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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.