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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: Sgt. Frank D. Wippler, Rq. Co., 109th TT Bn., instructs a class on the fine points of operating a .30-caliber machine gun Nov. 6, 1950. The personnel from headquarters devoted one-half the day to basic training like this, and the other half to paper work. The class was held in the company’s day room. Fort McCoy is celebrating “A Century of Service to America” during 2009. (History Center Archieve)
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Weapons training ...

Sgt. Frank D. Wippler, Rq. Co., 109th TT Bn., instructs a class on the fine points of operating a .30-caliber machine gun Nov. 6, 1950. The personnel from headquarters devoted one-half the day to basic training like this, and the other half to paper work. The class was held in the company’s day room. Fort McCoy is celebrating “A Century of Service to America” during 2009.

On this date ...

Nov. 19, 1926: The War Department (General Orders No. 22) announced the reappointment of the Sparta Military Reservation as Camp McCoy “in honor of Maj. Gen. Robert Bruce McCoy,” Wisconsin National Guard. McCoy, 58, died Jan. 5, 1926 due to pernicious anemia.

Nov. 1942: The 2nd Infantry Division arrived and trained through the fall of 1943.

Nov. 20, 1942: First United Services Organization show pleases McCoy.
    Post cafeterias were opened.

Nov. 20, 1943: New McCoy bus station opened.
    More than 3,000 victory ideas submitted.
    WAC show big hit in La Crosse for recruiting.

Nov. 18, 1944:  A $50,000 war bond goal was set for civilian workers.

Nov. 25, 1944: The “It’s the McCoy” show was “drafted” for a state war bond tour.

Nov. 26, 1950:  It was a great time for paraplegic veterans at Camp McCoy when McCoy officers and men joined with veteran groups of the area to be hosts to the disabled men for a deer hunt. The hunt, believed to be the first of its kind anywhere, was a success, with the men promising “repeats” in the future.

Nov. 1952: The Army announced plans to shut down Camp McCoy.

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