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Fort McCoy is named for MG Robert B. McCoy, a veteran of the Spanish-American War and visionary who first imagined the area for development as a military training facility.
Edgar G. “Eddie” Ireland epitomized the strength of the American citizen-soldier in World War II and has been a role model of determination and optimism ever since. Fresh out of high school in 1942, he was trained as a tanker.
In the autumn of 1918, a powerful new American weapon was introduced to provide assault troops that type of weapon: the Browning Automatic Rifle, then and thereafter known simply as the BAR (not “bar”). The BAR gave attacking troops a genuine tactical advantage in the offensive. It became a legendary weapon that saw service in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
The move itself was a challenging exercise. While most of the division’s combat units marched from the front to the railhead at Toul, others were still near Gondrecourt and had to be alerted and moved from there.
In this episode of Army ArtiFACTS, Kathleen Lugarich (Army Historical Foundation) and Christopher Ripstein (Harley-Davidson Museum) talk about the Harley-Davidson WLA model motorcycle and its purpose in World War II.
This video features Al Couture, a 99 year old U.S. Army Air Forces veteran who served as a navigator aboard a B-24 Bomber with the 456th Bombardment Group.
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