Named to honor Goliad, Colonel James Walker Fannin, Camp Fannin was officially dedicated as a U.S. Army infantry Replacement Training Center in March of 1943 and was located northeast of Tyler, Texas. It served to provide infantry replacements to many sites of combat from 1943-1946. Today, the memory and history of Camp Fannin is preserved and displayed for the public so others can be educated on Camp Fannin's role in WWII.
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INFANTRY DAY - 15 june 1944 Officers and men of 14th Training Regt., Camp Fannin, Texas, parading in City of Tyler, Texas.
Flag raising ceremony at Camp Fannin, Texas
The hospital at Camp Fannin. This building later became the UT Heath Center.
INFANTRY DAY - 15 June 1944 Officers and men of the 14th Training Regiment at bivouac in open field adjacent to City of Tyler, Texas, where they paraded (1030 hour). Officers and men in foreground lining us for field mess.
The Camp Fannin Veterans Association has their main office located just off of Old Bullard Road in Tyler. The veterans memorial and statue are located in Tyler off of HWY 271. Conviently located in front of UT Health Northeast, the memorial site is easy to find through Google Maps.
Camp Fannin Texas, was and ARMY infantry training center used to train military recuits before going into war in World War II. If you were sent to this training facility between the years of 1943-1946, you may be able to find a friend you fought with or relatives or friends of that person.
Some of Camp Fannin's facilities were moved to the campus of Tyler Junior College for more use, and part of the base became the East Texas State Tuberculosis Sanitarium. Some of the men who trained there remain forever in cemeteries in the foreign lands, and many others, including Walker and Rulau, lived long and projective lives in the land they helped keep free.