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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: Camp McCoy became Fort McCoy Sept. 30, 1974, in recognition of the installation becoming a year-round training support center. The designation underscored the vital  and enduring status of the installation’s role in the nation’s military readiness. Fort McCoy is observing “A Century of Service to America” during 2009. (Photo from History Center Archives)
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From camp to fort ...

Camp McCoy became Fort McCoy Sept. 30, 1974, in recognition of the installation becoming a year-round training support center. The designation underscored the vital and enduring nature of the installation’s role in the nation’s military readiness. Fort McCoy is observing “A Century of Service to America” during 2009.

On this date ...

Sept. 1905: Maj. Samuel Allen, commander of the 7th Field Artillery, Fort Snelling, Minn., admired the terrain of the Sparta area for its training value. Robert B. McCoy invited Allen’s unit, along with an Army board of reviewing officers, to put the land to the test during 16 days of training on his family’s ranch.

Sept. 25, 1950: Skeleton organizations for 25 Army units were set up. If filled to strength, 20,000 men would have permanent assignments. It was later reported that 15 additional units would be assigned.

Sept. 14, 1951: September marked the first anniversary of the reactivation of Camp McCoy. Coming to McCoy for regular training throughout the first year of reactivation were many non-divisional combat units. In the summer, the camp’s training program stretched to include thousands of men in the Reserve Organized Training Corps, and Organized Reserve Corps and National Guard units.

Nine women joined the Women’s Army Corps detachment at Camp McCoy after completing medical school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Sept. 30, 1985: For the first time more than 100,000 Soldiers completed training on post.

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