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San Antonio, Texas, has been called “Military City USA” for many years. It earned this sobriquet not only by virtue of its major military installations but also because of its close and cordial relationship with the US Armed Forces. But in 1916, the year before America entered the Great War, all of that was still in the future. Fort Sam Houston was the largest US Army post in the country, but its attention was focused on the border with Mexico. This changed on April 6, 1917, as the United States needed to quickly raise an expeditionary army of three million men with its attendant air service and send it overseas. This volume portrays the growth of military facilities and infrastructure in San Antonio during World War I that started the Alamo City on the road to becoming “Military City USA.”
About the Author
John M. Manguso graduated from the University of Florida with a master of arts degree in US history and retired from the US Army after 28 years of active and reserve service, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. After 33 years as director of the Fort Sam Houston Museum, he retired in 2011. This is his second book about the US Armed Forces in San Antonio.
Table of Contents
1 "One of the Heavens" 11
2 San Antonio's Army Post 29
3 "The Mother of Armies" 45
4 "Where America's Eagles Hatch" 61
5 America's Foremost Air Service Flying School 83
6 "Hell's Fire and Fuzzie-O" 91
7 "When Johnny Came Marching Home" 101
8 Where Are They Now? 115
About Preservation Fort Sam Houston 127