Camp Bouse

Camp Bouse (HMJF2)

Location: Bouse, AZ 85325 La Paz County
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N 33° 55.898', W 114° 0.293'

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The 554th Ordnance - Heavy Maintenance Company (Tanks)

— 9th Tank Group CDL Project —

Activated 1 April, 1943 at Camp Perry, OH. Completed basic training and then sent to Ft. Knox, KY. Unit then assigned to Camp Bouse, AZ arriving there 9 November, 1943. Maintaining operation of special tanks named "Leaflets" was specific assignment.

Unit left Camp Bouse 27th April, 1944 for Ft. Hamilton, NY. Boarded the Troop ship, Queen Elizabeth 21 June, 1944 arriving at Grennock, Scotland, 28 June and then departed for Puncheston, Wales.

Boarded an L. S. T. craft at Swansea, Wales 18 August, 1944 and crossed the English Channel arriving at Utah Beach, Normandy, France. Quartered in the area briefly and then sent to Vise, Belgium 13 November, 1944.

Engaged in Battle of the Bulge during Dec. 1944 and Jan. 1945. Later, unit crossed the Siegfried line near Aachen, Germany arriving at Munchen Gladback. Crossed the Rhine River and entered Hamm, Germany 11 April, 1945. Crossed the Elb River 3 May, 1945 and entered Wittenberg, Germany. Unit remained here until VE Day.

The job description of the 554th was to retrieve combat damaged tanks. The unit had three tank retriever vehicles which were used to transport these thanks to rear areas. Tanks were repaired, serviced and returned, along with new tanks to front lines.

In June 1945, the 554th was selected to be sent to the Pacific theater. On VJ Day, August 1945, unit was enroute to the U. S.

During October and November 1945, members were discharged at various locations in the U. S. Many of the original members were discharged at Ft. McPherson, GA.
HM NumberHMJF2
Series This marker is part of the Desert Training Center series, and the E Clampus Vitus series.
Year Placed1999
Placed ByVeterans of the 554th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Co., the Lost Dutchman, Billy Holcomb & John P. Squibob chapters of E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:31pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 776861 N 3758617
Decimal Degrees33.93163333, -114.00488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 55.898', W 114° 0.293'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 55' 53.88" N, 114° 0' 17.58" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27755-27799 Broadway Ave, Bouse AZ 85325, US
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