Family Of Oklahoma Army Veteran Seeks Help With Old Photo
Porum Landing, OKLAHOMA - The family of a U.S. Army veteran from Checotah hopes the public can help it identify the other men in a photo taken as they shipped off to basic training during the Korean War.
Bobby Gene "Fishman" Lane was 84 years old when he died on June 13, 2013, leaving behind two daughters, a son, a brother and a sister. He had worked for Muskogee Iron Works for 27 years when he retired in 1991. He'd lost his wife, Gladys, in 2009 after 53 years' of marriage.
Bobby was born on August 18, 1928 in Texanna, Oklahoma. According to the obituary Bobby wrote himself, the doctor who delivered him received a fee of two bushels of corn, four-dozen eggs and one gallon of milk.
Now his family has uncovered a photo of Bobby and nine other young men sitting on a sidewalk. His niece, Heather Lane, says the family believes it was taken in front of the Eufaula bus station, as the men prepared to head to Camp Roberts, California for basic training in 1952. Heather said all the men had just been drafted.
Heather, who lives in Porum Landing, says her uncle is the man on the far left of the photo. Heather said the family hopes to hear from anyone who recognizes any of the men in the photo. You can contact her at email@example.com.