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From the early part of 1941 until the post closed in
1946, Fort Leonard Wood trained some 300,000 fight-
ing men. Such famous divisions as the 6th, 8th, 75th.
97th, and the 70th trained here during World War II.
During the years the fort lay dormant, only a handful
of groundkeepers were on the premises.
The business of activating an Army post started all
over again for Fort Leonard Wood in 1950, shortly after
the American troops began fighting in Korea.
This time, Fort Leonard Wood supported the 6th
Armored Division engaged in replacement training rath-
er than a procession of divisions being trained for combat.
On 16 March 1956 the 6th Armored Division was
inactivated and replaced with the United States Army
Training Center, Engineer. The Secretary of the Army
signed the order 21 March 1956 making Fort Leonard
Wood a permanent installation.
The essence of Fort Leonard Wfood is best described
by the word "training" The fort gives recruit basic
training, common and engineer specialist training and
combat engineer training.
Among the specialized types of training soldiers can
get at the fort are construction, machinery and earth
moving equipment operation and maintenance, struc-
tural steel and sheet metal working, plumbing, carpen-
tryg electrical installation and many other specialties.
Page 6 text:
The Story of FORT LEO ARD WOOD
FORT LEONARD WOOD, covers 71,000 acres of the
Mark Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozarks,
southwest of St. Louis. Activated in 1940, the Fort was
named in honor of Major General Leonard Wood who
won the Medal of Honor for action in the campaign
against the Apache Indian Chieftain, Geronimo.
Only a handful of officials were on hand December
1940 to witness the ground breaking ceremonies. On
that day, an unknown soldier of a huge construction
Army turned the first shovelfull of dirt for the con-
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struction of the nation's largest engineer training center,
a post that has trained thousands of fighting men.
The mud was terrific-so bad as to give the budding
camp nationwide publicity. But the excavators and the
wielders of hammer, trowel and saw surged on in their
work. Almost all workers lived off the post. In spite of
all the difficulties the work proceeded at a furious pace
and was virtually completed the middle of May.
With the completion of the 540,000,000 fort and the
22 mile railroad leading to it, trainees began coming in
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