RTC Commanding Generals, 1945 (Texas)
Meeting of the Army Ground Forces Replacement Training Centers Commanding Generals at IRTC, Camp Fannin, Texas, 11 April 1945. General Hartle is on the front row of the benches.
Camp Fannin, located at Tyler, Texas, was an Infantry Replacement Training Center (IRTC), which could handle up to about 20,000 troops at a time. After four months spent in infantry training at the IRTC and three additional months of stateside training, presumably in an Infantry unit, on 18 March 1944 he was sent overseas as an individual replacement, destination North Africa. This length of time between induction and overseas assignment as an individual replacement was typical at the time: faced with a very serious replacement shortage for overseas units (notably infantrymen), in February 1944 the War Department had decided to strip stateside units of soldiers with a minimum of six months of training to send them overseas. This resulted in an average of 48,000 replacements being shipped overseas each month, and since Ricardo de Lama was older than eighteen, and was not already a father before Pearl Harbor, he was one of the first to leave within this new replacement policy. A few months later, even the minimum six months of service policy was abandoned, and replacements were sent overseas straight after four months of RTC training. (from Gotica Toscana)
Public Relations Office, Camp Fannin
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The quote was from an article on Gotica Tuscana about Pvt. Ricardo de Lama y Martin, an American soldier who had trained at Camp Fannin and later died November 23, 1944 in the fighting in Northern Italy. See Combat History, Gotica Toscana website, Italy and used with permission.
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United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.