The Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Metroplex burned during the Second Great Depression, and only the timely intervention of Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base’s Marine elements saved much of it from complete destruction. But this intervention was not without consequences. The federal government ordered them to stand down, and when the base disregarded those orders, the feds conducted a swift court martial of the base commanders. They soon added every officer they could prove ignored their orders to the courts martial, and even sent a federal oversight team to take control of the base on the ground. The base escorted the oversight team off base and raised the Texas flag above the American flag at the same time. That ended any question of Fort Worth JRB’s loyalties.