posted on Dec, 12 2007 @ 06:25 AM
OK folks I had another discussion with my source and found some info of questionable utility to this mystery, but I will share it nonetheless.
First of all while I have your attention-- this person was able to name names and dates of birth about something, I do not know if it would be prudent
to share that info in a public venue. In fact most of what they had to tell me related to these people, though the connection to the ILP, or even the
area, can not be proven. If someone could clarify for me if I would be allowed to post that, please do so.
I am not a natural skeptic nor a natural believer, I take everything that interests me and enter into research with an open mind, willing to go any
way that evidence leads me.
Let me start by saying some of my own comments that I did not before. I am not a huge military history buff, but I did my time (almost 15 years total)
in the US Army and I have seen enough photos of old uniforms to know a few things. The vintage of the uniforms in most of those photos I can say for
sure is post-WWII and pre-1970s. The edges of the insignia are of the style used around the Korean conflict era, as well as things like lapel taper
and button spacing. Lots of little things just struck me. One thing that was unusual, though I'd have to go back and look again, was the degree of
"50 misson crush" on the cap of the officer with the edited face. It looked too crinkly, I can't imagine an officer having a hat look like that,
even given the "crush" look, something just rubbed me wrong about that.
The photo of the gate/sign with the "Indian head" painted on it. I know the 2d ID has a different-style head on a star and shield, but I showed it
to a 2d ID re-enactor and history buff (just the cropped insignia), and he said it was NOT any insignia ever used by the 2d ID. In fact he said
something interesting that ties into what my source who went to the scout camp said-- he said it reminded him of a logo for some scout program. I was
in the Boy Scouts of America myself and the only thing I can remotely think of is the Order Of The Arrow, but a bit of searching got my rusty brain to
recall that there was no such logo (that I can find) from the Order of the Arrow.
My source added that the camp was operational in 1985 or 86 as a Girl Scout camp, as far as they know. I did some obsessive online searches and only
found mention of a couple camps in that area, neither a scout camp. The first is called 4H Camp Overlook, still in operation, and whose construction
seems to predate the ILP, according to their history. The second is Camp Owaissa, which either is/was in western Massachusetts with some ties to
Indian Lake, or was a very obsolete camp with only one mention of being near Indian Lake. I do not think Owaissa exists anymore.