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“Pvt. John F. Terry is a world’s champ,” read the caption of this photo in the Aug. 26, 1942, edition of the Lee Traveller. (Photo by U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum)

FORT LEE, Va. (July 27, 2017) -- This installment of the Historic Photo of the Month looks back to 1942 and a Lee Traveller article about a world’s champ.

“Pvt. John F. Terry of the 111th Regiment has an appointment with Berlin – and he intends keeping it one way or another.”

That is the first paragraph of an article in the Aug. 26 edition of the weekly newspaper. It appeared under the headline “Mighty Powerful Little Man.”

“Terry, who now holds the title of Featherweight Lifting Champion of the world, was a member of the U.S.A. weightlifting team during the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin, and was scheduled to go again in 1940, but was withheld because of the war.

“Terry said, ‘It won’t be weightlifting when we get there this time, I guess, but weightlifting or fighting, I have no doubts of the outcome. We’ll beat them again.’

“Though weighing only 132 pounds, Terry holds the official world’s record of lifting 610 pounds dead lift – 478 pounds more than his own weight. He established this record in November 1941. Another record still to be smashed by those who care to try is the two-hand-snatch of 215 pounds set by Terry in Vienna, Austria, in 1938.

“Down behind Camp Lee’s Service Club, Terry conducts a class in weightlifting and bodybuilding, plus general lectures on hygiene and health. His 15 years’ experience in physical education, a tour of Europe, and much practical knowledge, qualifies him to show the lads how to build up their muscles in the proper methods.”

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