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Camp Hulen

Pests Leave Hulen

The bothersome pests of Camp Hulen, scorpions, centipedes, and black widows, seem to have made their departure. It has been almost a week since any have been reported in or near the tents. This fact has a cheering effect on the fellows. Also the mud is gradually drying up, and in a few weeks Hulen should be as dry as Massachusetts in July.

Palacios Beacon, November 14, 1940

Tragedy Visits Hulen

Sgt. Mack, canine mascot of battery C 211 CA (AA) was electrocuted while being given his weekly bath. Mack, who was presented to the battery by Lt. Murray McLeod, of G battery bolted from Sgt. Mahlon Cook of Allston to escape the bothersome water. He became enmeshed in the cord to Sgt. Cook’s radio. He died within a few seconds.

Mack will be mourned for by his battery mates, especially his fellow non-coms to whom he gave so much valuable assistance in getting the men out for assemblies. Mack came into the news for the first time when he was fingerprinted prior to Camp Edwards. He was a beautiful samoyede spitz. Mack was considered to have been killed in the line of duty and will be afforded the finest of military funerals.

Palacios Beacon, November 14, 1940


Camp Hulen Christmas dinner for MP’s 68 years ago Saturday

The Palacios Beacon, December 22, 2010

It’s a lonely looking place today–  sitting out there, waiting for hundreds of homes to be built, a canal system to be filled with boats, and the happy shouts and laughter of people.

Sixty-eight years ago this Saturday, America had been at war for a little over a year. Many of the thousands of young men who had been bivouacked on this same ground 13 months earlier were now on battlefields and “battleseas” in the South Pacific and elsewhere.

But, recruits and draftees were still coming and going, hundreds of them in hundreds of tents on the now lonesome, mostly barren-looking land of what was Camp Hulen.

So it was 68 years ago Saturday, Dec. 25, 1942 that the 158 soldiers of Camp Hulen’s Detachment Corps of Military Police, 1859th Unit, 8th Service Command, had their Christmas dinner.

And, what a menu it was for the MP’s, starting with a tomato cocktail. Then came roast young turkey, sage dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, giblet gravy, creamed corn, buttered cauliflower, cranberry sauce, buttered peas, lettuce and tomato salad, Parker House rolls, bread and butter.

For dessert, special treats and drinks, there as apple pie, fruit cake, ice cream, assorted candies and nuts, lemonade, apple cider, coffee and milk. Then, the MP’s could relax with cigarettes, cigars and gum.

Roll Call

The 1859th Unit on Christmas Day 1942 was composed of Capt. John E. Blaine as Commander and Provost Marshal. Assistant Provost Marshals were 1st Lt. Hjalmar Hulin, 2nd Lt. Harold A. Bjune and 2nd Lt. Donald R. Cockerill. Prison Officer was 2nd Lt. Milton R. McDonald

Sergeants were Master Sgt. Guy W. Bowles; First Sgt. Albert A. Materia; Staff Sgts. Ernest R. Campbell and Walter E. Ries; and Sergeants Harold L. Anderson, Mabry F. Atkins, Robert J. Bettesworth, George M. Cartwright, Loy O. Collins, Douglas Darrah, Robert Geheringer, Donald F. Kline, John E. Moran, Henry C. Starling and Raymond W. Talley.

Eduardo R. Ochoa was Technician 4th Grade. Fifth Grade Technicians were Ernest A. Judd, Oliver W. Naegeli and John H. Saltzgaber. Corporals were Joseph D. Angelli, Walter Baumguardner, Melvin H. Corkern, Floyd F. Jeffers, Dana W. Marsh, Ralph S. Sanders and Arthur G. Stratmann.

