A History of Army and Navy Training Centers, Camps, Forts, and other Military Installations Within the State Boundaries During World War II
Compiled by Dorothy Riker
Indiana Historical Bureau
Indiana War History Commission - 1952

Used with permission of the Indiana Historical Bureau

Chapter 2

Compiled by
Bartholomew County Historical Society

If in this story I can convey to the reader something of the magnitude of the task of the Federal Government in selecting the site, acquiring the land, and building Camp Atterbury in the short period of time in which it was accomplished, I shall think the time spent on it was not wasted. I should like also to leave the thought of the hard training, broken by all pleasurable diversions possible, but nevertheless each boy knowing why he was being trained, and of the tough fiber ingrained in the American character that made it possible for him to "take it." I wish I could have drawn a veil over the battlefields abroad and the suffering of the wounded returned to Wakeman hospital. When will we learn that nothing is gained by war? If we can accomplish the impossible, materially, why can we not find a way to keep peace? I, who write of war, believe in peace, and that it is not impossible if the world would put forth an equal effort in that direction.

I want to acknowledge the great help I have had from the pages of the Columbus Evening Republican, its former editor, Melvin Lostutter, its present editor, Robert Gordon, and Staff Writer Robert Marshall, who also read the manuscript. Acknowledgment is also made to the public relations officer at Camp Atterbury, Capt. John E. Wilson, for helpful suggestions and material; to the post signal office at Camp Atterbury for negatives of pictures; to John
V. Sellers, editor of the Franklin Star; to Col. B. C. Dunn, division engineer of Fifth Corps Area Headquarters at Columbus, Ohio; and to my neighbor, Joseph W. Springer, the chief negotiator for acquisition of the land, and to his sons, W. E. Springer and R. H. Springer, who accompanied me to Atterbury at different times, assisting me there.

The Historical Bureau staff has been able to add some material regarding administration and training from the official records of the camp now deposited at the Kansas City Army Records Center.

I have relied very heavily on the Camp Crier, the Atterbury newspaper, for camp activities. The newspaper clippings in the Columbus Public Library and in the Bartholomew County Historical Society Museum have been helpful in following the story of the camp.

Finally, I must add an extra word of thanks to Robert Marshall, who has been most kind and helpful.



In January of 1941 orders were issued by the War Department to the Fifth Zone constructing quartermaster of the Army, who at that time was in charge of all land acquisition for military purposes in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, to investigate potential sites for a new Army camp in the State of Indiana. An investigation of various areas under consideration was made by Charles H. Hurd, architect-engineer of Indianapolis, and U. S. Army personnel, and recommendations submitted to a board of officers selected from Fifth Corps Area Headquarters. This board, after investigating the proposed sites, selected one in south central Indiana, including land in northwestern Bartholomew County, and extending north into Johnson County, and west into Brown County, as the most desirable. It was largely a rural area, yet it was close to urban centers. Part of the land was sub-marginal; it was partly hilly and partly level. U. S. Highway 31 and the Pennsylvania Railroad offered easy access to the outside world.

The first official word of the new camp came in a dispatch from Washington on April 28, 1941, which said that a cantonment for 30,000 men would be established outside Columbus, the county seat of Bartholomew County, if the size of the Army was increased. This confirmed the rumors that had been afloat in the community since the appearance of the government engineers early in the year.

On May 10, 1941, the Quartermaster General issued instructions to the Fifth Zone constructing quartermaster to make preliminary plans for the acquisition of some 50,000 acres of land. The Charles Hurd Engineering Company was given the job of making the survey for the Army and set up headquarters in the Columbus armory. The work continued throughout the summer and fall. Some two hundred men were in the field with a proportionate number in the survey office.

Edwin Hurd, who was in charge of the survey, stated that the tangles of vegetation encountered in parts of western Bartholomew County were as tight as those which his men had encountered in making similar surveys in the tropical jungles. At times it was necessary for four axmen to go ahead of the instruments to dear the way for the lines. There were many snakes in the hills, including rattlers and copperheads. The U. S. Public Health Service gave all the field men "shots" to protect them from snake bite. Poison ivy was another hazard. (Note: See the HURD REPORT, elsewhere on this web site)

Appraisals of the tracts of land began June 19, 1941, with those in Johnson County. D. R. Martindill, of the Soil Conservation Office at Dayton, Ohio, was assigned to the project at the request of the Quartermaster General in Washington. Mr. Martindill requested L. J. Hoing of the Federal Land Bank in Louisville to detail appraisers to work on the project.

Abstracts of tide to the land were prepared by the Columbus Abstract Company. In four months time they did as much work as in an average four-year period. The last of the certificates of title were delivered to the Federal Government on November 1, 1941.

All of this was before the war started; the people were naturally disturbed and fearful at the prospect of leaving their farms and their homes. It was expected that some 700 families would be affected. Some of these were living on land that had been handed down in their family since it was purchased from the Federal Government in the 1820's and 1830's. The uprooting of a community of this size was certain to bring hardships and heartaches to many. Others, that would not be affected by the land transfer, were apprehensive of the coming of soldiers in great numbers into the community. The project blew hot and cold for eight months.

Then came the attack on Pearl Harbor. Overnight, the possibility of the Army camp became a reality. But with the coming of war, the attitude of the community changed; the need for the camp was obvious; everyone was willing to make sacrifices for the national good. The people waited for the official word that would trans-form their quiet agricultural community into an area teeming with wartime activity. It was not long in coming. On January 6 the Columbus Evening Republican received a telephone call from Congressman Earl Wilson saying the camp was definitely to be built. A week later a directive was issued by the Secretary of War to the Chief of Engineers to acquire 52,730 acres of land in Bartholomew, Johnson, and Brown counties, Indiana, for a cantonment and a training site. This was later reduced to approximately 40,350 acres, consisting of some 643 individual tracts.

