A Brief History of White Sands Proving Ground, 1941-1965

By Peter L. Eidenbach,
Adjunct College Professor of Anthropology, New Mexico State University Alamogordo

Extracted from “Star Throwers of the Tularosa: The Early Cold War Legacy of White Sands Missile Range” by Peter L. Eidenbach, Richard L. Wessel, Lisa M. Meyer, and Gail Wimberly

Edited by Jenn Jett, Museum Specialist

The views, opinions, and findings contained in this report are those of the authors and contributors and should not be construed as official Department of the Army positions, policies, or decisions unless so designated by other documentation.

This article is used with permission from Human Systems Research, Inc., a non-profit corporation providing archaeological, historical, and educational services in New Mexico and surrounding areas.


10 thoughts on “A Brief History of White Sands Proving Ground, 1941-1965

  1. Having been stationed at Stallion site Jan. 1962 until Sept. 1963, I found this article extremely interesting as well as educational. Thank you authors for a fine job.

  2. Thank you for this information. My dad served his duties here and I was able to see what he was involved in. He passed many years ago and I did not get an opportunity to share with him. Thanks Joe Hubbard

  3. in the late 40,s 1946-47 my dad was a paratrooper in training on the east coast in the 101 airborne, preparing for a 2 nd invasion, should the first one have failed. due to a training accident, he was transfered to white sands missle range in about 1946 where he was a mechanic on the V-2 rockets, Unfortunately we have no pictures of my dad while there due to the secrurity concerns, He did recall to me the German scientists who arrived on base, also recalled the V-2 that went off couse and landed in Mexico, and finally he like to tell about the adventures he had chasing down V-2 s for recovery of the debris using a tank as pursuing vehicle.

    It would be wonerful to hear from any on who might have known my Dad and worked with him, He passed away in El Paso, over 45 years ago. We miss him so much, and we are so proud of him.

    Tom Warner

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