Bill Haenn

Fort Clark, Brackettville, Texas

I was born in Darby, Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve 1946. Boyhood visits to Independence Hall and Gettysburg sparked my lifelong passion for history. My wide-ranging knowledge of Fort Clark was acquired through an avid enthusiasm for military history, a deep love for the fort, and a singular appreciation of soldiers gained from 25 years of military service as an infantry small unit leader, and staff officer in the U.S. Army.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a major in Geography, from West Chester State University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
My military education includes Infantry Officer Candidate School, Airborne and Ranger Schools, Infantry Officer Advance Course, and Command and General Staff College. I served at various posts in the United States, and overseas in Berlin and Heidelberg Germany and the Republic of Korea. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.
I retired again in 2009 after ten years as the Chief Appraiser of the Kinney County Appraisal District.
My wife Angela and I live in a restored set of officers' quarters designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District.
I was volunteered as a Texas Parks and Wildlife guide at Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site. I am a past-president of the Fort Clark Gun Club, the Brackettville Rotary Club, the Fort Clark Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and the Fort Clark Historical Society.
While Chair of the Kinney County Historical Commission 2005-2011 my leadership resulted in the KCHC being honored four consecutive years by the Texas Historical Commission with their prestigious Distinguished Service Award in recognition of an active and well-balanced preservation program.
In 2011 the Texas Historical Commission honored me with their “Award of Merit” in recognition of my prodigious historical documentation, continued leadership, preservation and heritage tourism promotion of the natural and built environment of Historic Fort Clark, Brackettville, Texas.
I am the author of the best-selling book, “Fort Clark and Brackettville Land of Heroes,” a photographic history for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series.
My most recent contributions to the military history of the Lower Pecos and Big Bend regions include a feature article on Bullis’s Medal of Honor Fight at the Pecos River for ON POINT: The Journal of Army History and an innovative analysis of two photographs taken at Fort Davis, Texas in 1887, published in The Journal of Big Bend Studies.
I currently serve as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Fort Clark Historical District, a Texas nonprofit corporation. []

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