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Basic Training in WWII - Camp Wheeler

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Uploaded on Aug 23, 2010

Did your father or grandfather take basic training during WWII at Camp Wheeler? Many soldiers did. It was reputedly the largest infantry training facility during the war. For a great many soldiers of those times, the recollection of Camp Wheeler no doubt brings back many memories.

Camp Wheeler, near Macon, Georgia, was a major Infantry Training Center for the Army. Great numbers of trainees went through Basic Training and Advanced Training at Camp Wheeler.

This short video includes some vintage postcard views of Camp Wheeler, accompanied with a few hit tunes of the time and a short clip from a Bob Hope radio show actually performed at Camp Wheeler in 1944. Sadly, after several months of searching on the internet, these postcards seem to be about the only existing pictorial record of Camp Wheeler.

Camp Wheeler was deactivated after WWII, and the property was sold to civilian interests. However, a viewer has advised that the "Wheeler Heights" neighborhood includes a lot of the old barracks buildings that have been repurposed into modern single-story homes.

To the young men who left their homes and families to take basic and advanced training at Camp Wheeler, recalling those times at Camp Wheeler no doubt brings back many good memories - and perhaps a few not so good!

Ask your father or grandfather to tell you about his experiences during WWII. You will learn a lot and it will probably be an enjoyable experience for the two of you to share.

Thanks to all the brave soldiers who served during WWII.

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