Del Valle Army Air Base

Del Valle Army Air Base (HMH08)

Location: Austin, TX 78719 Travis County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 12.728', W 97° 39.829'

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(Bergstrom Air Force Base)

Following the U.S. entry into World War II, the Army Air Corps established a base here in the Del Valle community on land once a part of the Santiago del Valle Mexican land grant. The City of Austin purchased 3,000 acres to lease to the federal government for use as an air base. Construction began in May 1942 after the removal of homes, churches and businesses, and the first units of the 316th Troop Carrier Group arrived in late September. The base was a replacement center for the First Troop Carrier Command, training pilots to transport combat troops and supplies.

In March 1943, the base was renamed Bergstrom Army Air Field to honor Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, Austin's first casualty of war; he was killed at Clark Field in the Philippines on December 8, 1941. The base name was shortened to Bergstrom Field in November 1943. Crews from Bergstrom saw duty in the invasions of Normandy, southern France, Holland and Germany. After the war, the air field became Bergstrom Air Force Base, assigned to the Continental Air Command, and planes from here participated in the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49.

Over the next 50 years, Bergstrom served as part of both the Strategic Air Command and the Tactical Air Command, sending bombers and reconnaissance aircraft into combat theaters from Korea to Iraq. In 1968, the 12th Air Force moved its headquarters here to a newly completed circular building, nicknamed the "Roundagon." Bergstrom Air Force Base closed in 1992 in compliance with the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, and the city converted it to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 1999.
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HM NumberHMH08
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Marker Number13778
Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 11:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 628602 N 3343046
Decimal Degrees30.21213333, -97.66381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 12.728', W 97° 39.829'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 12' 43.68" N, 97° 39' 49.74" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9340-9364 Hotel Dr, Austin TX 78719, US
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