Albert McFadden has given me permission to share the following message, from him:
I believe my family (mother and 4 children) lived in the barracks in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel hit the area. The following day a bunch of us may have explored the aftermath of the storm and I remember seeing houses either floating on or partially underwater in what seemed like a small valley/hilly area close by. I remember there were communal showers/toilets and that the buildings were possible t-shaped or l-shaped on one level. There was a huge house nearby that caught fire and may have burnt to the ground around the same time.
Is there any information about the families living there and their names? I seem to recall a Black family with the name of Modesty (or something similar) living there. There may have been a large playing field there that may have had a building with 2 or more stories as I recall there being a stairway. The lake was nearby with a sandbar off shore. I recall rolling around on the ground with another boy near a pond and was afraid that we might roll into it as I could not swim.
Thank you for any info you may have or somewhere can direct me to that might be helpful. I was born in April 1948 and we may have moved there around 1954. Not sure if we were there for as long as a year as I don’t recall anything concerning going to school.
Aug. 5, 2018 interviews about Long Branch Army Camp
With prior permission from him, I have shared Albert McFadden’s email address with Garry Burke, Patrick Long, and Ted Long, who are featured at the following recent post:
When time permits in future, I will post reports based on my Aug. 5, 2018 interviews with Garry Burke, Patrick Long, and Ted Long.