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Camp Weatherford

 
 
Camp Weatherford Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 29, 2017
1. Camp Weatherford Marker Side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
With baseball suspended for the duration of WWII, present-day McKechnie Field was closed between 1941-48 and taken over by the U.S. Army and named Camp Bradenton. Under command of Maj. Joseph H. Dunlap, it was designated a Signal Corps basic training facility and substation of Drew Field, Tampa. First troops arrived March 27, 1942. City Annex is where headquarters stood. Name was changed to Camp Weatherford in April 1943 in honor of Pfc. Willie M. Weatherford of Miami who was killed in the Philippines during WWII. Maj. Louis A. Cary became the commanding officer.
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Troops were housed in tents and used existing buildings for the mess hall and classrooms. On April 1, 1943, the 740th Signal Aircraft Warning Company was activated at Drew Field with a cadre of 37. They moved here with 300 enlisted men and officers on July 6, 1943. Arriving in New Guinea in April 1944, this unit was assigned to and became Company A of the 596th S.A.W. Bn. and later served in the Philippines and Okinawa. Marker dedicated June 17, 1993 on the 50th anniversary of the 740th and 18th reunion of the 596th by Ernest Roy Singleton, Jr., chairman.
 
Erected by Manatee
Camp Weatherford Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 29, 2017
2. Camp Weatherford Marker Side 2
County Historical Society in cooperation with City of Bradenton, 740th S.A.W. Co., Janet B. Hampton, Barclay S. Horney and the Weatherford Family Association.
 
Location. 27° 29.247′ N, 82° 34.27′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is on 9th Street West south of 13th Avenue West, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Bradenton Public Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1411 9th St West, Bradenton FL 34205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Adams Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln High School (approx. half a mile away); Courthouse Square (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bradenton Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Carnegie Library (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bealls Centennial (approx. 0.7 miles away); 9th Avenue West Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Categories. SportsWar, World II
 
Camp Weatherford Marker and Bradenton Public Works building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 29, 2017
3. Camp Weatherford Marker and Bradenton Public Works building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 278 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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