12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley

12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley (HM1F55)

Location: Abilene, TX 79605 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 26.156', W 99° 48.515'

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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 nation's 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 Barkeley's population was more than twice that of the city of Abilene. Soldiers' 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.'s 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.
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HM NumberHM1F55
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Marker Number22_MARKER_NU
Year Placed1992
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 423987 N 3589044
Decimal Degrees32.43593333, -99.80858333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 26.156', W 99° 48.515'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 26' 9.36" N, 99° 48' 30.90" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 790-1588 Vapor Trail, Abilene TX 79605, US
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