The directive was passed on to Col. C. L. Hall of the Ohio River Division, who in turn delegated the supervision of the construction of the camp to Col. Henry Hutchings, Jr., district engineer at Louisville. Capt. W. S. Arrasmith, a former Louisville architect, was placed in immediate charge and set up headquarters in February, 1942, on the site of the camp. The Army did not wait until all the formal procedures connected with the transfer of the land were concluded before beginning construction. Time was too precious. The first construction was begun in a cornfield during a February snowstorm.

The groundwork for the transfer of the land had been laid the year before. The surveys of individual tracts with their appraised value and an abstract of title were in the hands of the War Department. Everything was in readiness to begin negotiations with the land owners. Joseph W. Springer, of Elizabethtown, was appointed supervisor on January 14, 1942, to handle these negotiations.

He had been serving as secretary of the Production Credit Association, a branch of the Farm Credit Association, with offices at Seymour. He was well known in the community and acquainted with local land values. A number of other negotiators were appointed to assist him in the work.

The usual procedure would have been for the government to approach the owners and obtain what land they could before filing condemnation proceedings, but in order to expedite matters a condemnation suit was filed in the Federal District Court in Indianapolis on January 24, 1942, covering 7,271 acres of the total area. Immediate possession was asked and obtained for 2,500 acres in the cantonment area where construction was to begin. Occupants of this area were asked to vacate by February 14, while those in the remainder of the condemned area were to have until March 24. All but 800 acres of this first land to be taken was in Johnson County.

Negotiations with the owners followed filing of the suit. Those who accepted the government price signed an option. This was sent on to the War Department and, if accepted, the owner was sent a purchase agreement. The abstract was then brought up to date and final papers signed. Lawyers Ralph Fraker, of Columbus, Carlton Shuck, of Franklin, and John Wright, of Nashville, were appointed to handle the final transfers. The first check for land was received by Mrs. Louisa Prichard on March 6, five weeks after she had signed her option.
The prices offered by the government were lower than the inflated prices being asked for farms listed for sale on the open market; they were lower than the owners had expected. Some did not sign options and thus became defendants in the condemnation suit, hoping by this procedure to receive more than the amount first offered. On April 4 the government filed a "declaration of taking" in the Federal court, whereby the title to the remainder of the 7,271 acres was transferred to them pending outcome of the suit. This was to permit work on the site to continue. Commissioners were appointed by the Federal court to review the price offered for each tract and dates were set for hearings. At these, the appraisals of the Land Department and the court would be offered as evidence, and the owner could present witnesses to prove that it was worth more than the government was offering. A jury or the Federal judge would then decide the price that should be paid. The War Department deposited money with the clerk of the court and the landowners were allowed to draw a part of this while waiting for the outcome of the suit.

It was a year before all the suits involving the land were settled. As a rule, the prices decided on by the jury were much closer to the government valuation than to that of the owner.

As the winter and spring went by, the boundaries of the camp area were being constantly changed. On one day a man might find his farm included, and the next day it would be outside. Many didn't know whether or not to plant their spring crops. By March the total area had been whittled down to about 37,000 acres, and negotiations were begun for the 30,000 not included in the first condemnation proceedings. Here, the normal procedure was followed of trying to obtain options on the land prior to the filing of a condemnation suit. Negotiations continued throughout April before filing of condemnation proceedings on April 30. All of the people in this area had to be out of their homes by July 1; in certain districts they had to be out by June 1.

One of the big problems connected with the acquisition of the land by the War Department was the paying of delinquent taxes and mortgages. Delinquent taxes in Nineveh and Union townships of Bartholomew County totaled $ 18,834.56. Persons living in the camp area had school fund and cemetery loans totaling some $45,000. By the time these loans were paid, some of the owners did not have much left.

In October, 1942, it was announced that 3,600 more acres were to be added to the camp area. Practically all of this was in Brown County and was sparsely settled. It had been included in the original survey. The government took possession of the land on December 1 by condemnation proceedings and the residents were given fifteen days in which to vacate.

As finally settled, the camp acreage totaled 40,351.5348 acres of which 10,398.22 acres were in Johnson County, 25,908.221 in Bartholomew County, and 4,045.0938 in Brown County. Approximately $3,800,000 was paid by the government for the land, an average of $94 per acre. In Bartholomew County, all of Nineveh Township except 940 acres was included; 325 acres were taken in German Township; the area that remained in these two townships was merged into one. Union Township had only 4,000 acres left but it managed to maintain its township unit until November, 1946, when property owners petitioned that it be divided and half added to Columbus Township and the other half to German Township. Harrison Township lost 1,235 acres. Bartholomew County lost $990,000 from its assessed valuation.

The area included parts of Blue River and Nineveh townships in Johnson County, and in Brown County it took in parts of Hamblin and Washington townships. The length of the camp area at its longest north-south point is 12½ miles; the width is 8 miles at its widest east-west point. The effort made to avoid splitting farms resulted in a boundary very irregular in places.

Of the 643 tracts of land included, 402 were acquired by direct purchase from the owners. The remaining tracts were acquired by condemnation proceedings, either because of defective land titles or inability of the land owners and the government to agree on the price. Federal officials reported that this percentage was about the same as in other localities where land was being taken by the government.

