. D.
Waller, Robert
Wells, Horace
West, Chester
West, Julius
White, Johnnie
Whiteside, John
Whitley, Arlie
Wooten, Obie
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 Educational Adviser, and continued in that capacity until succeeded by George W. Burroughs, September 15, 1936.

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 with current magazines and newspapers give the men of the company an opportunity to enjoy the best in literature. Movies are shown in the recreation hall, and the company has the use of both silent and sound equipment. Outdoor sports, such as volleyball, basketball, and hiking afford the men clean, wholesome sport, and twice weekly basketball games are played in the Alturas High School gymnasium.

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

Technical Personnel
Mr. Roland B. Sherman
Mr. Gordon Dixon
Mr. Daniel J. Seibert
Mr. Joseph C. Mcanally
Mr. Lennox J. Desselles


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