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Near Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway

 
 
The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2014
1. The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway Marker
Inscription. Organized July 18, 1917 at Camp Bowie, Texas, the 36th Division was composed of National Guard units from the states of Texas and Oklahoma, and traced a part of its lineage to the Washington Guards of the Texas Revolution. During World War I, the 36th Division participated in the San Mihiel Offensive and the Meuse–Argonne Offensive with the French Army near St. Etienne-a-Armes and in the liberation of Rheims. Having spent twenty-three days in active sectors, the division captured 549 prisoners and suffered 2,528 casualties.
     In 1920 the division was reorganized with only Texas elements and was inducted into active duty on November 25, 1940. The division was sent to North Africa in April, 1943. In September, 1943, the 36th was part of the amphibious landing near Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno, the first American troops to fight on the mainland of Europe in World War II. The division became part of the campaign on the Winter Line near Mignano, and particularly at San Pietro. On May 18, 1944, the 36th participated in the Anzio beachhead operations. After completing the Italian Campaign, the division was part of the amphibious landing near San Raphael and Frejus in August, 1944. The 36th fought along the Rhone River Valley until it crossed the Moselle River, advancing through Lyon, Bourg, Besancon and Vesoul in September, 1944.
The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2014
2. The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway Marker
The division fought extensively through Germany, capturing such notables as Field Marshal Von Runstedt and Air Marshal Goering. During World War II, the 36th Division spent 400 days in actual combat, having fought five campaigns in four countries. The Division captured 175,806 of the enemy and suffered 27,343 casualties, the third highest casualty rate of all American divisions. The colors of the 36th Division were retired at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas, on April 1, 1980.
     The Texas Highway Department designated State Highway 36 as a memorial to the 36th Division in 1944 and the 67th Texas Legislature funded the marking of State Highway 36 in 1981.
 
Location. 32° 25.141′ N, 99° 40.606′ W. Marker is near Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 36 and Airport Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 36. Click for map. Marker is located at the main entrance to Abilene Regional Airport at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lindbergh in West Texas (approx. half a mile away); The 'Real' Camp Barkeley (approx. 1.5 miles away); Judge Walter R. Ely
Marker at Main Entrance to Abilene Regional Airport image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2014
3. Marker at Main Entrance to Abilene Regional Airport
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Abilene State School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Parramore Post #57, American Legion (approx. 2.9 miles away); Eugenia Pickard (approx. 3.3 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Mexican-American / Americanization School (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The list includes other historical markers relating to the 36th Division.
 
Also see . . .  36th Division History. A detailed history of the 36th Division from the Texas Military Forces Museum. (Submitted on December 11, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, World IWar, World II
 
View to South Along State Highway 36,<br>The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2014
4. View to South Along State Highway 36,
The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway
View to North Along State Highway 36,<br>The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2014
5. View to North Along State Highway 36,
The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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