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Herald-Dispatch photo archive - Harry Pockras was Chief Engineer of the Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, from about 1935 until his retirement in 1957. “My grandfather had had military training in the World War I equivalent of ROTC, the Student Army Training Corps, while he was an engineering student down at the University of Cincinnati,” said his grandson, Phil Pockras. “When he received a commission in the WWII era, it was first as a Major. He was later promoted; first to Lieutenant Colonel and then to full Colonel.” Richard McCoy of Huntington said the Chief Engineer was different in those days. “He was given and assumed complete authority in the execution of the Huntington Engineer District's mission. During (Pockras’) time, the Great Kanawha River Navigation System was constructed, Bluestone Dam was designed and constructed, Huntington Floodwall system and the design of Greenup Locks and Dam. Many wartime designs and construction projects, including a POW camp at the Greenbrier. In the Cold War, designs included support facilities for Strategic Air Command bases. Steam power houses, hospitals, fueling pads and runways, to name a few facilities. As you may surmise, Harry Pockras was a man who got his way.” Grandson Phil Pockras said as well as District work, his grandfather served our country overseas during the end of World War 2. “He commanded a Special Service Battalion of Army construction engineers as part of the reconstruction of Manila after its horrific destruction by Japanese forces. For his work, he received the Army Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit. Those who have served in the military know that these are not lightly given, particularly the Legion of Merit.” After Pockras’ retirement, he and his wife, Sue, moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There they lived until his death in 1969 in a car wreck near Miami. Sue Pockras, an active Red Cross volunteer, died in 1971 in Cincinnati.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- March 20, 2011

Mar. 20, 2011 @ 05:41 PM

We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.

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We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives. They are most likely from the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.

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