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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: Workers built a new rifle range on Fort McCoy in June 1941. This is a western view of the target house. The work was done about six months before the United States entered World War II in December 1941. Fort McCoy is celebrating a “Century of Service” throughout 2009.  (History Center Archives)
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Range work ...

Workers built a new rifle range on Fort McCoy in June 1941. This is a western view of the target house. The work was done about six months before the United States entered World War II in December 1941. Fort McCoy is celebrating a "Century of Service" throughout 2009.

On this date ...

June 12, 1943: First Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps recruit enlisted at Camp McCoy. Japanese war prisoners interned at Camp McCoy.

June 22, 1945: Lt. Robert J. MacMullin, a prisoner of war in Germany, returned to McCoy and described life under the Nazis.

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 15, 1951: Aided by Company "B" of the 645th Engineer Combat Battalion, the 317th Pontoon Bridge company pushed its 713 foot M-4 Pontoon bridge across the backwater of Castle Rock lake between Necedah and Mauston last week. During the exercise, the two companies put up the bridge under the cover of darkness so the VI Corps Artillery could move across the lake. Actual construction of the bridge took about 14 hours. Ten hours after the bridge was completed, the night-working engineers began dismantling it.

June 19, 1952: Anthony P. Gawronski, director of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) of Wisconsin, announced the approval of applications for relaxation of credit restrictions of properties to be constructed in the Camp McCoy critical defense housing area. Fifty-two were in Tomah and 32 in Sparta.

    The first construction work on the FHA housing project in Sparta began when excavation started for the footings on two houses on the Roger Hilliker property on the northeast edge of the city. Hilliker expected that the first units would be ready for occupancy by August.

    The city began laying sewer to serve the new project and would have all facilities in readiness by the time construction is completed.

June 1991: Fort McCoy received one of the largest reserve-component equipment demobilization/repair missions in the Army. The mission, called Operation Desert Fix, gave the installation responsibility for the inventory, inspection, repair and return of more than 5,800 pieces of equipment. 

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