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Camp Shelby Holds Rededication Ceremony

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dozens of soldiers gathered Monday at Camp Shelby to dedicate the original site of what used to be the headquarters of an infantry division from Pennsylvania during
World War II. 

"About 70 years ago this was filled with temporary buildings," said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

He described the grounds looked like back in 1945 during WWII.

"It would be filled with tens of thousands of soldiers," he said.

Camp Shelby officials held a special ceremony today to honor those men of the 28th Infantry Division of Pennsylvania.

"This has become an intricate part of our history," Craig said. "On this spot was where the 28th division from Pennsylvania came in August of 1945 as they demobilized."

Today's 'Iron Soldiers' from that same division are preparing to go home from Afghanistan. Craig said it teaches them a good lesson.

"It tells my young solders who just stood here that 68 years ago there grandfathers probably who took part in WWII who came through this place, now here they are doing the same thing," he said.

A plaque will be left on the sight to remember those soldiers.

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