Camp Fannin Association donates $5,000 to UT Health Science Center at Tyler for veterans memorial endowment

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Camp Fannin Association, a Tyler nonprofit organization, presented The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler with a check for $5,000 for the Camp Fannin Veterans Memorial Endowment.

The endowment was created in 2004 and is used to maintain and preserve the memorial site.

John Anderson, CFA president, and Dave Wendt, past CFA president and director and a World War II veteran who trained at Camp Fannin, presented the check to UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun and UTHSCT Vice President and Chief Development Officer Richard “Mac” Griffith.

“The association is pleased to be able to assist in this manner to assure the preservation of the history and legacy of Camp Fannin for future generations,” Wendt said.

CFA members from throughout the United States contributed to the donation.

Camp Fannin U.S. Army Infantry Replacement Training Center opened in May 1943. Prior to its closure in June 1946, it trained more than 200,000 soldiers.

At the close of World War II, the federal government transferred the Camp Fannin Station Hospital and 657 acres of land to the State of Texas for the creation of a tuberculosis hospital, which formed the beginnings of what now is UT Health Science Center at Tyler.

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