"When you see a full town turn out as that train pulls into the siding up here at Fairmont – not just the Fairmont people, but I don't think but that maybe the cop was the only one [left] in Geneva. And I don't think that there was maybe half a dozen people in York that weren't at that siding on both sides of the train. And that train crept into that siding and stopped up there. And here they stand with coffee, with flags, welcome signs, you name it. They were there, from the little kids up to the good looking gal's, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, wagons sitting across the streets with the cars. They came from I don't know where, but a reception committee like that is hard to forget…
   "Welcoming us to the base. And they wouldn't let go of us. As a result, a lot of us call this place home. This is our home. I live over south of Omaha, Nebraska [135 miles away]. Little town called Plattsmouth, Nebraska. I come down here at least twice, maybe three times a month. I can't let go of this place. They say you can take the farm out of the kid but you can't take the kid out of the farm, you're looking at him. This is home. "

Sedgefield Hill – A Welcoming


Other Excerpts from Sedgefield Hill’s Interview:

Urban Soldiers on Rural Bases
Finding Housing & a Family