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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: Military Police participate in a Monte Carlo-type event at Camp McCoy. The event was held in August 1955 as a recreational event at the installation. Fort McCoy is commemorating a "Century of Service" during 2009. (History Center Archives)
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Military Police participate in a Monte Carlo-type event at Camp McCoy. The event was held in August 1955 as a recreational event at the installation. Fort McCoy is commemorating a "Century of Service to America" during 2009.

On this date ...

Aug. 1940: 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 era."

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.

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