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Throughout 2009, Fort McCoy will celebrate a Century of Service to America. Each issue of The Real McCoy Online will feature a historical photo and tidbits of history from our past.

Photo: In 1945, Camp McCoy’s mission was changed to that of a reception and separation center for Soldiers returning from World War II. Men from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Michigan and Montana were processed and discharged. The reception section handled 5,400 Soldiers a week, while the separation center handled 800 a week. When the center closed in 1946, a total of 247,779 Soldiers had been processed. (A History Center Photo)
History Center photo

Separation Ceremony

In 1945, Camp McCoy’s mission was changed to that of a reception and separation center for Soldiers returning from World War II. Men from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Michigan and Montana were processed and discharged. The reception section handled 5,400 Soldiers a week, while the separation center handled 800 a week. When the center closed in 1946, a total of 247,779 Soldiers had been processed.

 

From our history files ...

Jan. 28, 1941: The Winter Warfare Training and Testing Detachment Ski Patrol conducts a winter exercise at Camp McCoy.

Jan. 15, 1942: Civilian Conservation Corps Discharge & Reception Center is converted to an enemy internment compound.

January 1959: Camp McCoy is considered as a possible site for an intercontinental ballistic missile base.

Jan. 21, 2003: The 6015th Garrison Support Unit arrives to support Fort McCoy’s mobilization mission for Operation Noble Eagle and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

 

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