There was much sadness in finding new homes and severing old ties. Oscar Snepp was the first to buy a new farm. He bought in the southwestern part of Johnson County, but before he could move, this site was taken in the camp area so he had to buy still another farm. The only town in the area was Kansas, with a population of thirteen. One of its inhabitants, Val Ulrey, was eighty-five years old. He had started his blacksmith shop there in 1878. But Val Ulrey did not have to move. Death came to him on May 2. The majority of those purchasing new farms bought in their home county or as near to it as possible. Farmers who needed financial assistance in obtaining new farms, while waiting for payments from the government for their old ones, were urged to turn to the offices of the Farm Security Administration.

There were 15 cemeteries in the camp area containing some 1,500 graves. Five were in Johnson County: the Pisgah Methodist Cemetery, the Harriett Creek Cemetery northwest of the Pisgah Christian Church, the Knapp Cemetery on Road 252, and two family burial grounds. Two Revolutionary soldiers were buried in the Pisgah Methodist Cemetery: Matthias Parr, a New Jersey private, and John Poe, of North Carolina. Cemeteries in Bartholomew County included three in Union Township: St. John's Lutheran, Bethel Methodist, and Ohio Ridge; three in Nineveh Township: Kansas Methodist, Garrison, and Long; and two in Harrison Township: Mt. Olive and Mt. Carmel. Bodies in the Kansas Methodist Cemetery and in one of the private cemeteries in Johnson County were not disturbed. Those in the other cemeteries were removed to a new cemetery laid out by the government on the Nate Wells farm, two miles north-west of Edinburg and one-half mile west of Road 31. The arrangement of the bodies in the old cemeteries was preserved in the new one. It was necessary to acquire new burial vaults for each body. Contract for removal and reinterment of the bodies was given to the Wearly Monument Company of Muncie. Two cemeteries in Brown County, the Christian Bethel Church Cemetery and a private one, were not disturbed.

The camp closed five schools in Bartholomew County: the Kansas, Records, and Renner schools in Nineveh Township; Precinct and Lowell in Union Township. At the Records school on the Mauxferry Road, the enrollment dwindled day by day as the families moved away. The teacher, Miss Alta Harrell, had earlier lost her school near Madison when it was swallowed by the Jefferson Proving Ground. Out of an enrollment of twenty-nine at the beginning of the term, only a few were left when the school closed on May 5. The Renner school was not in the camp area, but the homes of most of the pupils were. Only a few pupils were left after the evacuation.

Most of the farm homes in the cantonment area were torn down at once; a few were taken over for a short period by construction company officials and engineers for offices, a few others were reserved for camp stables and the motor pool. In razing the buildings, many interesting things came to light. Two of the barns had originally been log cabins and one house was found to have been built around a one-room log cabin.

By June 19, eleven days before the deadline for evacuation, almost all the inhabitants of the 30,000-acre tract had moved. A Columbus reporter, roaming the area, found only scenes of desolation: empty houses surrounded by high grass and weeds; gates standing ajar, empty barns and chicken houses, without a dog or chicken left to break the silence. War had come home to Indiana.


At the same time that negotiations for the land were going for-ward, construction plans were also being pushed. The first contract in connection with the camp was let on January 30, 1942, to the Calumet Paving Company, of Indianapolis, for construction of an 8-mile railroad spur into the camp area from the Indianapolis-Louisville branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The railroad company had already started work on a switch and 125-car siding near Amity.

Bids for grading and for construction of buildings and other facilities at the camp were opened February 6 in the Federal court-room in Louisville. Approximately 1,700 buildings were to be built. Contractors could bid for the whole job or for one or more of the smaller units into which the contract was divided. These units were roughly:

A-1. 619 temporary buildings to house one Army division. These included 242 barracks, each with accommodations for 74 men, 97 mess halls, recreation buildings, theaters, a sports arena, headquarters buildings, storehouses, infirmaries, chapels, officers' quarters, etc.

A-2. 550 temporary buildings for troops of auxiliary units attached to the division. These likewise included barracks, mess halls, administration buildings, infirmaries, post exchanges, etc.

A-3. 102 temporary buildings for hospital group. These were to be of concrete block construction.

A-4. Utility buildings including warehouses, ordnance and repair shops, quartermaster offices, bakery, laundry, fire stations, incinerators, cold storage buildings, steel igloos to hold ammunition, salvage yards, prisoners' barracks, etc.

(Barracks under construction)

(Wakeman General Hospital under construction)

B. Roads, drainage, grading and water distribution
C. Railroad construction
D. Electrical distribution system
E. Water supply and sewage treatment plants

The Caldwell-Wingate Company of New York City was the only firm that submitted a general bid for the entire job. Their figure was a little over $34,500,000 and was rejected. Bids for the A-1 and A-2 groups were so high that the War Department decided to further subdivide each of these into four smaller units and readvertise for bids. The total of the new bids, opened in March, was smaller than the original ones. In the end, total construction costs were close to $35,000,000, but this included some buildings and other work not in the original specifications.

Contracts in the A-1-4 units were awarded to the following firms: A. W. Kutsche, Detroit; the Thompson Construction Company and the H. L. Fisher Corporation, Albany, New York; the A. Farnell Blair Company, Decatur, Georgia; the Consolidated Construction Company of Chicago; and O'Driscoll and Grove, Inc., New York City. The Blair company built three-fourths of the bar-racks buildings. Subcontractors under the Blair firm included the Meyer Plumbing and Heating Company, Marine Electric Company, Theobald Electric Company, and Diecks Electric Company, all of Louisville; Thomas J. Sheehan, St. Louis, plumbing; S. E. Roofing and Metal Company, Atlanta, Georgia, and Walker-Jamar Company, Chicago, who installed the heating. The sports arena built by the Blair Company was 133 x 181 feet with suspension roof.

