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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Splinter City

 
 
Splinter City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
1. Splinter City Marker
Inscription.  
In March 1942, units of the United States Army Air Corps opened formal operations at what was named the Myrtle Beach Bombing and Gunnery Training Range, which also encompassed the Beach airport.

Construction began to meet the urgent needs for combat air crew training. A "wooden city" soon began to take shape in the form of offices, barracks, a hospital and various maintenance and training facilities Humorously, and with a touch of affection, locals began to refer to these wooden structures as "Splinter City." Although crude and impermanent by modern standards, Splinter City allowed the training mission to get fully underway within six months. Several of the wooden buildings were located in the area beginning 1,500 feet southeast of this marker. In 1943, some of the facilities in this area were used to house German prisoners of war.

( adjacent marker )

Army Air Corps Base Commanders
1942  First Lieutenant Claude W. Davis
1942   First Lieutenant Ernest E. Fleming
1942 – 1943   Major Leonard E. Thomas
1943   Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Seinbenaler
1943 – 1945
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  Colonel John A. Tarro
1945   Colonel James R. Gunn, Jr.
1945 – 1946   Colonel Richard O. Harrell
1946   Colonel Glen C. Nye
1946 – 1947   Colonel Samuel J. Davis
1947   Colonel Louis M. Merrick
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 33° 39.623′ N, 78° 55.679′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Memorial is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, on the right when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base 1980 - 1990 (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Tactical Fighter Wing A-7D (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Fighter Group World War II History (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 354th Fighter Group World War II History
Army Air Corps Base Commanders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
2. Army Air Corps Base Commanders Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Replacement Training Unit (RTU) 1968-1969 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
Splinter City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
3. Splinter City Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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