On this date ...
Camp McCoy was the site of the Second Army Maneuvers, which
involved the largest concentration of troops in the Midwest
since World War I. Approximately 65,000 National Guard and
active-Army troops from seven states trained in both
mechanized and aerial combat. The maneuver area included 1000
square miles in four adjoining counties.
Aug. 14, 1942:
Lt. Lola A. Dowdy was the first nurse to arrive at Camp McCoy.
The Tomah USO
opened, and plans were being made for a USO in La Crosse.
Aug. 30, 1942: The
"new camp" was opened.
Aug. 12, 1944: The
McCoy and 76th Infantry Division baseball teams were rated
favorites in the state semi-pro tourney.
McCoy was tabbed
ideal for training by Maj. Gen. Jonathan W. Anderson, XXXVI
Corps chief on a visit here.
Aug. 26, 1944: State
leaders were told that Camp McCoy would be an ideal training
site for the proposed post-war military program.
Aug. 17, 1950:
A branch employment office opened in building 2117, the Camp
McCoy warehouse area, and accepted applications for "any
and all kinds of jobs." Civilian personnel were employed
in the camp hospital, ordnance shops, coal yards and laundry.
An estimated 600 additional civilian employees were hired.
Aug. 17, 1951:
The 34th Infantry (Red Bull) division arrived at McCoy for a
two-week summer encampment. It marked the first time the
division had trained at this post. Post Commander Brig. Gen.
Butler termed the personnel "the Minute Men of this
Aug. 13, 1980: Number
of Cuban refugee arrivals reached a peak of 14,360.
Aug. 27, 1990:
First unit to arrive for Operation Desert Shield/Storm.