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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: One bus filled with Cuban refugees pulls out of a Fort McCoy area to go to an out-processing area. These refugees went to Fort Chaffee, Ark., in September 1980. On the right side juveniles who remained behind for the time being look on from behind a fence. Fort McCoy is celebrating a “Century of Service to America” throughout 2009. (History Center Archives)
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Cuban refugees ...

One bus filled with Cuban refugees pulls out of a Fort McCoy area to go to an out-processing area. These refugees went to Fort Chaffee, Ark., in September 1980. On the right side juveniles who remained behind for the time being look on from behind a fence. Fort McCoy is celebrating a “Century of Service to America” throughout 2009.

On this date ...

Sept. 4, 1942: Building of a new USO at Sparta received presidential approval.

50,000 visitors had seen Camp McCoy when it officially opened the Sunday before.

Sept. 11, 1942: A metal-scrap collecting campaign by Boy Scouts was planned at the camp under the direction of Col. MacMullin.

Sept. 11, 1943: Large discharge unit organized here.

Sept. 18, 1943: Lt. Gen. Lesley J. McNair termed the 2nd Infantry Division a grand outfit.

Sparta USO opened.

McCoy helped to sell $1 million in bonds.

Sept. 8, 1950: The 887th Field Artillery, a Reserve unit from the Green Bay area, was the first contingent of troops to arrive at newly reactivated Camp McCoy.

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