Posted By:Bruce Martin
Subject:Camp Hulen, Palacios, TX
Post Date:May 10, 2012 at 14:03:07
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The internet website for "POW Camps in Texas" provides sketchy information on this facility. It was originally constructed as a summer training camp for the 36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard. During World War II, it was converted to a holding facility, primarily for German POW's. One account reports that POW's were used to lay water lines for the Officer's golf course and paid eighty cents per day, of which 2/3 went into a savings account and 1/3 could be used for buying soap, writing paper, etc. Other POW Camps, such as the Civil Air Station in Corpus Christi, used POW labor to assist local farmers.

I had an uncle, Wallace Roger Robertson, who was stationed at Camp Hulen as an MP. He was later transferred to another facility in Oklahoma (perhaps Ft. Sill?).

Does anyone have anything more specific on the history and activities of Camp Hulen during WWII ?

Following the War, camp Hulen was returned to the TexNG; but, over time was dismantled.