On this date ...
June 8, 1909:
The first General Orders published establishing the Sparta
June 1, 1936: All
persons residing in the vicinity of Camp McCoy were warned
that Field Artillery firing would commence on Camp McCoy
Military Reservation and would continue until Aug.15, 1936.
Trespassing on the reservation would be at the personal risk
of persons and owners of animals so trespassing.
June 5, 1943: McCoy
aided flood-stricken Sparta. Camp McCoy went into summer
June 3, 1944: Over
250 Spanish American war veterans visited McCoy. Over 800
division Soldiers earn Expert Infantryman badges. Pfc. Mary
Jane Ford commended for attempt to save lake victim.
June 6, 1944: "On
to Paris," cry Yanks as invasion starts. The Real McCoy
June 1, 1945: Maj.
Gen. John P. Lucas, 4th Army, inspected Camp McCoy and stated
"McCoy offers more than most camps."
June 1947: Camp
McCoy was placed on inactive status. Reserve and National
Guard units still used it as a summer training camp during the
next few years.
June 5, 1951:
Cannoneers of the 187th Field Artillery Group opened up with
every artillery piece in their possession during a
time-on-target firing mission. This was the first instance of
McCoy in 1951 that a group-sized unit has conducted that
mission. As a phase of the Army Field Forces Training Tests
being conducted by the 187th, the group’s four battalions
spent their time tossing shells at a target which was
concealed by darkness, even from the artillery observers.
Assistant plans and training officer Capt. Frederic Hacker
said that this "time-on-target" tactic had been used
with deadly effect in Korea.
June 10, 1980:
Cuban refugee population increases to 13,069. Support
personnel numbered 1,157 Army, 58 Army National Guard, 128
USAR, 1,650 temporary civilians.