Soldiers at the installation for training tour areas at the historic Commemorative Area at Fort McCoy. The Commemorative Area consists of five World War II-era buildings set aside to help tell Fort McCoy’s unique story. These facilities are representative of the types found in the cantonment area when it was constructed in 1942. The area also includes the History Center, Equipment Park and the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. (Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, June 2017)
Fort McCoy is named for Maj. Gen. Robert Bruce McCoy, a distinguished veteran of World War I. The son of a Civil War captain, McCoy was a prominent local resident who served as a lawyer, district attorney, county judge and mayor of Sparta, Wisconsin. Camp McCoy was founded in 1909. It served as a supply base for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It served as a POW and relocation camp during World War II. It housed 15,000 Cuban refugees in 1980. It has been a major mobilization site during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and for the global war on terrorism. For a full history of Fort McCoy, visit www.mccoy.army.mil/AboutUs/history.asp.