Postcards & other pictures of Camp MacKall

Smitty had acquired additional postcards to show the people back home what Camp MacKall looked like.  They were in the scrapbook his mother put together and was saved for all these years…..

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A history of Camp MacKall is on Youtube.com in 3 parts.  Part 1 includes some of  these postcards and other photos as well.

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Military Training Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

William Arnold – Edmonton, CAN; RC Air Force, WWII, CBI, B-24 pilot

Norman Eckert – NY; US Army, Korea, Sgt.0083f165f66161f63454e92890403bcd

Howard Feldman – Boston, MA; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Bill Hinson Jr. – W.Palm Bch., FL; US Navy, Cuban Missile Crisis, USS Saratoga, Shangri-la & Enterprise

Jim Keslar – Ligonier, PA; USMC & Army (Ret. 22 years)

Mardo ‘Lou’ Lucero – Alamosa, CO; US Navy, WWII/Vietnam, Corpsman

Stewart Alexander Marken – Brisbane, AUS; RA Army # Q266312, WWII, PTO, 472 Heavy Antiaircraft Troop, craftsman

Alan Penn – Skokie, IL; US Army, WWII

Herbert Sayles – W.Palm Bch, FL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, P-47 pilot

James Sumrall – Covington, LA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 187th/11th Airborne Division

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 4, 2016, in First-hand Accounts, Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 63 Comments.

  1. I was speculating that MacDill must have attracted many quaint nicknames over the years. Strangely, I can’t find any, but I did come across a story that a colonel there had banned chairs for posture reasons, although the true motivation was said to have been to counter the ‘Chair Force’ nickname. *giggle* That’s what I would call standing orders!

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    • I went looking myself, especially since the week of 15 April was their 75th anniversary, and I came up blank. Probably if we ever find personal stories about it. Many of the readers have commented tales about the camp – perhaps they would know.

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  2. hey man, if you ever have the chance, please check out our blog at Gastradamus. You are well respected within our community.

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    • I’ve checked it out and it seems quite good. You have only just started, a blog means a while of commitment – you’ll get there with work and courtesy to your fellow bloggers. May I ask you what you feel is the main theme of your site – Movies? or Personal Opinions? Just curious, who do you consider your community? I don’t see an About page.

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  3. love the humor at this time of night. ha, ha. vw

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  4. Enjoyed those Postcards gp, the Cards actually put a face to Camp MacKall, well done mate, more of your history safely recorded for posterity.

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  5. The post card is so much fun!

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  6. So much seems to pass, GP, but on the Internet it is given a second life. Who knows what chords will be struck. Peggy, BTW, is a great fan of post cards. She is sending them out to our grandkids every few days as we travel. Talk about old-fashioned. But they love getting them. –Curt

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  7. Liked that postcard!

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  8. Thank you Freund …

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  9. An important piece of history

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  10. What a precious collection of cards! 🙂
    I love History through the stories and love shared in postcards and letters. Especially those in correspondence with family in the military!
    At antique stores and thrift shops I OFTEN find such cards and I am sad they are not with the family of the one who wrote them. I wonder how they got to the the antique store. Sometimes I buy them just to give them honor and a home. A friend of my mine found a whole collection rubber banded together (about 50 postcards and letters) from a young man to his family and my friend knew I like giving a home to such collections so he bought it and gave it to me. Unfortunately there was no address (just PO Boxes) for me to try to find the family to give the collection back to.
    I just commented on one of Chris’ posts on postcards and military service…and told him about my family’s correspondence to my brother when he served in Vietnam.
    HUGS!!!

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    • Thanks for sharing such stories about postcards. I recently did the same for some very old sheet music. It just couldn’t see them on the bazaar table with Harlequin paperbacks and torn magazines; it didn’t seem right. [you know what I mean]. Now, I need to locate someone who can appreciate them, I can’t even read music.

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  11. As you know, postcards are favorites of mine as I have a large collection. They make for great memories…on both sides of the card.

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  12. Love those old postcards! Do many of the old buildings still soldier on?

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    • I don’t think so. The Army Historian who did his thesis on Camp MacKall requested I send him these pictures, which I did. I believe more permanent buildings were later built.
      Thanks for your interest, John – much appreciated.

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  13. Wow! Those postcards are amazing! It is so amazing to see this period of history through pictures taken by those who lived through it.

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  14. Loved watching the various postcards with your dad in them! Excellent.Smiling at the humor section and the soft landing 🙂

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  15. Good to have these photos of your Dad.

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  16. It’s too bad postcards are disappearing. These are great.

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    • I love them, Jacqui. You know who has quite a few oldies, Chris at Muscleheaded. He had quite a few in one of his posts today and you’ve seen some in my Humor section!

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  17. That was an impressive-looking camp, GP. Nice to have all those souvenirs. Perhaps you can leave them to the Airborne? Do they have an association, or perhaps a museum? I am sure that they would be welcome there.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  18. Wonderful collection, something precious for the family.

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  19. Guter Beitrag wünsche dir eine schöne sonnige Woche Lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  20. Thanks for sharing the postcards. It was a very good idea to save them.

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    • It was dad’s scrapbook that got me interested in the Pacific, so many years ago. My only problem now is, being as I have no living relatives, where do I leave all my stuff after I pass on?

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      • That is a challenge. Maybe a museum? A friend of mine recently asked if I would mind if he donated an A-10 patch I had given him to a local air museum. They are getting an A-10 soon and are building an exhibit. I hope there’s enough interest in the next generation to keep military museums open and active.

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  21. Thank you. You are very kind.

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