early morning bombing July 17, 1970 in building 1548 at Camp
McCoy pushed up the floor in front of the main distribution
frame and the line finder bays in the Dial Central Office.
of Defense Melvin Laird made a visit to Camp McCoy to speak to post
officials and training units.
researchers proposed that a new city of 1 million people be built at
Camp McCoy to serve Wisconsin population growth by 1990.
The city would rival Milwaukee as the states urban center.
The idea would be to discourage the concentration of population
growth in metropolitan Milwaukee area.
damage to the main telephone exchange was reported following three
early-morning bombings. Explosions
also hit Camp McCoy's power substation and reservoir but damage was
slight. There were no
injuries from the explosions. The
2,000-line telephone exchange was apparently bombed from under the
floor. The explosion left only 100 of the lines operating.
The blast at the electrical substation caused damage to
regulatory equipment creating a 90-minute blackout on post. The
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Army's Criminal Investigation
Division took over the investigation of the incident.
Milwaukee alderman proposed that Camp McCoy be used as a dump for the
federal grand jury indicted three Army men on charges they stole
explosives and blew up an electrical substation, telephone exchange
and water works at Camp McCoy last summer.
1-millionth tree was planted at Camp McCoy on Arbor Day marking the
10th anniversary of the Army Forestry Program.
More than $300,000 was collected from 1971 timber sales.
of the 407th Civil Affairs Group worked together with Monroe County
officials in addressing general areas of possible community problems,
to include transportation, environment and legal.
1013th Field Service Company's Cemetery Platoon, McCook, Neb.,
performed renovation work on a small civilian cemetery located on Camp
McCoy. Work included
painting the fence around the cemetery, straightening headstones, and
McCoy was reactivated and permanent-party staffing was established to
accomplish its mission of supporting Reserve and National Guard
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was well represented at Camp
McCoy when 16 foreign officers visited to observe training.
The visitors represented the countries of Belgium, Italy, West
Germany, and the Netherlands.
McCoy began a full-time fisheries program.
McCoy became an installation under the newly formed U.S. Army Forces
Command (FORSCOM) July 1.
members of a Texas Reserve unit embarked on a canoe adventure on a
stream feeding out of Alderwood Lake that they believed would take
them down to Squaw Lake just west of the post's cantonment area.
The area they were canoeing into happened to be the North
Impact Area. After three
hours of canoeing, they beached the canoes to hike back to post.
The four wandered aimlessly for five hours in the impact area
at night without kicking and setting off a dud.
Aside from being tired and scared to death, the four made it
trial of two men charged with bombing Camp McCoy in July 1970 began.
install a new sign at the entrance to Fort McCoy.
Department of the Army General Order No. 45 renamed the
installation Sept. 30, 1974.
McCoy officially became Fort McCoy on Sept. 30 as stated by Department
of the Army General Order No. 45, dated Sept. 16.
paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division flew into Fort McCoy for
two weeks of training in early December.
training was initiated at Fort McCoy.
employees of the Facilities Engineering Department were killed while
working near a bituminous asphalt storage tank in the post's coal
Area Community Theater (ACT) was founded at Fort McCoy.
The ACT is comprised of military and civilians that perform
three to four plays a year at Fort McCoy in building 1255.
$3 million A-7 jet fighter-bomber crashed and burned on the
installation in an area southeast of Alderwood Lake.
$2.1 million contract was awarded for modernizing the mess halls at
Fort McCoy and improving motor repair shops.
Wilcox, who co-starred as Raymond on the CBS comedy series
"Busting Loose," was the feature attraction of the ACT's
Open House to kick off the 1977-78 season.
McCoy was considered for but did not receive the NAVSTAR (Navigation
System Using Time and Ranging) site mission.
Carter administration's first round of proposed base closings and
cutbacks helped rather than hurt Fort McCoy.
off-road recreation vehicles (motorcycles, four-wheel drive, dune
buggies, mini-bikes and trail bikes) were prohibited on the
following procedures applied in pricing of gas at the PX Service
Station with the rapid approach of $1 per gallon gasoline.
Gasoline pumps only would calculate up to 99 cents per gallon.
Therefore, the price would be one-half of the sell price of a
$1 and over purchase. Example:
Gas selling at $1.10 per gallon would be posted at 55 cents and
for 10 gallons would register at $5.50, however, the total sell price
would be $11.
pioneer days of Daniel Boone were relived on Fort McCoy, when area
hunters took part in the post's first muzzle-loading season.