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Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

School for Bakers and Cooks

Fort George G. Meade

— United States Army —

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Photographed By F. Robby, June 5, 2009
1. School for Bakers and Cooks Marker
Inscription.  In compliance with instructions contained in a letter from Adjutant General of the Army, dated March 17, 1924, a School for Bakers and Cooks was established at Camp Meade in April of that year. Throughout its existence at the post, the school's mission was to train soldiers in the proper handling of rations, baking and cooking. By the 1930s, approximately twenty bakers and seventy-five cooks graduated each year. The School also trained company grade officers as mess officers. In 1938 the army began construction of a permanent school (building 2234, directly behind this marker) which was completed in 1939. In addition to the instructional facilities, the building also contained barracks for the school's students.

This two-and-one-half story, nineteen bay, brick building occupies a "U" shaped ground plan and is sheltered by a hipped roof. A raised concrete foundation supports the building's brick walls which rise two stories and terminate in a hipped roof. Five gables dormers are situated on the roof plane above the primary elevation. One shed-roofed dormer and a shed-roofed vent are situated on the rear slope of the roof. Square stone
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pilasters support a plain stone entablature that marks the primary entrance.

The School for Bakers and Cooks attained great importance in World War II. Standard courses lasted months. An additional month of instruction qualified some students as mess sergeants. Special courses in such phases of Army cookery as the preparation of dehydrated foods, coffee roasting, and meat cutting were offered. Civilian consultants from some of the nation's most respected food handlers assisted in many of the courses. The school was often selected to test new rations. In all, over 200,000 cooks and bakers graduated from the school in World War II.

The school was disbanded after the War.

This plaque erected in 1997 by the Fort George G. Meade Museum
Erected 1997 by Fort George G. Meade Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationForts and CastlesIndustry & CommerceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is March 17, 1697.
Location. 39° 5.588′ N, 76° 43.522′ W. Marker is in Fort Meade, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Huber Road and Ernie Pyle Street, on the right when traveling north on Huber Road. Marker is about 100 feet east of the intersection.
School for Bakers and Cooks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, June 5, 2009
2. School for Bakers and Cooks
Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort George G Meade MD 20755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 85th Medical Battalion Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Tank School and Tank Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); Patton's Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Eisenhower's Quarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Franklin Cantonment (approx. 0.4 miles away); Post Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hodges Hall (approx. ¾ mile away); White Oak (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Meade.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,681 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 5, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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