Fort Hood celebrates 75th Anniversary Monday

The Army base first opened as a camp during WWII.

Founded in 1942 as a camp where anti-tank weapons could be tested during World War II, Fort Hood has grown into a more than 218,000 acre Army installation with an on-post population of 61,247 – including soldiers, civilian employees, and relatives.

The post celebrated its 75th Anniversary Monday, having opened just a matter of months after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

At the time of its inception, the American Flag only had 48 stars, and the minimum wage was 30 cents. 

"When I came here in 1973, it was a two lane road across railroad tracks at the main gate," State Rep. High Shine (R, District 55) said. "Then, when I returned from overseas in my assignment here, we still had a number of World War II barrack buildings."

Today, more than 5,000 Fort Hood soldiers are deployed to five continents on any given day.

"My son was born here," LTG Paul "Butch" Funk (Ret.), former III Corps commanding general, said. "He was born here in 1962. And, remember when Army said when they wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one. Those were the days I promise you."

Now, Funk's son, Lieutenant General Paul Funk, commands III Corps and leads the fight against ISIS. 

Army officials said Fort Hood continues to have a massive economic impact in Texas, generating roughly $35.4 billion for the state annually.

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