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Since You Asked: Military history in the W.C.

Where is the Camp White Military Museum? I've heard about it but I'm not sure where it is located. As a veteran, I would like to see it.

— George H., Brookings

The museum is well worth a visit even if you aren't a veteran, George.

It's in a hallway of the second floor of Building 200 at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC) in White City, formerly and informally known as the Dom.

The SORCC is on the site of the old Camp White Army base during World War II. Many of the more than 50 buildings were built during the war, making it an ideal location for the museum.

Created by the nonprofit Camp White Historical Association a decade ago, the museum is 325 feet long and chock full of old photographs and memorabilia. As you walk down the hallway, you can mentally step back into the time of GIs and doughboys, of sailors and fighter pilots.

With thousands of items donated by veterans over the years, the museum covers everything from the Spanish-American War in Cuba to the war in Iraq. You will walk away from it with a newfound appreciation for local veterans, beginning with Pvt. Frank High of Ashland, the first fellow from Southern Oregon to win a Medal of Honor. He was awarded the military's highest honor for courage on May 16, 1899, when he was a member of the 2nd Oregon Guard during the Spanish-American War.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. But it will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, as Camp White Military Museum Awareness Day.

Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information, call weekdays at 826-2111, Ext. 3674.

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