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T he Story of
FORT LEONARD WOOD
FORT LEONARD WOOD, covers 71,000 acres of the Mark
Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozarks, south-
west 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 ojficials 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 shovelful of dirt for the construction 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 dificulties the work proceeded at a furious pace and
was virtually completed the middle of May.
With the completion of the 840, 000, 000 fort and the 22
mile railroad leading to it, trainees began coming in
From the early part of 1941 until the post closed in
1946, Fort Leonard Wood trained some 300, 000 fighting
men. Such famous divisions as the 6th, 8th, 75th, 97th
and the 70th trained here during World War II.
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UNITED STA TES
Fort Looncwd Wood, Missouri
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During the years thejort 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 Ar-
mored Division engaged in replacement training rather
than a procession of divisions being trainedfor combat.
On 16 March 1956 the 6th Armored Division was inac-
tivated and replaced with the United States Army Train-
ing Center, Engineer. The Secretary of the Army signed
the order 21 Ma rch 1956 making Fort Leonard Wood a
permanent insta lla t io n.
The essence of Fort Leonard Wood is best described by
the word "training. " Tlzejort gives initial entry tra in-
ing, common and engineer specialist training and com-
bat 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-
try, electrical installation and many other specialties.
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