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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: A Camp McCoy mess hall (dining facility) is ready to offer Soldiers all the trimmings and a holiday setting for a Thanksgiving meal in 1937. Soldiers have eaten many meals prepared at dining areas throughout the years. Fort McCoy is observing “A Century of Service to America” throughout 2009. (History Center Archives)
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Thanksgiving dinner ...

A Camp McCoy mess hall (dining facility) is ready to offer Soldiers all the trimmings and a holiday setting for a Thanksgiving meal in 1937. Soldiers have eaten many meals prepared at dining areas throughout the years. Fort McCoy is observing “A Century of Service to America” throughout 2009.

On this date ...

Nov. 6, 1942:  Sparta rent prices were frozen as of March 1.

Barracks for Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps were nearing completion.

Nov. 13, 1942: Limited Service School activated at McCoy.

Nov. 13, 1943: Post helped to raise $20,000 for Army Emergency Relief by assisting in the staging of the premiere of Irving Berlin’s “This is the Army.”

Nov. 4, 1944: The "It's the McCoy" radio show was praised as "outstanding" by WTMJ and Wisconsin Network chiefs.

Nov. 11, 1944: A brilliant record was hung up by the combined maintenance shops: 1,700,000 war articles returned to service in a year.

Nov. 6, 1950: Maintenance crews have been on the job continuously since the federal government in September stepped up activity. A new chimney went up in the motor repair shop, mess halls were painted and steps repaired.

Nov. 9, 1951: Five Korean veterans assigned to the 68th Engineer Combat Group received Bronze Star medals during a formal retreat parade. The medals, presented by Col. T.C. Lighthouse, commanding officer of the 68th, were awarded for meritorious service beyond the call of duty while serving with 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Receiving the awards were Sgt. Carl F. Stout, Cpl. Richard J. Ksobiech, and Pfc. Kenneth K. Bierschback all of the 115th Engineer Combat Battalion, and Sgt. Jose E. Lugo, and Cpl. Stanley H. Adams with the 31st Engineer Combat Battalion.

Nov. 7, 1980: The last military support unit for the Cuban Refugee operations returned to Fort Knox, Ky. Fort McCoy support mission has officially ended.

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