The Pontarelli & Son Company and the Rock Road Company, Chicago, received the contract for Unit B, covering roads, drainage, gradings, etc. The grading work was sublet to Seward-McDougal-Lain. The latter arranged to light the area so that work could be carried on through the night.

C. A. Hooper & Company, Madison, Wisconsin, and the Monroe Electric Company, Chicago, received contracts for Unit D, the electrical distribution system.

The contract for sewage disposal and water supply, Unit E, went to the Birmingham Construction Company, Birmingham, Michigan. After testing the wells in the camp area, the State Board of Health closed over half of them. The construction companies drilled wells for temporary use in their own work. The permanent water supply system included wells and a reservoir; the wells were outside the camp area and the water was piped in under Highway 31. The Harry Fox Company of Shelbyville had a subcontract for the well drilling.

Following the letting of the contracts, officials of the construction companies began to arrive on the scene. Some of them established offices in the houses vacated by the farmers. Transient workers began to drift into the area, but not many were needed at first. The preliminary work of grading, excavating, and laying of foundations had to be done before construction could get into high gear. The weather was unusually bad during the early months of 1942. First it would snow and freeze, then the ground would thaw and it would begin raining. The area became one mass of mud. This freezing and thawing process continued up into May and rains continued to slow down progress all during the summer. When the ground dried off the workers had to contend with the dust. Delay in getting materials also held up the work.

The Hurd Engineering Company, of Indianapolis, which had handled the earlier surveys of the region, had a staff of 200 men busy in their Franklin office and on the grounds adapting Army specifications to the local situation. The location of buildings and streets was mapped out and stakes set. Shortages in materials often necessitated a change in the plans.

By the first of May the number of men working on the camp had reached 8,000. On June 16, the peak employment was reached with 14,491 on the payroll. These men came from many different parts of the country. Some had worked for these same construction companies at other Army camps or on other big jobs. Many were from towns in Indiana. At least a third of them brought their families with them. Edinburg, the town nearest to the construction area, was the first to feel the impact of the rush. Its population of 2,466 reached 4,000 by April. Every available room was taken. Even the John Talbert burial monument establishment was converted into a 10-bed dormitory. Later arrivals sought homes in the surrounding area, in Columbus, Franklin, and the small towns nearby. Trailer camps already in existence filled up and new ones were established. Summer camps along White River and its tributaries, that formerly were filled with happy vacationists, were taken over by workers. Some, and especially those with children, sought farm homes for a place to live. Still others brought tents and camped out wherever they could find an available spot.

Public health authorities tried to protect the health of these immigrants by imposing certain standards, but it was necessary to be as lenient as possible with offenders for circumstances sometimes made it impossible for the transients to comply with all the regulations.

The problem of police and fire protection placed an added bur-den on local governments. Although a temporary hospital was set up by the construction companies on the camp grounds for emergency treatment of injured workmen, many victims of construction or traffic accidents reached the Bartholomew County hospital and filled it to capacity.

About 700 cars carrying workmen were entering the camp daily during the busiest period. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce suggested four ways of meeting the demand for increased transportation facilities: use of school buses; the use of passenger cars owned by workers on a share-the-ride and share-expense plan; conversion of passenger cars into buses; and an increase in licensed buses.

Arthur Givens, a Columbus truck operator, received a permit to operate a bus line between Columbus and the camp entrance, thence to Franklin, Shelbyville, Hope, and back to Columbus. Temporary permits were issued for bus lines to Ray I. Allen, operating between Martinsville and Edinburg over Road 252, and Wilson-Kidwell, Inc., of Seymour, operating on Road 31 between Scottsburg and the camp entrance.|

Plans for converting U. S. 31 into a dual highway, from the point where it by-passed Columbus, to Greenwood, were announced by the State Highway Department early in the year, but lack of materials prevented this being done in time to ease the traffic jams created by the construction workers.

The Standard Concession Company of Franklin, headed by V. R. Terrill, established the first eating place for workers at the camp.

It was part frame and part tent, and was designed to feed 600 workers at a time. Box lunches were prepared for those who desired them. All meats had to be supplied from establishments operating under United States inspection or state-approved inspection. Only pasteurized milk could be served and that was subject to frequent inspection by the State Board of Health. Despite these precautionary measures, the flies and the dust created a problem in sanitation. Out-side the camp area, new eating places sprang up along Road 31, and additional restaurants were opened in Columbus, Edinburg, and Franklin.

The payroll of the workers reached a half million dollars weekly during the peak period. The rush in business at the money order windows of the local post offices indicated that a portion of it was sent home, but much was spent in the community for housing, food, clothing, and entertainment. The local stores found their stock of supplies constantly depleted. In the evenings and on rainy days when they could not work, the transient population crowded into the towns seeking diversion. Places of entertainment were few. Taverns did a rushing business.

Early in the spring a dispute arose over the wage rate to be paid carpenters. The rate in Columbus was $1.00, while in Indianapolis it had been raised from $1.30 to $1.42½ in January. The construction companies stated that the contracts had been drawn up and accepted on the $1.30 basis, even though the officers of the carpenters' union had advised the government and the companies of the increase. Some of the companies seemed willing to pay the larger sum; others refused. A walk-off (not a strike) of 271 carpenters occurred April 25, 1942. A petition was circulated and dispatched to the U. S. Department of Labor, asking it to settle the dispute. Lieut. Gen. B. Somervell, Army Supply Chief, decided that the $1.30 rate was the one that should be followed.

