POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 5:46pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:25am
After Pearl Harbor, the US war effort shifted into high gear, and training facilities were needed.
So in 1943 on old farmland on highway 271, Camp Fannin was built.
And from then until the end of the war, it prepared the greatest generation to save the world.
It doesn’t seem that long ago, but right here where now sits a bustling medical center, Camp Fannin trained 20-30,000 young men a month take the places of those lost in Europe and the Pacific.
And now, their story will be told.
With the help of the Smith county Historical Society, Dallas filmmaker Allan Manning will produce a film on the camp.
Camp Fannin was also the site of a German POW camp. And their story will be told as well.
At the Historical Society, you can see a beautiful model sailing ship built by two German prisoners of war.
The University of Texas Health Science Center now sits where the camp used to be. Only a single, red brick smokestack remains as a reminder of the facility…that and a monument to the US infantry.
The film should take roughly another 6 months to complete.
The filmmakers are looking for former trainees, POW’s or family members.
If you know one, contact the historical society.