US Army Training Center - Yearbook (Fort Polk, LA)
- Class of 1967
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Text from Pages 1 - 104 of the 1967 volume:
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UNITED STATES ARMY
FORT POLK, lOUlSIANA
The 49th Armored Division of Texas; the 4009th US Army
Garrison of Baton Rouge, and other Reserve and National
Guard support units arrived for a year of active duty.
With the growing need for an even stronger Army, in July
1962 the Post was designated an Infantry Training Center.
Regular Army personnel began converging on Polk in the spring
of 1962 and within a few months the first trainees arrived. By
early fall units providing basic combat, advanced infantry, and
common specialist training were fully operational.
Rehabilitation of Post facilities from their condition in early
1962 was a gigantic task. Polk personnel had to develop train-
ing and recreational resources to accommodate the new situa-
A dynamic program of beautification was begun and resulted
in acres of verdant grass and foliage in every brigade area. The
Post-wide planting of magnolia and cypress trees, and other
projects, are transforming Fort Polk into a garden spot of
Today Fort Polk is a bustling, vigorous training center. Its
recreational facilities include lighted baseball fields, softball dia-
monds, tennis courts, swimming pools and golf driving range.
Other activities include a riding academy, brigade and Post
heldhouses, air conditioned bowling alley, service clubs, li-
braries, movie theaters, and an 18-hole golf course, one of the
finest in the Armed Forces.
Fort Polk was selected in December 1965 to conduct Viet-
namese oriented training for Advanced Individual trainees
selected as replacements for US Army infantry forces in South-
east Asia. - . ' -
Fort Polk required a host of ranges and training areas in order
to produce top-notch soldiers to assume roles on the Army team.
These were constructed or rebuilt to embody the latest advances
in training techniques and methods.
In addition to material facilities, a trainng philosophy had to
be developed. The crux of this philosophy has been the evolution w
of an incentive program designed to provide motivation for
superior performance. Its worth has been proven by the trainees,
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History of Fort Pol
a Fort Polk, largest Army installation in Louisiana, is also
the youngest, fastest growing training facility in the Army.
Located in western Louisiana, near the burgeoning communi-
ties of Leesville and DeRidder, the installation covers more
than 147,000 acres of Kisatchie National Forest.
The Post, originally called Camp Polk, was established as a '
result of the famous Louisiana maneuvers of 1941-42. Twenty-
two million dollars worth of construction was completed in
Fort Polk was named after the Right Reverend Leonidas
Polk, an Episcopal bishop of Louisiana, known as the 9Fighting
, BlShOp.,, Reverend Polk was killed in action in 1864 at Mari-
t etta, Georgia, while fighting as a Confederate lieutenant general.
L Durlng World War II, Camp Polk trained millions of men.
1. Former President Eisenhower, General Mark Clark, General
Omar Bradley, the late General George S. Patton, Jr., General
Walter Krueger, and General Alfred Gruenther were among
the famous personalities who directed the training of equally
famous divisions whose deeds in battle in the European, Asiatic
and Pacific Theaters have gone down in history.
.. After the war, Polk was inactivated to a stand-by status. In
v 1948-49, the camp was partially opened to accommodate vital
. Natlonal Guard and Reserve summer training.
. September, 1950, saw the Post fully activated to meet the
'3 needs of the Korean War. In 1954, the Post closed, only to be
opened the next year and designated a fort. In June 1959, Fort
.: Polk again was closed.
. Operations continued on a limited basis for National Guard
i. and Reserve two-Iweek encampments. In September 1961, how-
, , 65; ., ever, Polk facilitles were again called upon to answer another
natlonal emergency-the Berlin Crisis.
who have matched, topped and gone on to set new standards in
physical training, rifle and other weapons qualification scores.
Included among the Post,s training accomplishments is the
Army-wide record of 459.5 for the physical combat proficiency
test. It was established by Company Q, Third Training Brigade,
in April 1964. In four years of operation, more than 350,000
Polk graduates have been added to the Army ranks.
