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

Camp Bouse

The 526th A. I. B. - Canal Defense Light Project

 

—Desert Training Center - California – Arizona Maneuver Area —

 
Camp Bouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
1. Camp Bouse Marker
Inscription. Camp Bouse was established in Butler Valley 30 miles behind this monument in Sept. of 1943. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The desert training center was a simulated theater of operations that included portions of California and Arizona. The other camps were Young, Coxcomb, Granite, Iron Mountain, Ibis Clipper, Pilot Knob, Laguna, Horn, Hyder and Rice.

Camp Bouse was the home of the 9th tank group which consisted of six tank battalions, one armored infantry battalion, an ordnance company and a station hospital. The group trained in absolute secrecy mainly at night. The light device consisted of a high powered search light, mounted in an armored housing on a tank. Its purpose was to temporarily blind the enemy at night. The role of the 526th Infantry was to defend the operations of the CD tanks and attack if security of the tanks was being threatened.

The 526th AIB was separated from the 9th tank group in France, August 1944 and was assigned to the 12th Army Group HDQ under command of Gen. Omar Bradley, "C" Company became a security unit for Gen. Bradley in Luxembourg. The remainder of the battalion was heavily involved during the Battle of the Bulge, fighting the enemy in the Belgian towns
Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
2. Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona
This marker is the 3rd from the left on monument row.
of Trois-Ponts, Stavelot, Malmedy, Hedomont, Bougnee, and Geromont.

After the Bulge and until VE Day the 526th became part of "T" Force. The purpose of "T" Force missions were to seize, safeguard and process enemy documents, archives and material of intelligence or counter-intelligence and capture enemy agents, military officers and key collaborators.

This monument is dedicated to all the soldiers that served here and especially for those who gave their lives in battle, ending the Holocaust & defeating the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
 
Erected 1997 by Lost Dutchman, Billy Holcomb, John P. Squibob Chapter of E Clampus Vitus, The 526th Armored Infantry Battalion Assoc and the Bouse Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 86.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 55.903′ N, 114° 0.3′ 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. Touch 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); 736th Tank Battalion (M) SP (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); 740th Tank Battalion (a few steps from this marker); 748th Tank Battalion (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); 739th Tank Battalion (SP) (ME) (a few steps from this marker); Monument Row (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bouse.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,944 times since then and 88 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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