Texas Pecos Trail Region

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World War I

Historic image of WWI street parade
Fort Worth WWI parade postcards


Repercussions from events leading up to the First World War were felt as much in Texas as in the rest of the country. Germany’s desire to involve Mexico in a war with the U.S. in order to distract the nation’s support of its Allies in Europe produced a particularly disruptive environment along the Texas/Mexican border during the first part of the 20th century, an environment already in turmoil from the Mexican Revolution. In the run up to WWI, almost two hundred thousand Texans joined the armed forces as well as four hundred and fifty women (serving as nurses). Three Texans would be awarded the Medal of Honor and over five thousand would die before it was over. Throughout Texas, military camps trained men for battle on the ground and in the air including Camp MacArthur in Waco, Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, Camp Travis and Kelly Field in San Antonio. Although the war proved brutal and bloody, it was also short-lived, ending in November of 1918 with a distinct victory for the Allies, a little over a year after Congress declared war in April of 1917. Among the places heritage travels may explore the details of the war today are the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio (admission free!) and the Texas Military Forces Museum at Fort Mabry in Austin (free admission!), and Battleship TEXAS, first launched in 1912, at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Bring a hard hat and flashlight and take the guided tour of this dreadnought, courtesy of volunteers with the Battleship TEXAS Foundation.

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Upcoming Events

  • Remembering Crockett County Veterans Exhibit at the Crockett County Museum in Ozona, TX

    November 1, 2017 (All day) to December 7, 2017 (All day)

    Crockett County Museum
    404 11th St.
    Ozona, TX  Texas  76943
    United States

    Each year, the Crockett County Museum in Ozona, TX, honors our veterans both past and present with an exhibit featuring photos, artifacts and memorabilia submitted by local families. Hundreds of photos and other items dating back to the Civil War...

  • Veterans Appreciation Dinner in Crockett County

    November 11, 2017 (All day)

    Crockett County Youth & Civic Center
    103 Medical Drive
    Ozona, TX  Texas  76943
    United States

    Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner for Veterans and their spouses at no charge. Others welcome with donation. Crockett County Youth & Civic Center, 103 Medical Drive. FMI contact Frank Tambunga 325-392-2827


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Read more about World War I in the Handbook of Texas Online.