Fort Polk,s climate, location and terrain make it an out-
standing training area the year round. The climate is mild, with
Gulf breezes modifying the summer season and tempering the
,winter chill. Freezing temperatures seldom occur although per-
iodic northwesterly winds occasion sudden drops in temperature,
frequently accompanied by drizzling rains.
From their vantage point at Fort Polk, servicemen soon learn
that Louisiana has much to offer the weekend Sightseer and out-
doorsman. Southern towns of great charm welcome visitors
looking for a touch of the true aura of Louisiana,s history as
well as a taste of its excellent French and Latin cuisine. Choice
fishing spots on and near the Post are numerous, and hunters
find small game in abundance.
Cities in the surrounding area offer a wide range of business,
educational, recreational, cultural and religious facilities. Within
three hundred miles of the Fort are such cities and recreational
areas as New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, Dallas, Biloxi, Lit-
tle Rock and Hot Springs.
Professional services available include a bank, a credit union,
post oHice, hospital. and Red Cross Office. Chapels and com-
munity churches invite Polk personnel to worship in the religion
of their choice.
Thus, Fort Polk provides a balanced program for its men.
The recreational and cultural activities are some of the best the
Army has to offer; at the same time, using the latest Army
techniques, the Post performs the vital mission of turning civil-
ians into the finest soldiers to be found anywhere in the Army.
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Major General Ellis W. Williamson was born in Raeford, North
Carolina, 2 June 1918. Through high school and college he was a
member of the 120th Infantry Regiment, North Carolina . National
Guard. Upon graduation from Atlantic Christian College with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in 1940, he entered the Federal Service with his unit.
General Williamson remained with the 120th Infantry Regiment
throughout World War 11 serving in rank from private to colonel. Fol-
lowing commissioning as a second lieutenant of infantry in March 1941,
he served as a commander at platoon, company, battalion and regi-
mental level and as a battalion and regimental staff officer. He was
regimental commander at the time of the unitis return to state control
in January 1946.
The same year he was integrated into the Regular Army. For three
years he was an instructor of tactics at the Infantry School. He gradu-
ated from the Command and General Staff College in 1950 and was
assigned to Headquarters X Corps in Korea. He participated in the
amphibious landing at Inchon as Assistant Operations thcer, X Corps,
later becoming Operations Officer.
General Williamson was assigned in 1952 to the Office of the Army
Chief of Staff, next attended the Armed Forces Staif College, and then
returned to Washington for duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
He assumed command of the 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Carson,
Colorado in 1956 and took this unit to Germany on Operation Gyro-
scope. After 27 months as regimental commander, he became Chief of
the Training Division, Headquarters Seventh U. S. Army. He returned
home to qualify as a parachutist and attend the National War College.
Following three years in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for
ELLIS W. WILLIAMSON
Major General, U. S. Army
Personnel at Department of the Army, General Williamson assumed
command of the 173d Airborne Brigade tSeparatei upon its activation
in Okinawa in July 1963. He organized and trained this unit for its
mission as Pacific Theater Reserve Force during the next two years.
General Williamsonis brigade, in May 1965, became the first U. S.
Army ground combat unit to enter the coniiict in Vietnam. Under his
command, it participated in actions designed to protect friendly in-
stallations and to destroy enemy forces in the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau-Ben
Cat areas and the mountain plateau areas of Pleiku and Kontom.
General Williamsonis command in Vietnam included All Australian and
New Zealand combat elements, plus some Vietnamese units.
General Williamson's U. S. and foreign decorations include the Dis-
tinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with
five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster,
Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart with two
Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, the British
Distinguished Service Order, the French Croix de Guerre with Silver
Star, the Vietnamese CrOss of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnamese Army
Disctlinguished Service Medal, and the First Class Vietnamese Service
A 1962 graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Busi-
ness, he earned his Master of Science degree in International Affairs at
George Washington University in 1963.
