SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) A 71-year-old man in the Willamette Valley has completed a historical project to track down the 11 chapels from old Camp Adair, where a good many soldiers said a prayer before getting shipped out to fight in World War II.
The Army camp was mainly dismantled after the war, after training more than 100,000 troops. But the church buildings were set aside for congregations or as memorials.
It took Gary Richards two years to find them all.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times (http://bit.ly/TuNA2l ) published a story about his project, and tips from readers helped him identify the last two
One was in Crescent City, Calif., 275 miles south. The other buildings were scattered in Oregon.
Richards grew up on the fringes of the base and plans a book about it.
SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) A list of the Camp Adair chapel buildings Gary Richards tracked down in Oregon and California:
Living Hope City Church, 450 S.E. Washington St., Dallas
Grace Lutheran Church, 435 N.W. 21st St., Corvallis
Camp Colton, 30000 S. Camp Colton Drive, Colton
Westside Christian Church, 1866 Chambers St., Eugene
Saint Augustine Catholic Church, 1139 Highway 101, Lincoln City
Reedville Presbyterian Church, 2785 S.W. 209th Ave., Aloha
City Bible Church at Rocky Butte, 9200 N.E. Fremont Ave., Portland
Saint Paul's Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton
New Life Church, 1984 McKillican St., West Linn
Abiding Life Community Church, 405 Oak Terrace, Sweet Home
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 E. Macken Ave., Crescent City, Calif.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com