“I was 16 and in much better shape back then,” Gedney chuckled. “When we got there, the rest were having a good old time, but we just collapsed in our bunks. We went hiking the next morning toward Old Forge.”
A special thanks to Evelyn Frazier Kesel, faculty and staff at Oneonta High School for their help in this story.
This weekend: The many activities of the WAAC, USO and U.N. locally in 1943.
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