Kinder in Allen Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Great Louisiana Maneuvers’ Blue Army Headquarters
The United States Army GHQ (General Headquarters) Maneuvers of 1941 were held throughout western Louisiana. These important war games helped to prepare the Army for its future involvement in W. W. II. Through mock battles two opposing armies, the "Red" and "Blue", fought for control of the Red River and the City of Shreveport. Blue (Third) Army commander Lt. Gen. Walter Kreuger, who would later command the 6th Army during W. W. II, made his headquarters at the Kinder High School Home Economics Cottage. Lt. Gen. Kreuger's staff headed by Chief of Staff Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower occupied the remaining high school campus. His stay in Kinder was memorialized in a letter to Kinder High School Principal R. G. Hanchey which stated: "Please accept my personal and official thanks for your kindness and cooperation in making the school buildings in Kinder available for use by the Third (Blue) Army during the recent maneuvers. The privilege thus accorded contributed not only to the success of the maneuvers, but likewise the comfort of the personnel involved." Allen Parish played a vital role in this historical military training and Kinder was the "home" to two of history's great generals.
April 28, 2017
1. Great Louisiana Maneuvers' Blue Army Headquarters Marker
Erected by Allen Parish Tourist Commission.
Location. 30° 29.126′
N, 92° 50.931′ W. Marker is in Kinder, Louisiana, in Allen Parish. Marker is on Ronald Reagan Highway (U.S. 190) near Ninth Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kinder LA 70648, United States of America.
April 28, 2017
2. Great Louisiana Maneuvers' Blue Army Headquarters Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kinder, Louisiana (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kinder War Monument (about 600 feet away); 1st. Lt. Douglas B. Fournet (about 700 feet away); Oberlin: A Blending of Cultures (approx. 10.6 miles away).
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Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2017.