The Detachment also had 39 Privates First Class and 88 Privates. PFC’s were Victor A. Anderson, Guy B. Adkins, Cecil M. Allison, Ben H. Arredondo, Roscoe W. Baker, William Barno, Marvin L. Browning, Harley M. Campbell, Archie Chandler, William D. Cook, John P. Consford, Donald D. Coppock, William E. Darby, LaVerne H. Elmer, Harvey L. Fehrenkamp, Alfred C. Flippo, Charles A. Gehres, Rudie J. Grametbauer, James E. Herring, Clifford Hooks, August M.G. Jepsen, Lewis E. Jones, John N. Madison, Freddie L. McFerran, Ludwig V. Muhlstein, Barton O’Dell, Herbert J. Ovens, Hugh F. Peery, Charles H. Pensyl, David C. Richardson, Homer C. Reeves, Howard A. Siegfried, Robert W. Sutter, Vernon A. Walrath, William E. Watson, James A. Ward, Gus H. Weidemann, Ross H. Wilburn and Brooks Williams.

Privates were Lindsay F. Adams, George J. Armour, Frank N. Ashe, Sol L. Auerbach, Garfield J. Austin, Jack J. Beavers, Cecil L. Benson, Harold Bishop, Walter Broadus, Raymond F. Brosh, Elmer R. Bean, Robert J. Bucher, James L. Callaway, Ralph T. Cheek, Benjamin Coleman, James L. Cress, James R. Crouen, Michael Darocha, Abden J. David, John H. Davis, Glenn S. Dunn, Sr., Joseph Dupay, John Dykehouse, Robert J. Fagan, Wilson C. Fitzsimmons, Willard P. Ford, George S. Friday, Leatho G. Gillmore, Norman F. Gimmel, Clifford Gerling, Alois H. Grahmann, Corbett F. Gray, Raymond E. Hagans, Perry V. Hauck, Albert Heathely, Homer D. Herndon, Bernard R. Heuer, Louis E. Hook, George Holtzelaw, Clyde J. Hunter, Thomas E. Kennedy, Verlin P. Kirkam, John R. Kilmitchek, Leo Kolenda, Olaf Kubarmann,

Elmer Lagravier, Valton J. Landry, John W. Lantz, Herschel D. Lewis, James LaVerne, Thomas O. Martineau, Leonard L. McKitrick, Elmer W. Meizer, William O. Miller, Wilton A. Miller, William W. Moody, Hollis Nelams, Edward Nicholas, Arthur E. Nilsen, Robert Parker, Sidney E. Passmore, Emil J. Polasek, Charles H. Potter, Adam J. Quintana, James T. Rambin, Sylvester F. Ratliff, Schuyler Reynolds, John D. Richards, Wallace R. Robertson, Bluephord Sanders, John G. Schaffner, Emil Sembera, John A. Shreve, Frank Solleau, John R. Strickland, Charles A. Tevebaugh, Charles Thomas, Marvin Thompson, William C. Vandiver, Gene Vess, Jewel C. Walker, Howard H. White, Everette L. Williams, James R. Wood, J.D. Wright, Edward E. Wysiskalla, Edwin S. Yoakum and Vincent J. Zuchowski.

Note: After the war, one of the Privates, Walter Broadus, became Police Chief at El Campo.

Col. Taylor Is Relieved At Camp Hulen

Lt. Col. Paul W. Taylor, Maintenance Officer at Camp Hulen since October 1, 1946, was transferred this week to the United States Property and Disbursing Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.

Lt. Col. Arthur Matz, who was called from field duty with the Inspector General’s Department will be new Maintenance Officer at Camp Hulen.

Colonel Taylor, who retires September 30, requested duty with the USPADO. He is retiring to his ranch, located near San Antonio, and will be able to go home each night from his duties at Camp Mabry.

Colonel Taylor has spent much of his active duty in Texas and at various times has been assigned to organizing National Guard units over the State. He was one of the first organizers of Tr. E, 112th Cavalry, now a local unit, and was instrumental in getting the unit located here.

The retiring Colonel will be at Camp Hulen a few days until he can get possession of his ranch house near San Antonio.

Palacios Beacon, July 24, 1947

Bill Passes House to Sell Camp Site

Word has been received in Palacios from Rep. Perry in Austin that House Bill No. 448, providing for the sale of Camp Hulen, was passed in the House Monday, and those in the know feel certain the Bill will pass in the Senate when it comes before this body of legislators.

We are also informed that the companion bill, House Bill 13, seems certain of being acted upon during this legislature due to its low number.

Palacios Beacon, Thursday, April 78, 1949

General John Augustus Hulen

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