2017-2018 Fort McCoy Guide

Commemorative Area preserves post's past

The 900 block of the installation and the area immediately surrounding it are at the hub of the fort's history-preservation efforts.

Commemorative Buildings

The Commemorative Area consists of five World War II-era buildings set aside to help tell Fort McCoy's unique story. These facilities are representative of the types found in the cantonment area when it was constructed in 1942.

Three of the buildings — an administrative facility, a dining facility, and a barracks — are set up to depict Soldier life during the 1940s. Display items include a World War II chapel, bunk beds, footlockers, mannequins, and potbelly stoves. Another building highlights four different modern military training venues, and a separate facility shows various training aids.

History Center
History Center


Equipment Park
Equipment Park

The Commemorative Area is open April through October by appointment to groups of 15 or more. The area is also open selected days June through September.

History Center

The History Center features displays of photographs and memorabilia that reflect the roles the installation has held since 1909.

Renovated in 2015, the building is now handicapped-accessible.

The History Center is open year-round by appointment to groups of 15 or more.

Equipment Park

The Equipment Park is an outdoor display of historic and present-day equipment representative of the types used on the installation.

The design of the park allows for display of 70 pieces of equipment, ranging from helicopters and howitzers to trucks and trailers.

A brochure featuring the park layout provides information about each piece of equipment on display is available on site.

Visitors have access to the Equipment Park year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Veterans Memorial Plaza

Veterans Memorial Plaza is a tribute to all of the men and women who have served the nation during each era of Fort McCoy's history.

Visitors have access to Veterans Memorial Plaza year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. For the convenience of visitors, the Commemorative Area includes a picnic pavilion and restroom facilities.

Tours

Guided, narrated tours of the installation can be arranged for groups of 15 or more Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays, throughout the year. A tour without stops lasts approximately 30 minutes. There is no cost for the tour. Dining is available on the installation.

To schedule a guided tour, contact the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.

Armed Forces Day Open House

Fort McCoy typically hosts an Open House each year on the third Saturday in May — Armed Forces Day. This is an excellent time to visit — no appointment required! All Commemorative Area buildings are open, and many special activities are scheduled.

For more information about the Commemorative Area or the Armed Forces Day Open House, contact the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office by: phone, 608-388-2407; fax, 608-388-3749; mail, Public Affairs Office, 100 E. Headquarters Rd., Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5263; or email, usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.list.pao-admin@mail.mil.