History Center photo
Soldiers from the
2nd Infantry Division plan maneuvers at Camp McCoy for
cold-weather training circa World War II. Fort McCoy is
celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2009.
From our history files ...
Feb. 10, 1942:
It was announced that the War Department would build a new
Army cantonment area near the existing
military reservation in
Sparta. The first construction bids occurred
Feb. 5, 1943:
"It’s the McCoy" (radio show), after selling $8
million worth of bonds, began second tour of state.
Feb. 6, 1943:
$6,600 given by Soldiers to infantile paralysis fight fund. A.
R. Thompson, Red Cross head, left for Washington, D.C.
Feb. 13, 1943:
McCoy’s theater facilities praised by showmen.
Feb. 20, 1943: Tommy Tucker’s band
the air (radio) from Theater 4.
Feb. 28, 1943: Limited Service School
"Insanities of 1943" presented.
Feb. 12, 1944: Thirty-three Army
hostesses from Sixth Service command
installations laud McCoy after
conferences. McCoy units went over top
Feb. 19, 1944: Second bond tour of
"It’s the McCoy," nets nearly $4 million.
1263rd Engineer Combat Battalion
Feb. 26, 1944: 76th Infantry Division
opened winter maneuvers at
Watersmeet. State Elks club members
wives "invade" McCoy.