The Lyerly High School Home Guard was organized during World War II by Mr. Bob Crawford, a local merchant and veteran of World War I.  The group was allowed to bring firearms to school to participate in close order drills.

guns at school

Left to right (front row) are Branson Gayler, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, and George Gilbert.

This photograph has been cropped, but the full photograph is scheduled to be included in the upcoming Images of America: Chattooga County book.

Thanks to Branson Gayler for contributing the photograph and information.

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