A Look Inside Camp Patrick Henry


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According to Major W. R. Wheeler in A Road to Victory, Camp Patrick Henry (CPH) was formally activated on December 2, 1942 as a staging area for troops heading overseas and returning home. Between this time and January 31, 1946, an estimated 1,412,107 people passed through the camp. CPH was divided into regimental areas, many with their own mess halls. There was also a post office, hospital, chapel, and theaters. But what did it actually look like?

We have come across many photos of buildings within the camp. Here are five that give good insight into the types of buildings one could find there. Their locations in CPH are noted on the map above using corresponding numbers.

1. Area 5 Mess Hall

Mess Hall 5

This is an example of what the mess halls found at CPH. Like most of the other buildings, they were built to be very temporary structures – Wheeler calls them “tarpaper-covered hutments”.

2. Area 5 Barracks

Area 5 Barracks

This row of barracks in the snow was located near the mess hall above.

3. Headquaters, Casual Branch Operations Division (CBOD)


This neat shot of the CBOD Headquarters building also includes a broader view of life outside.

4. Post Office

Post Office

The post office was centrally located near the CBOD Headquarters, the chapel, and Camp Headquarters.

5. Warehouse #18, weapons storage

warehouse 18

Not much to look at from the outside, warehouse #18 is an example of the many generic buildings used to house materials such as weapons and clothing. It was located on Avenue G, just a few roads below where the map ends.

3 thoughts on “A Look Inside Camp Patrick Henry”

  1. I just donated some photos of Camp Patrick Henry personnel to the Army Transportation Museum. My Dad was Asst Camp Quartermaster (1942-45) & Camp Quartermaster (1945-46). Please contact Matthew Fraas, Education Specialist at the museum for further info.

  2. My Mother was employed as a switchboard operator at Camp Patrick Henry while in her 20’s. I have a couple of photos of her taken there if you want them. Her maiden name was Margaret Ruthelle Doughty. When my Dad (USN) returned from the war they were married.