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Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Legacy of the Military / Anniston's Military Heritage

 
 
The Legacy of the Military Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
1. The Legacy of the Military Marker
Inscription.
The Legacy of the Military

On the other side of Anniston, the Army constructed an Ordnance Depot on 15,000 acres west of the city during WWII. Over time, the depot evolved into the region's largest employer. The economic and community development impact of the military on Anniston and Calhoun County has been profound. Parades, ceremonies and patriotic events continue to mark the legacy of the military and its influence on the area.

Anniston's Military Heritage

Even though northern industrialists founded the city of Anniston and left their mark with railroads, foundries, and mills, its military presence has also had a significant impact on the area. in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, the War Department selected a site northeast of Anniston for artillery training, thus beginning a unique partnership between Anniston's citizens and the military community. By 1917, the site was designated Camp McClellan and became a major WWI training camp. Made a permanent post in 1929, it has been the military home to hundreds of thousands of men and women for more than a century, including the 92nd Division (the famed Buffalo Soldiers), which was activated at Ft. McClellan in 1942. Other diverse units have included Infantry Basic Training, Women's Army Corps, Military
Anniston's Military Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
2. Anniston's Military Heritage Marker
Police Corps, Chemical Corps, National Guard, Reserve and ROTC organizations. During 1943-46, approximately 3,500 German and Italian POWs were interned at Camp McClellan. Ft. McClellan formally closed in 1999, however, it continued to serve as a training site maintained by the Alabama National Guard.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Anniston.
 
Location. 33° 40.003′ N, 85° 49.588′ W. Marker is in Anniston, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Quintard Avenue and East 17th Street, on the right when traveling north on Quintard Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Anniston Centennial Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: Quintard Avenue, Anniston AL 36207, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George W. Ingram (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Michael and All Angels (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Temple Beth El (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anniston World War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Parker Memorial Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); West 15th Street Historic District
Marker next to the Anniston Centennial Memorial Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
3. Marker next to the Anniston Centennial Memorial Park.
(approx. half a mile away); The Human Relations Council (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anniston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Anniston Army Depot. (Submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Anniston Centennial Memorial Park Historic Site. (Submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMilitaryWar, World IWar, World II
 
View of marker in far background of memorial park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
4. View of marker in far background of memorial park.
In 1999 the Alabama State Legislature designated Centennial Memorial Park as the Veteran's Memorial for the State of Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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