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Picturing the Past 114: Soldiers in the streetsPosted Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 3:38 PM
Soldiers in downtown Shelbyville during World War II maneuvers. (National Archives photo)
My elders told me of residents waking up to see their yards covered with sleeping soldiers; of the old railroad depot being used as a site to entertain soldiers; and of many people in western Bedford County being evacuated from their homes for months.
Here's a photo of troops marching from South Main onto Depot Street. For me, it's interesting seeing a location that's so familiar -- in some ways, it's hardly changed -- yet looking so different. Looks like the soldiers were getting the civilian support they deserved.
This photo, from the National Archives, was part of a press release we received for a historical society meeting. It's part of a book "In The Presence Of Soldiers,' written by Woody McMillin, who will be speaking to the Bedford County Historical Society and signing books at their meeting, next Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. It sounds like a good read for anyone who experienced -- or, like me, just heard the stories -- of those days. Supposedly the book has many more photos like this one.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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