In January 1941 from 7-10 years old, I was in St. John’s Orphanage in Wash. DC located four blocks from the White House. That summer, the kids all went to a summer house located near Ft Myers, VA. WWII started in Dec. 1941 and that house was taken over by the Army at Ft. Myers so the next summer we went to the YMCA camp at Edgewater, MD. I went there the summer of 1942 -43 from the orphanage and then the summers of 44, 45, 46 after I left the orphanage. I learned to swim at the camp and eventually worked up to swimming a mile. I won a lot of awards, all felt banners with YMCA printed on them. I still have them.
February 10, 2015