List of WWII ammunition factories in Texas?

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  1. Magnum357

    Magnum357 Member

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    Is there any way to find this info? Here is the background story...

    My great-grandfather worked stateside, making artillery shells during WWII. He enlisted in 1942, I have a digital copy of his draft card (he was also in WWI). I know he worked in Dallas, but don't know the plant name or where it was located.

    He made this shell:
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    That's a 57mm projectile fired by the M1 Anti-Tank gun. Has his name and the date stamped into the copper bands. Trying to figure out why, I don't know of any soldiers who put their own name on their shells. The bottom half is also filled with 14 pounds of solid lead, so it can never be used as a live shell again. It was originally a six-pounder. From what I've found out, A.J. likely made the shell himself. Could it have been the first shell he produced? The last? Just wanted to keep one for novelty purposes? An award of some kind? Any ideas?
     
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    The state historical society would be your best bet for a list like that. You might also contact the Army artillery museum at Ft. Sill.

    Carl
     
  3. Greybeard

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    I am pretty sure there was a plant in or near Texarkana.
     
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    Wow, that's pretty neat. I think the above posters are correct, i would take their advice.
     
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    I have no idea if it was around during WWII, but there is a General Dynamics Ordanance plant in Garland TX. I think it makes atillery shells but I'm not sure.
     
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    Dixie Gun Plant at Houston was owned by Howard Hughes and they made large bore guns (120 and 8 inch I think) also ammo but I don't think they loaded the shells. Dixie closed meny years ago. I remember seeing a couple of pallets of what looked like 8 inch shells at the Hughes Tool Co plant in Houston years ago, inert and never loaded but Howard wanted them kept as mementos so there they sat, dusted every day just in case he came by to see them.;)
     
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    Wow,someone just gave me one of those,I have not even had the time to do any research on it.Mine looks like it is made of iron or steel with a band around it,and the nose is threaded.Kind of a neat doorstop! Lightman
     
  9. Sport45

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    Yep, the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant. It's a superfund site now.
     
  10. Dave/hoff

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    Check w/ EPA in Dallas. I'd bet that any plants (all) sites are under DoD Installation Restoration Programs now. Sport45 references Lone Star AAP. Don't know that one, but there is Longhorn AAP in Texas as well.
     
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