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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 329th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, of Indiana make out morning reports during their annual training in July 1953. The reports were kept by the divisionís Finance Department. Fort McCoy is observing "A Century of Service" during 2009. (History Center Archives)
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Morning reports ...

Members of the 329th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, of Indiana make out morning reports during their annual training in July 1953. The reports were kept by the divisionís Finance Department. Fort McCoy is observing "A Century of Service" during 2009.

On this date ...

July 1909: The first telegraph (wireless) message sent into the city of St. Paul was dispatched from Camp Robinson.

July 1941: The War Department authorized a preliminary survey of the expansion of Camp McCoy. The engineering firm of Mead, Ward, and Hunt of Madison conducted the site survey and drew the design plans for the "New Camp" (the current-day cantonment area.) The survey work began. The plans were completed and sent to the War Department in November. The "triad" layout of design was used primarily to allow troop units to live and train together without being crowded by other units, yet close enough to operate efficiently under one headquarters.

July 24, 1942: First issue of The Real McCoy was published ó Capt. E. E. Schroeder, editor. Camp McCoy consisted only of the Old Camp, Col. George M. MacMullin had replaced Lt. Col. Distelhorst as Camp Commander a month before. The 100th Infantry Battalion made up of Japanese from Hawaii had just moved into Camp McCoy.

July 15, 1952: Two of the homes being constructed in the Lemonweir Parkway development were open for public inspection over the weekend. The development, which eventually provided a total of 66 homes, was in the process of construction, with 54 homes to be completed as quickly as possible. The project was authorized by the Federal Housing Administration, which recognized Tomah as a critical defense area in need of housing.

July 15, 1964: Jon Provost, aka Timmy Martin of the Lassie Show, became an honorary Camp McCoy Colonel during a visit to Camp McCoy.

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