Veterans Tribute from Museum Corner

The Knox Historical Museum Corner plans to feature some rare and a few unpublished photographs of veterans for the entire month of November. This is our tribute to the brave men and women who have served our nation. These photographs will focus on our Knox Countians who served during peacetime as well as others who served during combat. Many of our readers will recognize the familiar faces of old friends and relatives.

We have another photograph this week of Company C of the 149th Infantry of Camp Knox (US Army later to become known as Fort Knox) Kentucky dated 1935. Capt. Ben C. Herndon is the Company Commander. The soldiers identified in this photo are all from Knox County.

Soldiers in front of tents at Ft. Knox2

Please note the items shown in this photo. These tents were designed for two people. This picture appears to show a routine inspection. The men have all of their equipment laid out on the ground including their knapsack/haversack which contained their shaving equipment, mess kit, towel and blanket. Other items that were attached to the haversack by a belt worn around the waist were: a canteen, first aid kit, pistol, a magazine and trench knife/shovel. All soldiers had a Carbine M1 rifle and gas mask. Even though these specific items can’t be seen in this photo, these were the contents found in most knapsacks/haversacks up through WWII. Their helmets are shown sitting on the ground in front of the soldiers.

Pictured are:

Right to Left: Capt. Ben Herndon, 1st Sgt. Gus E. Hauser, Pvt. Clint Fisher, Pvt. Arnold Hammons, and Pvt. John Hubbard

The remaining soldiers were not identified.

This photograph and numerous others are on display in the Military Room of the Knox Historical Museum. The Museum is open on Wednesdays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Please contact me: Dora Sue Oxendine Farmer, HP 606-546-3940 or email if you have any additional information on this photograph.