Monday, August 13, 2018
Camp McCoy, Wisconsin-- Part 3: Served As a POW Camp and In Korean War
The South Post of the Camp had served as a Civilian Conservation Center before the war, but during World War II, that was converted into a prisoner of war and Japanese-American relocation camp. It was the largest holding facility for Japanese POWs in the Continental United States and also housed several thousand German and Korean prisoners.
I had never heard of Korean prisoners of war in World War II. Koreans who fought for Japan.
The camp was briefly deactivated after World War II, but the Korean War saw its reactivation as a training center until 1953 when it was again deactivated. In 1973, the Army reactivated Camp McCoy as a permanent training center and the following year officially redesignated it as Fort McCoy.
So, it was Camp McCoy until 1974. Today, it trains some 100,000 troops a year as a Total Force Training Center. It is also the headquarters of the Navy's Mobile Construction Battalion- 25 (Spades and Clubs).