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CAMP MAXEY

Lamar County, North Central Texas
In Powderly, Texas
9 Miles N of Paris

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Texas National Guard Camp Maxey
Texas National Guard Camp Maxey
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Marker Location - Entrance #5, off US 271
Historical Marker Text:

Camp Maxey

Recognizing in 1940 that hosting peacetime draftees might revive the county's economy, the city of Paris sent a request for the army to build a training camp here. The local American Legion acquired land options.

Delegations from the Chamber of Commerce of Lamar County received initial support, but Congressman Lyndon Johnson moved the planned camp to his district at Bastrop. In response U. S. Senator Tom Connally and army officials ensured a camp for Paris, confirmed in July 1941. The 70,000 acre site was being surveyed when the U. S. entered World War II in December.

Camp Maxey, named for C. S. A. General and U. S. Senator Sam Bell Maxey from paris, was activated on July 15, 1942. Its main entrance was "Gate 5" marked by stone portals at this site. Two infantry divisions, the 102nd "Ozark" and 99th "Checkerboard," trained here with the 250th Field Artillery and other army units. A regional hospital and a prisoner of war camp hosting 7,000 Germans were part of the reservation.

Local women formed the "Maxey Command" to host dances for the total of 194,800 soldiers stationed here. Area residents housed thousands of dependents and filled 10,300 civilian jobs on base. The camp was closed when the P. O. W. stockade was vacated in early 1946.
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TX - Camp Maxey Historical Marker
Camp Maxey Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
TX - Camp Maxey Historical Marker
Camp Maxey Entrance #5
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
TX - Camp Maxey pillow
"Camp Maxey pillow" - Luke Akemon

Camp Maxey Forum

"I purchased a Camp Maxey pillow cover this weekend and was wondering if you have one on display there?" - Sincerely, Luke Akemon, TSGT USAF Ret., November 17, 2014

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