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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: Members of the famed 100th Infantry Battalion stand in formation at Camp McCoy during the World War II era. The Hawaii-based, Japanese-American Nisei troops were among the most-decorated units of World War II. May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Fort McCoy is celebrating "A Century of Service" throughout 2009. (History Center Photo)
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New 100th Infantry Battalion ...

Members of the famed 100th Infantry Battalion stand in formation at Camp McCoy during the World War II era. The Hawaii-based, Japanese-American Nisei troops were among the most-decorated units of World War II. May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Fort McCoy is celebrating "A Century of Service" throughout 2009.

On this date ...

May 5, 1910: The War Department issued order number 79 providing for military training on the reservation during the summer, including maneuvers on an extended scale. This order required that all infantry troops must march at least 200 miles to reach the city of Sparta or returning to their stations, the cavalry and artillery were required to march 250 miles.

May 6, 1915: Battery A, of Fort Houston, Texas left that city arriving at Camp Robinson after a 1,527 mile journey. The battery consists of 150 men, 123 horses and 16 mules.

May 1, 1943: 2nd Infantry Division undergoes realistic battle training.

May 8, 1943: Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps detachment activated at McCoy.

May 6, 1944: Women’s Army Corps detachment celebrated first anniversary. McCoy topped county quota in Salvation Army drive.

May 11, 1945: McCoy was designated as a reception and separation center.

May 8, 1952: Brig. Gen. Eugene Harrison assumed command of Camp McCoy for the summer training exercises. He formerly was commandant of the Army general school at Fort Riley, Kan.

May – July 1965: During the months of May, June, and July Camp McCoy

vehicles from the Motor Pool traveled 502,625 miles using 43,492 gallons of gas.

May 12, 1967: More than 1,700 early-season anglers descended on the lakes and streams of Camp McCoy.

May 9, 1980: Message received from U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) requesting information concerning Fort McCoy’s capability to support Cuban Refugee Operation. Fort McCoy initiated a capability assessment with respect to support the Cuban Refugee Operation.

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