With so many men in a relatively confined space, the influenza epidemic of 1918 struck Camp Taylor with devastating results, killing more than 800 soldiers and sending another 13,000 to the hospital. The 84th Division was trained at the camp and many units returning from Europe demobilized there after the war.
The camp closed in 1920 and the land was auctioned off in the following months. The site soon became a residential neighborhood, with many of the small wood frame houses being built atop the foundations of former barracks and other facilities, using timber from the original Army structures. The site is now a suburb of Louisville.
Uniform & Exhibit Pieces
Pvt. Cleckner’s uniform is a superb example of an enlisted man’s uniform from World War I. It is also the only medic uniform in the Memorial’s collection from that era. And in addition to the uniform, Mr. Cleckner also donated a large framed panoramic photograph dated January 1919 showing the entire Base Hospital Medical Detachment. View the pieces of this exhibit in our photo gallery
These items are a great addition to the Memorial’s holdings, not only because of their near-pristine condition, but also because of the connection to Camp Taylor and its association with so many of America’s fighting men during the Great War.