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Photos and Links

History of Camp Barkeley  

David Barkley 

Barkley Medal of Honor Citation

  Photos Camp Barkeley Structures 

   Photos Camp Barkeley Training 

Photos Camp Barkeley Activities  

11th Armored Division

12th Armored Division

  45th Division Museum

90th Infantry Division Association

Photos G.I.'s that served at Camp Barkeley

Limited Personnel Rosters

Special Addition
Taylor County Casualties of WWII

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Photo acknowledgement: Photos, unless otherwise indicated,  are from WW II era publications of the Camp.  No duplication of photos can be made without permission. 

Camp Barkeley  
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              February 15, 1941-March 21, 1945

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Site of main entrance to Camp Barkeley, one of the nation's largest military camps of World War II. At peak, 60,000 men were in training here. Named for Private David B. Barkeley of the 89th Division, who died on a secret scouting expedition behind German lines during the Meuse-Argonne Battle of World War I. Among famous units trained here were the 45th and 90th Infantry Divisions and the 11th and 12th Armored. A medical replacement training center, the largest in the country, was also established here, with 15 battalions. In May, 1942, the Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candidate School was activated and graduated about 12,500 candidates. Camp Barkeley eventually grew to be a complete city unit twice the size of Abilene of the 1940s. It had a 2,300-bed hospital, 2 cold storage plants, a bakery, 4 theaters, 2 service clubs for enlisted men, 15 chapels, and 35 post exchange buildings. The military personnel were housed in hutments, except for some 4,000 in barracks. Part of the post was also a German prisoner-of-war camp. Once some of the prisoners escaped, to the alarm of Abilene citizens, and others attempted to tunnel under the fences. Camp Barkeley was declared surplus in 1945. (1969)
(Camp Barkeley Historical Marker is located on Highway 277 South and Taylor County Road 257, 11 miles south of Abilene, Texas.   (Photo by Mike Hernandez)

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(Left) Aerial View of Camp Barkeley.  (Right) WWII Era Greeting Post Card from Camp Barkeley

Web site does not represent any organization or group, its sole purpose is to remember Camp Barkeley and its historical  significance during World War II.

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