Camp Fannin Association Donates Model Ship Built By German POW For Display at UT Health Science Center
March 30, 2017
On Thursday, March 30, members of the Camp Fannin Association Board of Directors presented to UT Health Science Center a handcrafted model ship that was built during WWII by a German prisoner of war who was held at Camp Fannin.
UT Health Science Center now sits on the original location of Camp Fannin, a WWII Army training facility.
Board President Dr. D.M. Edwards and board members June Elliott, Delores Bain, and Dr. Don Davidson made the presentation on the third floor of the UT Health Academic Center.
The ship, a model yacht named “Garwood,” was built by Rudolph Mangles of Wesermuende, Germany, and was constructed of his own design from materials on hand.
The model is 57 inches wide, 59 inches tall, and 17 inches deep. It was purchased from Mangles after the war by Lt. Charles Walp, who served at Camp Fannin. The ship was recently presented to the Camp Fannin Association by Walp’s 93-year-old daughter Margerie.
The model is on loan and is located at the entrance of the UT Health Science Center library.
“We are delighted to accept this wonderful piece of the camp’s history. Our ship has come home,” said Dr. Edwards. “We invite the public to come and see this amazing work and enjoy the unbelievable craftsmanship.”
Dr. Edwards said that the model is one of three known to exist. One of the other two is on display at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin. The whereabouts of the third model is unknown.
“We are asking for the public’s help in locating the third model ship,” said Dr. Edwards. “If anyone knows of its location, please contact the Camp Fannin Association. We want to bring all three model ships back together.”
According to Dr. Edwards, the builders of the other two ships are unknown.
Saturday, the Camp Fannin Association will mark the facility’s 74th anniversary with events beginning at 11:30 a.m. at UT Health Science Center. Former Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith is the keynote speaker. A memorial wreath-laying event will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the Camp Fannin Memorial Plaza on the UT Health campus.
The public is invited.
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