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Military museum proposed for Camden
Ross Beard wants to bring collection home
Ross Beard collection
A portion of Beard's collection is devoted to Peter Mason, the British spy and assasin who was the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, 007. - photo by Photo courtesy of Ross Beard
In January 2007, Lt. Col (ret.) Ross E. Beard Jr. of Camden showed off much of his personal collection of military and related memorabilia during a preview tour of the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia. Now, more than five years later, Beard, 83, wants to bring the collection home to the city where he has lived since 1953. During Camden City Council’s meeting Tuesday night, Beard made a lengthy presentation -- guns and photographs included -- on his collection and his vision for it in Camden.