History of the CORP
The CORP started out as a merger of three gangs from the early to mid 1960s: Mohawk Street (Mohawks), Hudson Street (Hudsonís), and the Cleveland Jammers. The Mohawks were the older guys and brought a lot of experience to the gang. The name CORP was taken from members of the St. Michael's High School Drum and Bugle Corp, hence the name the Corp. In 1970-71, the CORP considered themselves one of the largest white gangs in Chicago at that time. The older guys hung at a playlot across from Gas For Less on Armitage between Mohawk and Hudson. Their symbol was a cross with three points above it. There emblem was a cross as part of the capital C. They used initials to represent their four sections:
- Sedgwick CORP SSC
- Belden and Burling CORP BBC
- Magnolia St. CORP MSC
- Cuyler Street CORP CSC
- CSC CORP was across from Lakeview School.
- Norridge, ILL. section
The CORPís neighborhood was mainly German and Italian, but their membership was made up of German, Italian, Polish, Turks, Mexican, and one Chinese greaser. During the 60s, the neighborhood just north of the Cabrini Green Housing Projects was made up of run down tenement apartments with a lot of abandon buildings.
1970 was a violent year for the CORP. They fought some serious gang fights with the Dayton and Armitage Latin Kings. It got so bad that the Chicago Police assigned a gang squad unit to the Waller High School area. The unkept field across from Waller High School was referred to as Vietnam for all the fighting and the jungle look about the place.
Their biggest rivals were the Dayton and Armitage Latin Kings and the Young Lords. The Latin Kings shared a corner with the Young Lords. At the time, the Young Lords had a church on that same corner. They also fought the Cobra Stones, Clybourn Corrupters, Disciples, Black Deuces aka Deuces Wild, Black Angels, and had some minor humbugs with the newly emerging Simon City Royals who were allied with the Harrison Gents.
Cobra Stones and Deuces Wild
The CORP fought many fights against the Cobra Stones and the Deuces Wild gangs from the Cabrini Green Projects. CORP members were shot at many times driving down Larrabee past the projects. The situation was tense between the CORP and the Black gangs within the projects until the 1970 shooting incident of two Chicago Patrolmen, where Sgt. James Severin and Officer Anthony Razzato were killed by snipers. At that time, the Chicago Police had a Walk and Talk program which was trying to get to know the community and Parlay a peace treaty between the Black gangs: Deuces Wild (aka Black Deuces), Cobra Stones and the Black Disciples when the shootings occurred. After the shootings, the CPD came down hard on the projects which eased tensions between the Black and gangs and the CORP due to increased pressure on the project. The CORP was then free to concentrate on their other enemies, the Latin Kings and the Black Angels to their north.
The area north of Cabrini Green. They defended their turf along North Avenue.
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Last Cabrini Highrise Demolition by Artistmac
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