Camp Shelby was established in July 1917 as training camp for the 38th Infantry Division, comprised primarily of National Guard troops for Indiana and Kentucky, and inducted men from at least six states, the greatest contributor of which was Mississippi. The 38th occupied the camp from August 1917 – September 1918. It was designated as a demobilization center in December 1918, and was closed in fall of 1919.
However, the camp was reopened and was also a training center during World War II and beyond.
World War I
World War II
Camp Shelby – U. S. Army Center of Military History
Camp Shelby: 100 Years of History – Article, The Hattiesburg (Mississippi) American, 8 July 2017