Camp Gordon, Ga. Harry Dutchyshyn Photographer, [ 1953]. Large composite photographic print, 19 3/4 x 12 inches. Minor toning and edge wear, a few soft creases. Minor staining to verso. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM56559
An attractive and informative photographic roster picturing the officers and members of Company C at the Military Police Corps' Recruitment Training Center at Camp Gordon, Georgia in 1953. This was just a five short years after President Truman's Executive Order 9981, which ordered immediate desegregation of the United States military. This was the same year that Camp Gordon became the site of the Military Police School. This photographic roster shows 229 soldiers, consisting of a mixture of White and Black soldiers, each of whom is identified by last name, first initial and hometown beneath their thumbnail-sized portrait photograph. The overwhelming majority of the soldiers hail from the Deep South - Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. All four officers at the top are White. The photographer, Harry Dutchyshyn (1908- 1985), was an Austrian emigrant to the United States, arriving in New York in 1926. He became the post photographer at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey during World War II before working the same position at Camp Gordon in Georgia in the postwar years. His tagline at the bottom of the present photograph reads, "Serving Soldiers Since 1927." This was a year after he emigrated from Austria to the U.S., and immediately entered the military at Fort Slocum in New Rochelle. No copies in OCLC. Harry Dutchyshyn is listed in a few U.S. military publications related to the Single Integrated Air Picture System, but nothing like the present example.