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Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown parade showcased Texas’ military strength

Posted Nov. 4, 2012

World War II Recruitment Parade

This photo shows a Marine Corps recruiting detachment marching in one of Fort Worth’s several military parades held downtown.

When the U.S. entered World War II, Texans immediately answered the national call for support. While the state’s population represented only 5 percent of the national total at the time, Texans accounted for 7 percent of the war’s military personnel — equaling more than 750,000. Another 1.5 million people came to Texas for military training, and many later made the state their home.

More than 22,000 Texans — men and women — died during the war. Their graves lie in cemeteries on Pacific islands, along the Normandy coast, in many European nations and in national military cemeteries in the U.S., including several in Texas. The tombstones of countless other World War II veterans — including native Texans and those who trained in the Lone Star State or later chose it as their adopted home — rest in urban and rural cemeteries across Texas.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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