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Historic Damascus statue to be dedicated at May 21 ceremony

A statue honoring the “Boys of Company 3781 Camp Damascus” of the Civilian Conservation Corps will be dedicated at 10 a.m. May 21, at 345 Camphill Road in Damascus.

The statue is being dedicated to Dan R. “Coffee Dan” Dipert of Damascus.

The site for the camp in Damascus is now owned by W. Dan Dipert of Arlington, Texas, and placed at the original entry archway of the camp.

Dipert’s father, “Coffee Dan” Dipert was the first one to arrive at the area for the camp.

He was the cook and set up a tent kitchen to feed the men that arrived later.

Dan R. Dipert met a local girl, got married, and after World War II, opened a café, “Coffee Dan’s,” that was open on Highway 65 in Damascus from the late 1940s to the 1970s.

Dan R. Dipert and his wife Vernell have been married for 74 years.

Following the dedication of the statue, the Diperts invite those attending to join them for a guided walk on the path through Dan Dipert’s tree farm in recognition of National Walk in the Woods Day.

This year was designated the National year of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly to promote a broader understanding of the importance of forests, and to bolster global efforts to promote sustainable forest management and conservation.

The American Tree Farm system is helping raise awareness of the value and public benefits of America’s private forests as part of this exciting year-long program, W. Dan Dipert said.

HISTORY

The Civilian Conservation Corp or CCC was established in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The men in Camp 3781 served between 1935 and 1941, joining more than 3 million others nationwide during the Great Depression in an innovative Federal program to develop and preserve natural resources while helping rebuild the nation’s economy.

According to Dipert, the men of the CCC camps were grateful for three hot meals a day and a cot to sleep on.

“They were paid $30 a month of which $25 was sent home to their family,” he said. “They built the infrastructure for the national and state parks that we enjoy today.

“They used the first conservation practices that brought the land back from the dust bowl years.”

For more information, call Dipert at 817-371-1187 or e-mail at dan_dipert@yahoo.com.