Splinter City, a War Memorial

Splinter City, a War Memorial (HM1XEI)

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Horry County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 39.623', W 78° 55.679'

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In March 1942, units of the United States Army Air Corps opened formal operations at what was named the Myrtle Beach Bombing and Gunnery Training Range, which also encompassed the Beach airport.Construction began to meet the urgent needs for combat air crew training. A "wooden city" soon began to take shape in the form of offices, barracks, a hospital and various maintenance and training facilities Humorously, and with a touch of affection, locals began to refer to these wooden structures as "Splinter City." Although crude and impermanent by modern standards, Splinter City allowed the training mission to get fully underway within six months. Several of the wooden buildings were located in the area beginning 1,500 feet southeast of this marker. In 1943, some of the facilities in this area were used to house German prisoners of war.
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Army Air Corps Base Commanders

1942  First Lieutenant Claude W. Davis1942   First Lieutenant Ernest E. Fleming1942 - 1943   Major Leonard E. Thomas1943   Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Seinbenaler1943 - 1945   Colonel John A. Tarro1945   Colonel James R. Gunn, Jr.1945 - 1946   Colonel Richard O. Harrell1946   Colonel Glen C. Nye1946 - 1947   Colonel Samuel J. Davis1947
  Colonel Louis M. Merrick
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Date Added Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692120 N 3726426
Decimal Degrees33.66038333, -78.92798333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.623', W 78° 55.679'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 37.38" N, 78° 55' 40.74" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 514-598 Farrow Pkwy, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, US
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