San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First Officers Training Camp
The first World War came to America on April 6, 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the declaration, passed by Congress, that a state of war existed between the United States of America and Germany. Immediately thereafter, eight camps were established in the U.S. to train officers for combat leadership. The first was at Leon Springs, Texas, and on May 8, 1917, three thousand volunteers assembled at Camp Funston on the Schasse Ranch (now a part of Camp Bullis near this site) for training in various branches of the army. They endured three months of intense training and 1,846 young men graduated on August 15, 1917, as second lieutenants. The length of their training resulted in the term "90-day wonders."
Embodying their motto "Brave Men Shall Not Die Because I Faltered," the members of the first officers training camp served with distinction in the war, many of them highly decorated for valor in combat. Almost 300, many highly ranking colonels or generals, returned to active duty for service in World War II. Three of those trained here later became Governors: Beauford Jester of Texas, James R. Beverley of Puerto Rico, and
Following their training and service, the former comrades in arms organized the "First Officers Training Camp Association" in 1931. Members residing in 30 states and several foreign countries gathered for annual meetings for more than fifty years. Now succeeded by generations of modern soldiers and officers, the First Officers Training Camp veterans leave a legacy of honor, courage and service to their country.
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11744.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 29° 39.976′ N, 98° 37.84′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Boerne Stage Road and Frontage Interstate 10 Frontage Road, on the right when traveling east on Boerne Stage Road. The marker is located in front of a bank on the corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78257, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scenic Loop - Boerne Stage - Toutant-Beauregard (approx. 2.8 miles away); Scenic Loop PlaygroundMarnoch Homestead (approx. 6˝ miles away); John T. Floore Country Store (approx. 7.1 miles away); Helotes (approx. 7.1 miles away); Gugger Homestead (approx. 7.1 miles away); Cascade Cavern (approx. 7.4 miles away); R.L. White Ranch (approx. 8 miles away).
Also see . . . World War I. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on June 28, 1914, set off a series of events that quickly led to a global war, called the Great War and later World War I, between the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and their allies against the Entente or Allied Powers of Great Britain, France, Russia, and later joined by Japan and Italy. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.