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Fort Knox in Hardin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

US Army Armor Center

Historic Fort Knox

 
 
US Army Armor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 16, 2022
1. US Army Armor Center Marker
Inscription.  The Armor Center Headquarters building, Chaffee Hall, was constructed in 1934 to accommodate the headquarters of the new mechanized force, which was activated at Fort Knox in 1932. The initial unit to join the new force was the 1st Cavalry Regiment from Marfa, Texas. In 1936, the 13th Cavalry moved to Fort Knox from Fort Riley, Kansas, to join the 1st Cavalry and other units at Fort Knox to form the 7th Cavalry Brigade (Mechanized). A commander of the new brigade was Brigadier General Adna R. Chaffee who also commanded Fort Knox and the Mechanized Force. General Chaffee retained his dual command until 10, July 1940, when the Armored Force Headquarters was activated at Fort Knox. General Chaffee commanded the Armored Force until his death in August 1941, he is regarded as the father of American Armor.

The headquarters of the US Army Armor Forces (now US Army Armor Center) has remained in Chaffee Hall since its formation. The Court of Honor which surrounds the Armor Center flag pole, was dedicated in 1953 in memory of those who served in the 16 Armored Divisions of the US Army. The court was enlarged in 1957 to include the Mechanized
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Cavalry groups of World War II.
 
Erected by USA Armor Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1932.
 
Location. 37° 53.697′ N, 85° 57.151′ W. Marker is in Fort Knox, Kentucky, in Hardin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Chaffee Avenue and Old Ironsides Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Chaffee Avenue. The marker is located in front of US Army Garrison Headquarters building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 East Chaffee Avenue, Fort Knox KY 40121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stithton, Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Post Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); US Army ROTC Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); M60A1 Tank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Visitor's House (approx. half a mile away); LST Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Post Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Patrick's Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Knox.
 
US Army Armor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 16, 2022
2. US Army Armor Center Marker
The US Army Armor Center and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 16, 2022
3. The US Army Armor Center and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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