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Fort Worth Flashback: 36th Division shipped out of Camp Bowie for World War I action

Posted Jan. 23, 2012

36th Division Parade

The 36th Infantry Division was organized at Camp Bowie in Fort Worth on July 18, 1917, from units of the Texas and Oklahoma National Guard during World War I.

In this photo taken on April 11, 1918, the 36th Division treated Fort Worth residents to a review parade. This shot was taken on Main St looking south.

The division left Newport News, Va., in July and August of 1918 for France. The 71st Brigade of the division saw combat at St. Etiennes-Arnes, and on Oct. 10, 1918, the entire division relieved the 2nd Infantry Division and pushed the Germans to the Aisne River.

When the war was over, the division saw occupation duty, then returned to Camp Bowie before being released from active duty on June 20, 1919. After the war, the 36th was reorganized and became an all-Texas division, and the Oklahoma units became part of the 45th Infantry Division.

Between World Wars I and II, the division conducted drills at home stations and annual training periods at Camp Hulen at Palacios, Texas.

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