Camp Weatherford Historical

Camp Weatherford Historical (HM1XN7)

Location: Bradenton, FL 34205 Manatee County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 29.247', W 82° 34.27'

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With baseball suspended for the duration of WWII, present-day McKechnie Field was closed between 1941-48 and taken over by the U.S. Army and named Camp Bradenton. Under command of Maj. Joseph H. Dunlap, it was designated a Signal Corps basic training facility and substation of Drew Field, Tampa. First troops arrived March 27, 1942. City Annex is where headquarters stood. Name was changed to Camp Weatherford in April 1943 in honor of Pfc. Willie M. Weatherford of Miami who was killed in the Philippines during WWII. Maj. Louis A. Cary became the commanding officer.
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Troops were housed in tents and used existing buildings for the mess hall and classrooms. On April 1, 1943, the 740th Signal Aircraft Warning Company was activated at Drew Field with a cadre of 37. They moved here with 300 enlisted men and officers on July 6, 1943. Arriving in New Guinea in April 1944, this unit was assigned to and became Company A of the 596th S.A.W. Bn. and later served in the Philippines and Okinawa. Marker dedicated June 17, 1993 on the 50th anniversary of the 740th and 18th reunion of the 596th by Ernest Roy Singleton, Jr., chairman.
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HM NumberHM1XN7
Placed ByManatee County Historical Society in cooperation with City of Bradenton, 740th S.A.W. Co., Janet B. Hampton, Barclay S. Horney and the Weatherford Family Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 344782 N 3041409
Decimal Degrees27.48745000, -82.57116667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 29.247', W 82° 34.27'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 29' 14.82" N, 82° 34' 16.2" W
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Area Code(s)941
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1343-1411 9th St W, Bradenton FL 34205, US
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