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Burleson County in World War II

 
 
Burleson County in World WAR II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 8, 2014
1. Burleson County in World WAR II Marker
Inscription. During World War II, out of a population of 18,000 close to 1300 men and women from Burleson County joined the military, with 450 who attended Caldwell High School drafted or voluntarily enlisted. Many had never been outside the county before their service, but they deployed around the world in defense of freedom.

Area residents sacrificed for the war effort abroad and at home from the onset of American combat. At Pearl Harbor, Seaman 2/C Thomas J. Gary of Somerville died aboard the U.S.S. California while giving his life to save his crewmates from burning. The navy posthumously awarded Gary the Navy Cross and named two ships in his honor. Local national guard unit Company E, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division, sustained heavy losses at Salerno, Italy, with dozens of men killed, wounded, or captured. Other prisoners of war included 1st Lt. Hubert Womble, shot down over Romania during Ploesti oil field raids, and USMC Major Paul Brown, who survived the Bataan death march in the Philippines but died in a Japanese prison camp. The county's citizen soldiers stormed Normandy beaches on D-Day and fought in European and Pacific theaters.

Many women joined the Army and Navy Nurse Corps, and scores more worked in defense plants. Recycling drives around the county maximized the homefront war support effort. Some families
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By Jim Evans
2. Burleson County in World War II Marker
received citations as "agriculture victory leaders" for continuing farming operations during the war, even while short-handed at least five county families had five children at once serving in the military. Dozens of Burleson County men were killed during World War II, on battlefields overseas and in training accidents on American soil. Though countless heroic and unselfish acts, citizens demonstrated commitment to restoring liberty to the world.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14275.)
 
Location. 30° 31.911′ N, 96° 41.589′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Buck Street and South Main Street (Texas Highway 83), on the right when traveling south on West Buck Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell TX 77836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Caldwell (here, next to this marker); Burleson County (a few steps from this marker); John Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Early Settlers of Burleson County in the Texas War for Independence (within shouting distance of this marker);
Burleson County War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 8, 2014
3. Burleson County War Memorial
Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moseley's Ferry (approx. 10.9 miles away); Route of El Camino Real (approx. 13.7 miles away); Site of the Somerville Harvey House (approx. 16.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
 
Also see . . .  Burleson County Website. (Submitted on June 11, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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