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

Camp Bouse

 
 
Camp Bouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
1. Camp Bouse Marker
Inscription.  General George Patton established Camp Bouse in 1943 in the Butler Valley as the site for training over 5,500 carefully screened and qualified volunteers. These soldiers were trained to use a highly secret weapon called the Canal Defense Light. Dubbed the "Gizmo" by the soldiers who operated it, the CDL was a 13-million candlepower searchlight mounted on specialized tanks for the purpose of illuminating the area at night to dazzle the enemy with its flickering light. Troop trains brought the highly trained soldiers and their equipment from Fort Knox under heavy guard on October 14, 1943.
 
Erected 2010 by Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Jo Beaver Andress, State Regent.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable PlacesWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Desert Training Center series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1839.
 
Location. 33° 55.888′ N, 114° 0.285′ W. Marker is
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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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Eight Ball - Morale Officer (here, next to this marker); The 526th Armored Infantry Battalion (here, next to this marker); 738th Medium Tank Battalion, Special (a few steps from this marker); Monument Row (a few steps from this marker); 739th Tank Battalion (SP) (ME) (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); 748th Tank Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bouse.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional markers detailing the Desert Maneuver Center where mapping the markers shows the scope and scale of the training area.
 
Camp Bouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
2. Camp Bouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,775 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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