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Walterboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field

 
 
Anderson Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa May 2007
1. Anderson Field Marker
Inscription. (Anderson Field side): This airfield, the first in Colleton County, was built and dedicated in 1933 on 60 acres leased to the town of Walterboro by the estate of C.C. Anderson, foe whom it was named. By 1937 the town purchased the field and its 3 unpaved landing strips. Local, state, and federal sources combined to fund a large hanger and paved runways by 1941. The U.S. Army Air Corps leased the field from the town in early 1942 and purchased an additional 3,712 acres to create a new Walterboro Army Airfield.

(Walterboro Army Air Field side): The Walterboro Army Air Field, opened in August 1942, was a sub-base of the Columbia Army Air Base and the largest sub-base in the 3rd Air Force. It served as a final training base for pilots prior to overseas duty and housed a military population of as many as 6,000 as well as hundreds of German POWs. When the base closed after the war the field was deeded back to Walterboro and Colleton County.
 
Erected 1997 by Walter-Colleton Co. Airport Commission & The Colleton Historical and Preservation Society. (Marker Number 15-17.)
 
Location. 32° 54.981′ N, 80° 38.274′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on
Walterboro Army Air Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 2007
2. Walterboro Army Air Field Marker
Aviation Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is about two miles NE of Walterboro, in the Airport Park off Rt US 17. Follow the Tuskegee Airman Memorial signs to the area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walterboro Army Airfield (a few steps from this marker); The Beacon (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Walterboro Army Airfield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tuskegee Airmen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tuskegee Airman of World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Walterboro Army Air Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoner Of War Camp and Camouflage School (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walterboro.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
AAF Beacon from Airfield image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 2007
3. AAF Beacon from Airfield
Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
4. Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,546 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on January 27, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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