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12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley

 
 
12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 12, 2014
1. 12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker
Inscription. Established as a U.S. Army training camp in 1940, Camp Barkeley (whose main entrance was about seven miles south of this site) became one of the nationís largest World War II military training bases. The 12th Armored Division, activated at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, in September 1942, was assigned to Camp Barkeley in November 1943.
†††††By April 1944 the manpower of the division was at peak strength with combat commands, three battalions each of tanks, armored infantry, and armored field artillery, and numerous support units. Intensive day and night training at the camp culminated in tests that qualified the division for combat. Camp Barkeleyís population was more than twice that of the city of Abilene. Soldiersí families became a part of the community and many returned here to live.
†††††The last combat division stationed at Camp Barkeley, the 12th Armored shipped out to Europe in September 1944. The division, nicknamed “Hellcats” and dubbed “The Mystery Division” in Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.ís historic drive to the Rhine River, served with distinction, receiving more than 800 battle decorations. A dominating presence in Abilene during the war, Camp Barkeley was deactivated on April 1, 1945.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 22.)
12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 12, 2014
2. 12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker
Vapor Trail in background

 
Location. 32° 26.156′ N, 99° 48.515′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Vapor Trail and Hartford Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Although the marker faces Farm to Market Road 3438, the marker is accessed from Vapor Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 12th Armored Division Memorial (here, next to this marker); Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (approx. 0.4 miles away); 7th Bombardment Wing, Heavy (approx. half a mile away); Air Force Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. half a mile away); Dyess Elementary School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Taylor County (approx. 1.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Abilene Woman's Club Building (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Western Cattle Trail (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
Also see . . .
1. 12th Armored Division. The website of the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum located in Abilene, Texas. (Submitted on June 24, 2014.) 

2. Camp Barkeley. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “The Handbook of Texas”. (Submitted on June 24, 2014.) 

3. Camp Barkeley - Texas Escapes
12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 12, 2014
3. 12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker
View to south along Farm to Market Road 3438
Although the marker faces FM 3438,
the marker is accessed from Vapor Trail
. From the Texas Escapes Online Magazine. Includes photographs and a description of todayís remnants of Camp Barkeley. (Submitted on June 24, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, World II
 
12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 12, 2014
4. 12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley Marker
View to north along Farm to Market Road 3438
Although the marker faces FM 3438,
the marker is accessed from Vapor Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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