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This Day in Georgia History

September 01, 1942

Wellston Became Warner Robins

The community of Wellston, Georgia, adopted a new name - Warner Robins - in honor of the late Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins, who had been a friend and mentor of the new depot’s commander, Col. Charles Thomas. Robins, born in 1882, graduated from West Point in 1907 and was assigned to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where he served in the cavalry. In 1917, he left the cavalry for the Army Air Corps, where he became a pilot in 1918. In 1939, Robins became commandant of the Air Corps Training Center at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas. It was here he died on June 16, 1940. By an act of the General Assembly approved on March 5, 1943, the community of Warner Robins was incorporated as a municipality.