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Bouse in La Paz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Camp Bouse

The 701st Tank Battalion

 
 
Camp Bouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
1. Camp Bouse Marker
Inscription.
Campaigns
Central Europe Northern France Rhineland

The 701st tank battalion was activated 3/28/43 at Camp Campbell, KY. Here 553 young men and officers began their journey into history. These men began their basic training and for many saw a tank for the first time.

The 701st relocated to Fort Knox, for further training. The battalion received orders on 12/8/43 to relocate to Camp Bouse, the mysterious secret camp. The men were introduced to the Grant Tank, a WW I designed tank which now had a 13 million candlepower light, "The Gizmo" mounted in the turret. Thus began the canal defense light project training.

The 701st left Bouse for Camp Kilmer, N. J. on 3/27/44 and then onto England aboard the R. M. S. Mauretania. The BN arrived at Liverpool on 5/1/44 and trained at Puncheston, Wales.

The 701st landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, France on 8/24/44. Here, most of the CDL Grant Tanks were replaced by Sherman Tanks.

The BN moved north through France and Belgium and on December 21st moved out from its positions at Heerlen, Holland and crossed the Siegfried Line into Germany at Uback. The 701st crossed the Roer River and saw its heaviest combat near Tetz, Hottorf, Viersen and Krefeld beginning on 2/25/45. The BN crossed the Rhine on 3/29/45 and pushed through Munster,
Camp Bouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
2. Camp Bouse Marker
Lower Plaque:
Plaque placed by the Lost Dutchman and Billy Holcomb Chapters of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus and the 701st Tank Battalion Association with the Co-operation of the Bouse Chamber of Commerce.
January 10, 1998
Bunde and Bismark. At Gardelegen, the 701st uncovered an atrocity where 1016 prisoners of war and political prisoners had been murdered by the enemy. As the wars end neared, orders were received to halt forward movement, finding the BN on the banks of the Elbe River, 50 miles from Berlin, thus ending the fighting of 701st.

This monument is dedicated to all these young soldiers and officers who gave of themselves, and especially to those 48 members of the BN who lost their lives in battle for the freedom of mankind.
 
Erected 1998 by Lost Dutchman and Billy Holcomb Chapters of E Clampus Vitus and the 701st Tank Battalion Association and the Bouse Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 88.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 55.899′ N, 114° 0.297′ W. Marker is in Bouse, Arizona, in La Paz County. Marker is on Broadway Avenue (Arizona Route 72 at milepost 27) south of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bouse AZ 85325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George L. Wendt (here, next to this marker); 748th Tank Battalion (here, next to this
Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
3. Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona
This marker is located to the right of the flagpole.
marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (here, next to this marker); 739th Tank Battalion (SP) (ME) (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); Monument Row (a few steps from this marker); 738th Medium Tank Battalion, Special (a few steps from this marker); 736th Tank Battalion (M) SP (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bouse.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,058 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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