The Blair Company, contractors for three fourths of the barracks, turned them out almost like automobiles, only instead of the buildings moving down the assembly line, the workers moved to a new building. Lumber for the framework was cut to length in the lumber yard as soon as it was taken off freight cars. By cutting all the pieces exactly as they were to be used, the framework was almost in a prefabricated stage when the carpenters started pounding the nails. The pre-cut lumber included that for joists, beams, braces, sills, stairs, flooring, chimney frames, etc. After it was cut, it was trucked to the various depots in the area where the buildings were to be built. Crews of workers, each crew doing a particular job, went from building to building, completing their particular work. The barracks were two-story structures, covered with asbestos shingles or wood siding. Some were not painted; others were painted white with cream trim.

On some projects work was on a 24-hour basis. Sand, gravel, and crushed stone for foundations and for roads were obtained from near-by gravel pits and quarries. As much as one hundred tons a day was used at times. Dump truck after dump truck moved in a continuous line into the construction area. An asphalt plant for processing the blacktop laid on top the gravel roads was set up on the ground.

August 1 was the date set for completion of the major construction. It was a race against time, but as the deadline approached the camp began to assume some semblance of order. WPA workers and trucks were called in to assist in the road work. Boys from the CCC camp in Brown County helped greatly in clearing up debris. After the middle of June the number at work in the camp area decreased appreciably. The departure of workers, however, did not lessen the demand for living quarters for by this time Army men were arriving in ever increasing numbers and seeking homes for their families.

On August 15, the date set for reactivation of the Eighty-third Division, the public was invited to see Indiana's largest and newest Army camp. It was a field day for Hoosiers. Despite rain some fifteen thousand poured into the camp. Lieut. Gen. Ben Lear, commanding officer of the Second Army, was present, as was Governor Henry F. Schricker of Indiana. After the colorful and impressive reactivation ceremonies were over, the people roamed over the area, peering into hundreds of buildings to see how the soldiers would live and eat. All types of fighting equipment were on display in the large sports arena. Guns ranged from the 4½ ton howitzers to the smallest of defense weapons. There were walkie-talkie sets, gas masks, Army vehicles of all descriptions, flame throwers, pontoon bridges and boats, gun emplacements, mobile machine shops, and a portable water purification set. There was even a fox hole. It was a rare opportunity for the civilian, and one that was bound to promote closer understanding between the camp and the community. When the time came to leave, the visitors were a tired lot, but they understood better what the Army was trying to do. In the days to come they could appreciate better the life of the soldier and try to help him in his off-duty hours. As the last of the guests departed, and darkness enveloped the countryside, the camp settled down to the serious and grim business of training an Army for war.


Proposed names for the new camp began to come into the news-paper offices soon after its construction was announced. Among the names suggested were: Camp Bartholomew, for Joseph Bartholomew, Indiana pioneer and Indian fighter; Camp MacArthur, for Gen. Douglas MacArthur; Camp Tipton, for John Tipton, original owner of a part of the land on which the town of Columbus was platted, and later a United States Senator; Camp Amity for the town of that name in Johnson County; Camp Snyder, for Col. John Snyder, an officer in the War of 1812 who is buried in Bartholomew County; and Camp Kelley, for Capt. Colin Kelley of the Army Air Corps, who had lost his life in the bombing of a Japanese ship early in the war.

On February 16 came the announcement from Washington that the camp had been given the name of Atterbury in memory of Brig. Gen. William Wallace Atterbury, a Hoosier who had performed distinguished service in World War I. When the people of the neighborhood learned more about Atterbury, they could only approve of the choice.

Born in New Albany on January 31, 1866, Atterbury had begun his career as an apprentice with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He had worked up to the vice-presidency of the railroad company by 1917. When General Pershing called that year for "the ablest railroadman in the United States" to handle the transportation of American soldiers, equipment, and supplies to Europe, Secretary of War Newton D. Baker selected Atterbury and sent him to Europe as director general of transportation with the rank of brigadier general.

Gen. Atterbury's work abroad included the construction and operation of enormous harbor and railroad facilities, and in harmonizing these with the facilities of the Allies. Aided by a staff of picked railroad men selected by himself, he carried out his task with such conspicuous success that it won immediate acclaim. His own country conferred upon him the Distinguished Service Medal, and France, Great Britain, Belgium, Serbia, and Rumania each honored him with high military decorations.

At the close of the war, Atterbury returned to civilian life and to his work with the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1925 he became president of the company and continued in this capacity until shortly before his death on September 20, 1934. Born into a family of moderate circumstances, but one that believed in education, Gen. Atterbury's life typifies the American idea of opportunity that is available to all who are willing to work. It is fitting that Indiana's largest training camp of World War II should be named in his honor.

Combat Divisions

The purpose of building Camp Atterbury was to train soldiers for combat. The divisions which trained at Atterbury during different periods of the war were the 83d Infantry Division; a combat team of the 92d Division; and the 30th and 106th Divisions. In addition there were many auxiliary and service units and a number of small unattached units.

As a result of experimentation after World War I, the composition of the Army's divisions had been changed from "square" to "triangular." Under the old plan a division was built around two brigades of two regiments each, while under the new plan a division was built around three infantry regiments. This triangular arrangement extended down to the division's tiniest unit, the rifle squad.

