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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: The riot control squad, all members of the 115th Engineer Construction Battalion, advances on an unruly mob in a wedge formation designed to scatter the group. The full dress rehearsal was staged Oct. 5, 1951, at Camp McCoy. Fort McCoy is observing “A Century of Service to America” throughout 2009. (History Center Archives)
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Riot control training ...

The riot control squad, all members of the 115th Engineer Construction Battalion, advances on an unruly mob in a wedge formation designed to scatter the group. The full dress rehearsal was staged Oct. 5, 1951, at Camp McCoy. Fort McCoy is observing “A Century of Service to America” throughout 2009.

On this date ...

Oct. 16, 1942: 1,500,000 pounds of scrap were collected at McCoy.

Oct. 30, 1942: Col. MacMullin inaugurated industrial and military safety program at Camp McCoy.

The west Guest House for visitors was opened.

All camp theaters were expected to be operating in the next two weeks.

Oct. 30, 1943: McCoy trained 100th Infantry battalion troops spearheaded the Battle of Italy.

Scrap hunt under way at McCoy.

Oct. 28, 1944: Two McCoy officers, Capt. Louis Day and Lt. Frank Ray, saved the government $25,000 through the waterproofing method for gas mask carriers.

Oct. 11, 1950: Camp McCoy’s first selective recruits, assigned to 465th Field Artillery of Minot, N.D., arrived.

Oct. 30, 1950: The Soldiers at Camp McCoy could call anywhere in the U.S. and overseas from the new telephone center. The center had nine soundproof booths. An attendant took down the information about the call and then gave it to a switchboard operator who got Tomah, which had direct lines to Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis. In addition to the center, 27 unattended pay stations were scattered throughout the camp.

October 1951: A reassignment and separation center was reactivated at Camp McCoy. Before the center closed its doors in Jan. 1953, over 15,000 men were separated from service and another 18,000 men had been reassigned to other posts.

Oct. 27, 1952: Discharges for 100 civilian workers at Camp McCoy were cancelled. The employees were kept on the payroll. Another 80, who were discharged under the civilian employment cutback, have gone into private jobs and will not be replaced, according to Franklin Skogstad, civilian personnel director.

Oct. 19, 1990: Bob Hope performs for 2,000 Soldiers in La Crosse.

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