Close Assault 1944

Show times are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days.

Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The free program, now in its eighth year, features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps.

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The event will take place rain or shine and bleachers will be available for seating. Souvenirs and concessions will be available.  The 45,000 square-foot Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend and on Veteran’s Day as well. Both the program and admission to the museum are free.

 

Camp Mabry is open to the public and adults will need to show a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or a military ID to come on post.

WWI Service Records For Texas Now Online

Many, many years ago the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came to the museum and made copies of our WWI service cards. They have finally put the cards up on their Family Search website in a FREE, Searchable database!

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A link to the cards is below. You do have to sign up for a free account to see the images but all they ask for is name, email, and birthdate. Without signing in you can still see name, dates and some other information but not unit information.

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2202707