For example, each regiment consisted of three battalions and sup-porting troops; each battalion of three rifle companies and support; each company of three rifle platoons and support; and each platoon of three rifle squads. A regiment assisted by a battalion of light field artillery formed a combat team. There were four field artillery battalions in each division.

To make a division completely self-sustaining, there were added to it, besides the regimental troops and field artillery, engineer and medical battalions, a cavalry reconnaissance troop, a headquarters company, signal, quartermaster, and ordnance companies, a military police platoon, chaplains, and a band.

In combat, the division usually had attached to it airborne troops, tanks, tank destroyers, anti-aircraft artillery, hospital units, and a number of special detachments.

Early in July, 1942, two hundred men arrived at Camp Atterbury to form a cadre for the new 83d Division, and on July 10, Maj. Gen. John J. Milliken, a Hoosier from Danville, who was to be commanding officer, came from Camp Funston, Kansas. A month later he was transferred to Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and another Hoosier, Brig. Gen. Frank W. Milburn, succeeded him. On July 16, Camp Atterbury welcomed its first large contingent of troops. These soldiers had been in service for some time and were prepared to assist in the training of the new selectees that arrived in August. Fifteen thousand men were at the camp by August 15 when the 83d Division was reactivated. Later, it and its auxiliary forces included about 25,000 men.

The 83d Division was originally organized in 1917 at Fort Sherman, Ohio, and was made up largely of men from Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. After achieving a brilliant record in World War I, it was demobilized. Now the time had come for the writing of another chapter in the division's history.

General Milburn, new commander of the 83d, was born at Jasper, Indiana, and graduated from West Point in 1914. He came to Atterbury from service with the Eighth Motorized Division. He had spent several months during 1941 with the British Army in Egypt, observing methods of desert warfare. It was his aim to make every soldier under his command a leader instead of a follower. He insisted that every man learn to do the individual thinking his job required.
The 83d included the 329th, 330th, and 331st infantry regiments, the 322d, 323d, 324th, and 908th field artillery battalions; the 308th medical battalion, the 308th engineers, and the headquarters, signal, quartermaster, and ordnance companies called for under the plan for divisions mentioned above.

The usual pattern of training was first to give each soldier individual training for the job he was to perform, after which he learned to work as a part of a small unit; then small units learned to work together and so on up the scale until in the final stage all the component parts of a division learned to function as a coordinated whole.

There were 21 firing ranges at Atterbury, located in Bartholomew County, south of the cantonment area. Facilities were available for firing every type of weapon used by the Army Ground Forces. The basic weapons used by the infantry were the .45 caliber pistol, rifle, bayonet, hand grenade, Browning automatic rifle, light machine gun, 60 mm. mortar, heavy machine gun, 81 mm. mortar, and the light carbine.

The entire range area was controlled from the range control office. When a unit commander desired the men in his organization to fire, he sent a written request to the range officer, stating the type of weapon to be fired, the type of targets desired, the preferable dates for firing, and the number of men to participate. The range officer consulted the firing schedule and arranged for the request to be granted, allowing the preferred dates if possible. When the unit arrived at the designated range, all was ready for action.

The first firing was usually done on the rifle range. Then as a soldier advanced in training he learned to use other weapons. The first practice was without ammunition. The longest range was the artillery range, 9 miles in length, with 4 firing points at each end, and shells traveling toward the center of the range. Eventually the soldiers saw action on one of the 5 combat ranges where actual battle conditions were simulated.

An "enemy" town which the soldiers named Tojoburg was built in the range section of the camp. It contained some 30 buildings representing a post office, communications center, hotel, tavern, church, town hall, etc. Most of these were occupied by dummies that made unpredictable appearances. Capture of the village represented a field problem. The soldiers were taught how to approach the town, how to recognize the various types of buildings, and how to over-come the "enemies" that might be lurking there.

In March, 1943, a school for Rangers, the United States counter-part of the British commandos, was set up by the 83d Division. Lieut. Gen. Ben Lear had announced a desire to have every man in the Second Army a Ranger. The main features of this training consisted of running a super-obstacle course (nicknamed the blitz course), hand to hand combat with no holds barred, demolition, snap firing, and personal camouflage. General Lear made his third visit to Atterbury to watch this Ranger school in action.

The heart of the training was the blitz course, 1,000 yards of the toughest obstacles that could be conceived; 10-foot leaps over barbed-wire-filled trenches; 8-foot walls to scale; barbed wire to crawl through; dummy enemy soldiers appearing from nowhere as bayonet targets; and stream crossings on narrow logs over mined waters, all done under simulated shell fire and smoke. The goal of the Rangers' school was to turn out the toughest, hardest fighting men in the world.

Seven Rangers returned in December, 1943, from the battlefields of Africa and Italy to help train the men at Atterbury. They had a trunkful of decorations. It was impossible to get any of these taciturn, battle-hardened soldiers to talk about individual feats, but they took great pride in passing on to every soldier the lessons learned, in order to save countless thousands of lives on battle fronts all over the world.

