War Babies

War Babies (HM27UT)

Location: Bastrop, TX 78602 Bastrop County
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N 30° 6.927', W 97° 18.331'

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During WWII, over 300,000 troops were trained seven miles north of Bastrop at Camp Swift. Many women moved to Bastrop for a few months to be near their soldier one last time before his deployment overseas. Some of these women, upon the death of a child, had no money for burial. Assistance was provided by the owners of the Hasler Brothers Funeral Home who bought fabric from the local "five & dime" store to line small wooden coffins and purchased doll clothes for the deceased infants. The children were buried free of charge in this area of Fairview. When the mothers returned to their homes in distant towns or states the graves were forgotten. It is believed there are at least 16 war babies in unmarked graves. Their names are unknown.

The Bastrop County Historical Society has placed small crosses where the children are thought to be buried. It is speculated this area may have been reserved for local children long before the war began.
HM NumberHM27UT
Year Placed2005
Placed ByBastrop County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 663251 N 3332789
Decimal Degrees30.11545000, -97.30551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 6.927', W 97° 18.331'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 6' 55.62" N, 97° 18' 19.86" W
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Area Code(s)512
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1409 TX-95, Bastrop TX 78602, US
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