Camp Mackall is an active U.S. Army training facility located 55 miles west of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It has served as the primary training grounds for prospective U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers. Most soldiers are unaware of the historical connection of the base to WWII. The FOB Freedom operations center tent sits where the former WWII Station Hospital was located. Freedom Village occupies the original hospital steam plant. The SURF was built where the hospital supply area was once located.
On 8 February 1943, General Order Number 6 renamed the Hoffman Airborne Camp to Camp Mackall in honor of Private John Thomas (Tommy) Mackall.
While serving in the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment during Operation TORCH, the Allied invasion of North Africa, Mackall was mortally wounded when French Vichy fighters attacked his aircraft as it landed near Oran on November 8, 1942.
Seven paratroopers were killed, and several were injured. Mackall was evacuated by air to a British hospital on Gibraltar, where he died of his wounds on 12 November 1942.