The middle of June, 1943, found the 83d preparing to leave Atterbury for Second Army maneuvers in Tennessee. As a farewell event, they staged a field day on June 16 to which friends and relatives were invited. There was a full day of athletic events, military demonstrations, a parade, and a dance in the sports arena that night. In September, 1943, the Division moved to Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, and in April, 1944, sailed for England under the command of Maj. Gen. Robert C. Macon. On June 18 they began landing on the Omaha beach of Normandy. They launched their first big offensive on July 4, breaking through the St. Lo-Coutances high-way. Early in August they moved to Avranches and then on to the fortress of St. Maio which they captured on the 17th. The following month they operated in the Loire Valley, covering a 200-mile line from St. Nazaire to Auxerre, capturing 20,000 Germans at one time. Late in September they headed northeast through France and Luxembourg. Early in December they moved into the Hurtgen Forest to relieve the 4th Infantry Division and from there fought their way to the west bank of the Roer near Duren. During the German counteroffensive, the 83d was ordered to Rochefort where they fought in waist-high snow and bitter cold to help turn back the enemy assault. A month later they were assigned to the Ninth Army and crossed the Rhine on March 30 after taking Neuss. Their next objective was the Hamm railyards, where they seized enough abandoned vehicles to completely motorize themselves, and then raced east to the Elbe, capturing 24,000 Germans and liberating 75,000 Allied prisoners on the way.

Following the German surrender and the return of the troops to the United States, the Division was deactivated. The following year, in 1946, it was again activated to serve as a reserve division of Indiana and Ohio units.

Two units of the 92d Division were in training at Atterbury at the same time as the 83d. These were the 365th Infantry Regiment and the 597th Field Artillery Battalion composed of Negro selective service men. These units were formally reactivated at Atterbury on October 15, 1942, as a combat team. On the same day, similar reactivation ceremonies were held at three other camps for other units of the Division.

The 92d had seen action in France during World War I. The cadre for the combat team at Atterbury came from Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Col. Walter A. Elliott was the commanding officer. The Division mascot was a live buffalo.

The above units of the 92d trained at Atterbury until April 26, 1943, when they joined the rest of the Division at Fort Huachuca. They practiced large-scale maneuvers with the Third Army from February to April, 1944. The Division sailed for North Africa in June, 1944, but their ultimate destination was Italy where they were assigned to the Fifth Army front in the Italian Apennines. Their first large-scale attack as a division was made in February, 1945, when they were given the mission of seizing Mount Cassala, a peak dominating the western coast ports. After succeeding in this mission they worked up the Ligurian coast and seized La Spezia and Genoa, and then continued northward to take Alessandria and Turin.

The 30th Infantry Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Leland S. Hobbs, arrived at Camp Atterbury on November 13, 1943, from large-scale field maneuvers in Tennessee. This division was originally created in July, 1917, during World War I. It was composed of National Guard troops from Tennessee, North and South Carolina, augmented by selective service troops from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and was known as the "Old Hickory" Division in honor of Andrew Jackson. It was disbanded after World War I, but was reactivated in 1925 as a National Guard division. It was called to full-time duty in 1940, one of the first four guard units to be called.

At the time of its training at Atterbury, it was composed of the 117th, 119th, and 120th infantry regiments; the 113th, 118th, 197th, and 230th Field Artillery battalions, the 730th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company, the 105th Medical Battalion, and the 105th Engineer Battalion, signal and quartermaster companies, reconnaissance troops, and a division headquarters and headquarters company. The 743d and 823d tank destroyer battalions and the 531st anti-aircraft artillery battalion were attached to it. Their brief stay of ten weeks at Atterbury was spent in preparation for movement overseas. On January 30, 1944, they left for Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts, and sailed on February 12 for England. On June 15 they joined the fighting in Normandy. After heavy fighting in France they crossed the Seine in September and became the first

American division to enter Belgium and Holland. On October 2 they attacked the Siegfried Line and broke through at Palemberg and Rimburg. They advanced on into Germany and were near Magdeburg on the Elbe when Germany surrendered.

The next division to train at Atterbury was the 106th Infantry Division which arrived the last of March, 1944, from Second Army maneuvers in Tennessee. It was a comparatively new organization having been activated at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on May 15, 1943. It was composed largely of younger men from Indiana, Illinois, and South Carolina. Maj. Gen. Alan W. Jones was the commanding officer. The division included the 422d, 423d, and 424th infantry regiments, the 589th, 590th, 591st, and 592d field artillery regiments, the 806th ordnance company, and other auxiliary units. Students in the Army Specialized Training Program, who had been enrolled in colleges, were assigned to the 106th after the curtailment of the program.

The Division remained at Atterbury until the middle of October, 1944, and then was sent overseas. Being without combat experience, the troops were assigned what was supposed to be a relatively quiet sector in the Ardennes. About a week later, on December 16, came the German counteroffensive, the heaviest blow of which was directed along the line where the 422d and 423d regiments of the 106th were stationed. Though vastly outnumbered, they held out for two and a half days; then being shut off from other troops and without food, water, or ammunition, they radioed, `We now are destroying our equipment." 'When the casualties were counted, it was found that 400 were killed and 1,200 wounded; some 7,000 were taken prisoners. Those that escaped moved to the rear for reorganization and then returned to the front at once to help finish the Battle of the Bulge. After V-E Day the 106th was given the job of guarding thousands of German prisoners of war.

Service Forces

In the reorganization of the War Department in March, 1942, the Army was divided into three parts for training purposes: the Army Ground Forces, Air Forces, and Service Forces. The first two were trained as combat units. The Service Forces were trained to maintain, equip, transport, and care for the other two forces, both in training and in battle. The technical, judicial, quartermaster, ordnance, engineering, signal, medical, chaplains' corps and military police organizations were part of the Service Forces. They operated the telegraph, telephone, radio, and electronic devices; they kept the Army's records, paid its bills, and paid each individual soldier and his dependents. They maintained the Army's health and took care of the sick and wounded. They were responsible for the morale of the troops, and in this connection operated theaters and other recreational facilities. They were also responsible for administering military justice, handling prisoners of war, maintaining law and order. In addition to performing their particular service job, these men had to be first-class fighting men, ready to take their place by the side of the regular infantryman in battle.

