North Barracks site topic of history talk

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Jack Giesen will discuss the North Vancouver Barracks in a military history talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the 40 et 8 Chateau, 7607 N.E. 26th Ave., in Hazel Dell.

These days, people think of the Vancouver Barracks as a site that goes from the Columbia River to Evergreen Boulevard. For nearly a century, the Vancouver Barracks was much larger, stretching from the Columbia River north to what is now Fourth Plain Boulevard.

Giesen, a retired U.S. Army master sergeant, will discuss its many different uses, including Camp Hathaway, a training center and barracks where many soldiers prepared for deployment to Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

Nearby was Barnes Army Hospital, as well as the Post Cemetery, established in the 1880s.

The talk, sponsored by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association, will be in the Boxcar Room at the 40 et 8 Chateau, on the south side of Northeast 78th Street. There is no admission fee.