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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: Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division plan maneuvers at Camp McCoy for cold-weather training circa World War II. (A History Center Photo)
History Center photo

Cold-weather training

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. 14.

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
          went on the air (radio) from Theater 4.

          Feb. 28, 1943: Limited Service School
          show "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
           in 4th War Loan.          

           Feb. 19, 1944: Second bond tour of
           "It’s the McCoy," nets nearly $4 million.
           The 1263rd Engineer Combat Battalion
           activated.

           Feb. 26, 1944: 76th Infantry Division
           opened winter maneuvers at
           Watersmeet. State Elks club members
           and wives "invade" McCoy.

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