Camp Claiborne Birthplace of the 82d & 101st Airborne Division's

Camp Claiborne Birthplace of the 82d & 101st Airborne Division's Camp Claiborne was the birthplace of the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions One of two Engineer Unit Training Centers was also located at Camp Claiborne.

This is a collection of various photos from various sources, of Camp Claiborne, LA which was an historic WWII Army camp located near Forest Hill, Louisiana. I hope these pictures will be educational as well as honor those men and women that appear in them.

Mock German Village at Camp Livingston, LA
09/11/2023

Mock German Village at Camp Livingston, LA

Candidates Sought For Electrician School.Camp Claiborne News courtesy of the LA History Museum in downtown Alexandria, L...
08/14/2023

Candidates Sought For Electrician School.

Camp Claiborne News courtesy of the LA History Museum in downtown Alexandria, LA

The attached picture shows the 34th Infantry Division at the division headquarters parade grounds. This is the site now ...
08/04/2023

The attached picture shows the 34th Infantry Division at the division headquarters parade grounds. This is the site now preserved by the Forest Service as the "Birthplace of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division's". The house to the far right of the picture was the quarters for the division commander and the three other houses were the quarters for the regimental commanders. The leadership for the 34th Inf., 82nd/101st AB, 103rd Inf. and the 84th Inf. would have used these quarters. A lot of history in such a small area.

Boom Town, which was located outside the main gate of Camp Claiborne did not make a good impression with this soldier.Fr...
08/02/2023

Boom Town, which was located outside the main gate of Camp Claiborne did not make a good impression with this soldier.

From the Camp Claiborne News, courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum

325th Glider Infantry at Camp Claiborne. Thomas Kent Collection, Louisiana
07/19/2023

325th Glider Infantry at Camp Claiborne. Thomas Kent Collection, Louisiana

07/19/2023
Pictures of the construction of the overpass of the Claiborne/Polk Military Railroad over the Red River and Gulf Railroa...
06/23/2023

Pictures of the construction of the overpass of the Claiborne/Polk Military Railroad over the Red River and Gulf Railroad at "Big Cut" . It is call "Big Cut" because this is where the RR&G passed through a hill. The Army contracted with RR&G to use their Locomotive No. 106 to help with the construction. Locomotive No.106 still exists and is located at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum near Forest Hill, LA.

PFC Chase from Ohio is demonstrating his skill with his rifle as he goes through a manual of arms and different firing p...
06/02/2023

PFC Chase from Ohio is demonstrating his skill with his rifle as he goes through a manual of arms and different firing positions.

What an ingenious way to lift a storage tank without a crane.
05/21/2023

What an ingenious way to lift a storage tank without a crane.

Company A, 34th Infantry at Camp Claiborne
04/04/2023

Company A, 34th Infantry at Camp Claiborne

Forest Service cleans up the ruins of Theater No. 1 along La 112 to protect it from damage caused by vegetation.
03/13/2023

Forest Service cleans up the ruins of Theater No. 1 along La 112 to protect it from damage caused by vegetation.

Due to inclement weather the ceremony will be held at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum.
01/30/2023

Due to inclement weather the ceremony will be held at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum.

Join us for this exciting event at historic Camp Claiborne.
01/26/2023

Join us for this exciting event at historic Camp Claiborne.

Behind the main Service Club there were two tennis courts. You can see two of the posts that supported the tennis nets a...
11/16/2022

Behind the main Service Club there were two tennis courts. You can see two of the posts that supported the tennis nets and the court surfacing is still visible.

A news story from the Camp Claiborne News - The 101st Airborne Division receives its new Commander.    Camp Claiborne Ne...
09/26/2022

A news story from the Camp Claiborne News - The 101st Airborne Division receives its new Commander.
Camp Claiborne News courtesy of the Alexandria Historical and Genealogical Library and Museum

These are some very interesting structures located west of the black troop area. Not sure what every structure was used ...
08/31/2022

These are some very interesting structures located west of the black troop area. Not sure what every structure was used for.

Ruins located in the Black Troop Area
08/06/2022

Ruins located in the Black Troop Area

Last Review of the 82nd Airborne Division at Camp Claiborne August 25, 1942. Nurse Green Album, courtesy of LSUA
05/23/2022

Last Review of the 82nd Airborne Division at Camp Claiborne
August 25, 1942. Nurse Green Album, courtesy of LSUA

05/05/2022
Because metal used for making coins had been diverted for the war effort, coupons were issued for coins instead.
04/28/2022

Because metal used for making coins had been diverted for the war effort, coupons were issued for coins instead.

This is a very informative picture for those folks that might have been involved in moving vehicles by rail. The photogr...
03/16/2022

This is a very informative picture for those folks that might have been involved in moving vehicles by rail. The photograph was taken in the warehouse area of Camp Claiborne. The unit is the 174th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard as they prepare to depart Camp Claiborne in 1942. You will note all the bracing and dunnage needed to create cribs for the wheels of the vehicle. This stopped the vehicles from moving forward are backward while the train was in motion. Later chains will be used to hold the vehicles securely to the railcars. A guard detail always accompanied the equipment. Not much has changed.

Engineer Unit Training Centr Headquarters
01/28/2022

Engineer Unit Training Centr Headquarters

Rare Military Police letter cover from Camp Claiborne
01/16/2022

Rare Military Police letter cover from Camp Claiborne

Uncle Sam Needs You
01/03/2022

Uncle Sam Needs You

As the need for more soldiers increased, men that had been turned away from service would now be accepted into the services. From a news article at Camp Claiborne.

It is interesting that it is going to a Commerical Credit Corporation on official War Department stationery.
12/25/2021

It is interesting that it is going to a Commerical Credit Corporation on official War Department stationery.

770th Railway Operating Battalion, Camp Claiborne. Apparently, he was an avid sportsman.
12/01/2021

770th Railway Operating Battalion, Camp Claiborne. Apparently, he was an avid sportsman.

10/30/2021

Wood burning engine at Camp Claiborne, LA. Photo taken by Harold B., a soldier stationed at the base hospital

10/30/2021

WAC Barracks and Officers Club, 14th Evacuation Hospital Camp Claiborne

10/10/2021

Maintenance Crew, 4-12 Shift
Camp Claiborne, LA February 1941

Appears the picture was taken in front of a fire department vehicle. Fireman are inside the small building peering out.

Post Headquarters, flag pole. The concrete steps and walkway are still intact.
10/10/2021

Post Headquarters, flag pole. The concrete steps and walkway are still intact.

Post Flag Pole was located across the street from the Post Headquarters. The concrete steps and ring are still visible.

The patch was not worn on the uniform but was given for participation in a War Bond drive.
10/10/2021

The patch was not worn on the uniform but was given for participation in a War Bond drive.

Unique piece of history when the 34th Division was at Camp Claiborne (Olson collection)

Station Hospital
10/10/2021

Station Hospital

This is from a photo album of a soldier station at the Post Hospital.

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