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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: Pfc. D.H. Oatlund, instructor, teaches the first class in the C.W. Radio School at Camp McCoy in October 1950. The installation recently had been activated after being closed for several years following World War II. Fort McCoy is celebrating a “Century of Service to America” throughout 2009. (History Center Archives)
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Back in the '50s ...

Pfc. D.H. Oatlund, instructor, teaches the first class in the C.W. Radio School at Camp McCoy in October 1950. The installation recently had been activated after being closed for several years following World War II. Fort McCoy is celebrating a “Century of Service to America” throughout 2009.

On this date ...

Oct. 2, 1942: Furnishing of 160 day rooms was planned.

Gas rationing was being discussed.

Oct. 9, 1942: McCoy’s scrap-drive was saving thousands of dollars. Service Clubs opened at the new camp, and Mrs. Pearl F. Dawson arrived from Fort Custer as the newest senior hostess.

Lt. Col. Harry R- Brown arrived as new Post Executive Officer.

Soldiers were permitted to use cameras “with discretion.”

Oct. 2, 1943: The 1650 service unit training center moved to Fort Sheridan. The 24th Hospital Center activated.

Oct. 7, 1943: The 76th Infantry Division arrives.

Oct. 5, 1945: The last of the Japanese POWs depart.

First Job Corps trainees arrive.

Job Corps Training Center opened at Camp McCoy. At full capacity there were 1,700 men at the center and a staff of 630. A 25 percent drop out rate was expected. The program trained teenage boys from low-income families in vocational, technical and social skills

Oct. 14, 1949: Camp McCoy closed down following an extensive summer training program of over 30,000 Reserve and National Guard troops. The post would be manned with 60 housekeeping personnel.

Oct. 10, 1980: Cuban refugee population numbers 305. Support personnel numbers 91 Army, 1,024 temporary civilians.

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