General Williamson is married to the former Margaret McNeill of
Charlotte, North Carolina, and has two children, Dan and Nan.
He assumed command of the U. S. Army Training Center, Fort Pork.
Louisiana, 1 November 1966.
HEADQUARTERS FORT POLK
Oflice of the Commanding General
Fort Polk, Louisiana 71459
This book is about you and for you, and in a large part you have
written-the story it tells. It is an old story, lived through by countless
other menafathers, brothers, and relatives. For you who have lived it
for the first time, this book will serve as a reminder that you succeeded
in making the difficult change from citizen to soldier.
I trust that this book will remind you that there will be many other
challenges in your military careers. These challenges will call f0r the
same spirit of dedication and hard work demonstrated in your first eight
weeks of service. There is much yet to be done. I am confident that as
challenges and obstacles arise, you will meet and conquer them in a
manner in which you and the nation will be proud.
Ellis W. Williamson
Major General, USA
Brigadier General Andy A. Lipscomb was born in
Bessemer, Alabama, July 25, 1916. He graduated from
the United States Military Academy, West Point, New
York, with a Bachelor of Science degree on J une 14, 1938,
and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in
the Regular Army.
Following Infantry assignments in Panama and the
United States, General Lipscomb became Battalion Com-
mander of the 3rd Battalion, 311th Infantry, 78th Divi-
sion, in February 1944. He accompanied this battalion to
Europe and led it through the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland
and Central European campaigns of World War II.
He was assigned as Chief of the Infantry Training Sec-
tion of the Joint Brazil-United States Military Commission
from May 1946 until August 1947 and then became Regu-
lar Army Advisor with the New York National Guard.
General Lipscomb was transferred to Fort Myer, Vir-
ginia, in August 1951 where he commanded the lst Bat-
talion, 3rd Infantry, and for a short time, the 3rd Infantry
Regiment. He also served as White House Aide to Presi-
dent Harry S. Truman during this period.
In 1953 he became Chief, Infantry Section, US. Army
Group, Joint American Military Mission to Turkey. The
following year he was transferred to Headquarters, Seventh
United States Army, Stuttgart, Germany, and designated
Deputy Army G-3 tPlans, Operations and Training.
In June 1955, General Lipscomb assumed command
of the 12th Infantry Regiment of the Fourth Infantry
Division. From August 1956 until 1959, he was Assistant
Chief of Staif, G-3, Second United States Army, Fort
In August 1959, General Lipscomb was transferred to
ANDY A. LIPSCOMB
Brigadier General, U. S. Army
Deputy Commanding General
Korea. Here he was assigned as Chief of Staff of the
famous First Cavalry Division, which was engaged in
patrolling the Demilitarized Zone between North and South
Korea. He returned to the United States in September
1960, and was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of
Defense where he served as Military Staff Assistant in the
newly-created United States Arms Control and Disarma-
ment Agency. Upon being selected for promotion to Briga-
dier General, he was transferred to Fort Bragg, North
Carolina, as Deputy Commanding General and Chief of
Staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Stra-
tegic Army Corps iSTRACL Eifective 17 April 1962 he
was promoted to Brigadier General. In June 1963 General
Lipscomb was transferred to Fort Wainwright, Alaska,
where he became Commanding General, USARAL, Yukon
Command and Fort Wainwright, and Deputy Commander,
United States Army Alaska. On 15 January 1966, Gen-
eral Lipscomb was reassigned as Deputy Commanding
General, US. Army Training Center tInfantryL Fort
General Lipscomb is a graduate of the Command and
General Staff College, the Army War College and the Man-
ggenhent Course for Executives of the University of Pitts-
He has been awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit
tOfiicer Degreei, Soldiers Medal thk Leaf Clusteri,
Bronze Star Medal thk Leaf ClusterI, Joint Services
Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal thk
Leaf ClusterL Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry
He is married to the former Hope Hawkins Hyde of
Washington, North Carolina, and Washington, D. C.
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