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Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Juan A. Avila 1921-2008

"The Greatest Generation"

 
 
Juan A. Avila 1921-2008 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 1, 2012
1. Juan A. Avila 1921-2008 Marker
Inscription.  This young infantryman of the 102d Division stands “on guard” in the rubble of a defeated Germany in 1945 as a conquering hero. When he returned to his hometown after the war he got a job helping with the demolition of Fort Clark’s World War II buildings. He stayed on as an employee of the Guest Ranch and in 1971 continued on with the Fort Clark Springs Association. So for 56 years, longer than any other single person, this gentle unsung hero devoted his life to the service of Fort Clark. Thank you, Juan Avila, for making a difference. The Post Motor Pool facility is rededicated to his memory
 
Erected 2009 by Fort Clark Springs Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1945.
 
Location. 29° 18.336′ N, 100° 25.057′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowie Street and Avenida Juarez Road, on the left when traveling south on Bowie Street. Marker is on the grounds of the Fort Clark
Fort Clark's Post Motor Pool, marker is on right side of gate image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 11, 2012
2. Fort Clark's Post Motor Pool, marker is on right side of gate
The marker is mounted beneath the "1939" cornerstone on the Post Motor Pool gate.
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Springs Association in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District and is accessible to the public. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Cavalry Barracks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Clark Guardhouse (about 500 feet away); Fort Clark (about 500 feet away); Fort Clark Historic District (about 600 feet away); Army Service Club (about 600 feet away); Palisado Building Kitchen / Mess Room (approx. 0.2 miles away); Military Roads in Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officers' Club Open Mess (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
 
Juan A. Avila 1921-2008 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy the Avila Family, circa 1945
3. Juan A. Avila 1921-2008
Fort Clark's Post Motor Pool, built in 1939 image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Army Signal Corps, August 6, 1944
4. Fort Clark's Post Motor Pool, built in 1939
Where Juan Avila worked for 56 years.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on February 12, 2013, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on May 9, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.   2. submitted on May 11, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.   3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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