Near Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway
In 1920 the division was reorganized with only Texas elements and was inducted into active duty on November 25, 1940. The division was sent to North Africa in April, 1943. In September, 1943, the 36th was part of the amphibious landing near Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno, the first American troops to fight on the mainland of Europe in World War II. The division became part of the campaign on the Winter Line near Mignano, and particularly at San Pietro. On May 18, 1944, the 36th participated in the Anzio beachhead operations. After completing the Italian Campaign, the division was part of the amphibious landing near San Raphael and Frejus in August, 1944. The 36th fought along the Rhone River Valley until it crossed the Moselle River, advancing through Lyon, Bourg, Besancon and Vesoul in September, 1944.
The Texas Highway Department designated State Highway 36 as a memorial to the 36th Division in 1944 and the 67th Texas Legislature funded the marking of State Highway 36 in 1981.
Location. 32° 25.141′ N, 99° 40.606′ W. Marker is near Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 36 and Airport Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 36. Touch for map. Marker is located at the main entrance to Abilene Regional Airport at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lindbergh in West Texas (approx. half a mile away); The 'Real' Camp Barkeley (approx. 1½ miles away); Judge Walter R. Ely Abilene State School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Parramore Post #57, American Legion (approx. 2.9 miles away); Eugenia Pickard (approx. 3.3 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Mexican-American / Americanization School (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The list includes other historical markers relating to the 36th Division.
Also see . . . 36th Division History. A detailed history of the 36th Division from the Texas Military Forces Museum. (Submitted on December 11, 2014.)
Categories. • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.