Camp MacKall is a United States Army training site located west of Fort Bragg, NC. Camp MacKall which was originally named Camp Hoffman was build from 1942-1943. Camp Mackall gets it's name from Private John Thomas Mackall who was one of the first Paratroopers killed in combat during a parachute assault on Algiers in North Africa in November 1942. During WWII Camp Mackall served as a training site for the new Airborne Divisions of the United States Army, will all five Divisions being stationed at Camp MacKall and neighboring Fort Bragg. Today Camp McKall serves as a training site for the United States Army Special Forces and the 82nd Airborne Division.
Camp Mackall originally named Camp Hoffman was first
utilized by the United States Army around 1941 for the Carolina Maneuvers.
Prior to 1942 the land area that comprises Camp Mackall was owned by a few
corporations and used for recreational purposes. Construction of Camp Hoffman
began in November 1942. The post was ahead of its time and featured seven service clubs, two guest houses, three libraires,
16 post exchanges, 12 chapels, a hospital, 65 miles of roads and three 5,000'
On February 8, 1943 Camp Hoffman was
redesignated Camp Mackall to comply with General Order number 6. In 1943 the
United States Army Airborne Command was moved from Fort Bragg, NC to Camp
Mackall. The 11th and 17th Airborne Divisions were moved from Fort Bragg to
Camp Mackall shortly after the Airborne Command was moved. The 82nd And 101st
Airborne Divisions remained at Fort Bragg. The 13th Airborne Division was
activated in August of 1943 and moved to Camp Mackall in January of 1944.
their deployment to their respective
theaters of operation during WWII the 11th and 17th Airborne Divisions trained
extensively at Camp Mackall, perfecting the skills necessicary to perform
Airborne Operations. Today Camp Mackall serves as a training site for the
Paratroopers and Special Operations soldiers assigned to Fort Bragg. The
Mackall Army Airfield supports parachute operations conducted by both the 82nd
Airborne Division as well and Army Special Forces.
Private John Thomas Mackall was
assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Private Mackall was wounded during Operation Torch in North Africa. Private
Mackall was evacuated to a British hospital and later died from his wounds on
November 12, 1942.