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1917 ✯ Camp Gordon ✯ 1919

 
 
1917 * Camp Gordon * 1919 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, December 7, 2008
1. 1917 * Camp Gordon * 1919 Marker
Inscription. Constructed during America´s rush to mobilize for World War I, Camp Gordon was one of 16 temporary training camps, the largest in the southern states and the focus of Atlanta´s wartime patriotic spirit. It served as birthplace and training ground for the legendary 82D "All American" division and base hospital No. 43, the Emory University Medical Unit.

Built under the supervision of Major J.N. Pease, QM Corps, and engineered by Lockwood-Greene & Co., Camp Gordon was the largest construction project in Atlanta history to that time. Ready for troop occupancy in just five months, the camp´s 2,400 acres included 1,635 buildings with barracks for 46,612 men and corral space for 7,688 horses and mules. The November 11, 1918 armistice ended "The Great War" and the need for Camp Gordon. It was salvaged and abandoned by 1921.

The Emory Unit served in France and was reactivated for World War II. Atlanta´s own 82D Division fought with distinction in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, suffered 8,077 casualties and produced the most decorated hero of the war, Sgt. Alvin York. It was reactivated for World War II as the 82D Airborne Division.
 
Erected 1988 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 044-91.)
 
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1917 * Camp Gordon * 1919 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, December 26, 2005
2. 1917 * Camp Gordon * 1919 Marker
The marker as originally installed on Airport Drive.
series.
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 52.617′ N, 84° 18.247′ W. Marker is in Chamblee, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Airport Drive 0.6 miles east of Clairmont Road (Georgia Route 155), on the right. Click for map. The marker is located at the end of Airport Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Airport Drive, Atlanta GA 30341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1941 ✯ Naval Air Station Atlanta ✯ 1959 (here, next to this marker); The Rainey Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Samuel House Plantation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site: Blake’s Mill (approx. 1.5 miles away); Oglethorpe University (approx. 1.5 miles away); Old Cross Keys (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dodge's & Blair's Columns Separate (approx. 2 miles away); Dodge's 16th A.C. Camp on Nancy's Creek (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker was originally installed on Airport Drive near the Clairmont Road intersection. It was moved to the end of the Drive in 2007-2008, to a newly landscaped small park.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyWar, World IWar, World II
 
1917 * Camp Gordon * 1919 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, December 7, 2008
3. 1917 * Camp Gordon * 1919 Marker
The marker (left) is installed with a flagpole, a small plaque, and the "1941 * Naval Air Station Atlanta * 1959" Historic Marker.
<i>The Human American eagle; 12,500 officers, nurses and men; Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga....</i> Photo, Click for full size
By John D. Thomas and Arthur S. Mole., 1918
4. The Human American eagle; 12,500 officers, nurses and men; Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga....
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. (Click on picture to enlarge.)
<i>82nd Division review in honor Mrs. J.B. Gordon, Brigadier General Burnham commanding...</i> Photo, Click for full size
By Spencer & Wyckoff, 1918
5. 82nd Division review in honor Mrs. J.B. Gordon, Brigadier General Burnham commanding...
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. (Click on picture to enlarge.)
 

 
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