Caldwell in Burleson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Burleson County in World War II
Area residents sacrificed for the war effort abroad and at home from the onset of American combat. At Pearl Harbor, Seaman 2/C Thomas J. Gary of Somerville died aboard the U.S.S. California while giving his life to save his crewmates from burning. The navy posthumously awarded Gary the Navy Cross and named two ships in his honor. Local national guard unit Company E, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division, sustained heavy losses at Salerno, Italy, with dozens of men killed, wounded, or captured. Other prisoners of war included 1st Lt. Hubert Womble, shot down over Romania during Ploesti oil field raids, and USMC Major Paul Brown, who survived the Bataan death march in the Philippines but died in a Japanese prison camp. The county's citizen soldiers stormed Normandy beaches on D-Day and fought in European and Pacific theaters.
Many women joined the Army and Navy Nurse Corps, and scores more worked in defense plants. Recycling drives around the county maximized the homefront war support effort. Some families
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14275.)
Location. 30° 31.911′ N, 96° 41.589′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Buck Street and South Main Street (Texas Highway 83), on the right when traveling south on West Buck Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell TX 77836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Caldwell (here, next to this marker); Burleson County (a few steps from this marker); John Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Early Settlers of Burleson County in the Texas War for Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moseley's Ferry (approx. 10.9 miles away); Route of El Camino Real (approx. 13.7 miles away); Site of the Somerville Harvey House (approx. 16.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caldwell.
Also see . . . Burleson County Website. (Submitted on June 11, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 11, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 2. submitted on June 10, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 3. submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.