Medical units that trained at Atterbury included general station, evacuation, and portable surgical hospitals, ambulance companies, and supply depots. Ordnance units ranged from light to heavy maintenance groups, while military police included combat, escort, guard, and aviation guard organizations. The members of the medical units used the facilities of the post hospital and later of the Wake-man hospital in their training and also practiced in the field. They had to learn to move their equipment at a moment's notice and set it up in another area. Some were organized to give emergency treatment, others prepared to operate farther back of the lines.

Men in the ordnance units learned to service all types of motor vehicles in the regular machine shops; then they were taken on field trips where they learned to work under simulated battle conditions, repairing vehicles in the open from portable machine shops and with a minimum of equipment. They learned to camouflage their bivouac area and to defend themselves in case of attack. They also took care of the guns. The quartermaster bakery battalion learned to bake bread in the open regardless of the weather. Their toughest test was baking under blackout conditions.

In addition to the service troops attached to the divisions, a number of the men belonged to units of the Eighth Detachment, Special Troops, Second Army. This included the 338th Engineers, the 457th Engineer Depot Company, the 249th Quartermaster Service Battalion; the 329th Quartermaster Depot Company; Company C of the 100th Bakery Battalion; the 30th, 31st, and 42d Signal Construction Battalions, the 301st Signal Operations Battalion, several ordnance companies (the 122d, 349th, 377th, 895th, Co. C of the 95th Battalion, the 3532d) and the 210th Ordnance Battalion, the 35th, 39th, and 44th evacuation hospital units. Their job was to prepare the way for invasion troops and their training was directed toward that end. Units of the detachment were in training at Atterbury during different periods from September, 1942, to June, 1944. They were commanded by Col. Richard C. Stickney.

Then there were other service units that performed jobs necessary to the operation of the camp. These included the Women's Army Corps, the men in charge of the prisoners of war, and those who worked in the hospital and in such departments as quartermaster, transportation, ordnance, and finance. After the personnel center was set up at Atterbury in 1944, it was staffed by service units. The work of some of these units is brought out more particularly in other chapters. One that might be mentioned here is the 1584th that had charge of the special training classes.

An average of one person out of every twelve inducted in the Fifth Corps Area was found to be deficient in his education to the point that he could not keep up with his fellow soldiers. To take care of these men a special training unit, the 1584th, was activated at Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1941. It was moved to Fort Harrison in June, 1943, and to Atterbury in November of that year. It was re-designated the 1560th SCU Special Training unit on February 1, 1945.

Both educational and military fundamentals were taught the men assigned to this unit. The former consisted largely of the 3 R's and was intended to give the average trainee the equivalent of a fourth-grade education. The latter included the organization of the Army, military discipline and courtesy, articles of war, sanitation, first aid, guard duty, the safeguarding of military information, and many other subjects that would enable the trainees to become better soldiers. They practiced infantry drilling and rifle marksmanship. On off-duty hours the men participated in sports, and put on talent shows; they organized a "mountain music" orchestra which played for square dances.

A number of the academic instructors were civilians. Much of the instruction was individual inasmuch as the background and capabilities of the students differed. The majority of the trainees were ready to leave the unit in six or eight weeks. As soon as a trainee was considered to be competent to proceed with the regular military training, he was sent back to the reception center for regular assignment to a training camp.

Another service unit, the 1562d, operated the Camp Atterbury school for bakers and cooks.

The Women's Army Corps

President Roosevelt signed on May 15, 1942, the act creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. Recruiting began almost immediately and training centers were established. It was not quite a year after organization of the Corps that the first contingent of WAACs, 130 members of the 44th Headquarters Company, de-trained at Camp Atterbury, on March 6, 1943. They came from the training center at Daytona Beach, Florida. The company consisted of a clerical platoon, a service club platoon, and units of theater ushers, motor transport drivers, cooks, bakers, and basics. Heading the company as commander was Second Officer Helen C. Grote, of Neola, Iowa, who had been a law secretary at Salt Lake City before her induction and training at the Officers' Candidate School at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

Five buildings were ready for the WAACs, including a combination administration, officers' quarters, and recreation building, a mess hall, and three barracks. These buildings, constructed after the original portion of the camp, were located in a separate block at the rear of the post headquarters buildings. They were like those used by the men except there was a beauty parlor in the administration building and a special laundry room in each of the barracks buildings.

This headquarters company filled various jobs ranging from chauffeurs and typists to theater managers and librarians. They were assigned to such offices and branches as special service, motor pool, quartermaster, post locator, military personnel, and adjutant. Their service released many men for combat duty.

A detachment of 141 Negro members of the WAAC were the next to arrive, coming on May 22, 1943. This group was activated as the medical section of the 3561st Service Unit and was commanded by Second Officer Sarah E. Murphy, of Atlanta, Georgia, a former newspaper reporter and schoolteacher. This unit worked in the post hospital as ward attendants, ambulance drivers, dental assistants, medical technicians, cooks, clerks, typists, and stenographers. On June 21, the 44th Post Headquarters Company became the Headquarters Section of the 3561st Service Unit.

Legislation changing the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps from an auxiliary unit into a unit of the Regular Army was signed by President Roosevelt on July 2, 1943. In a colorful ceremony held on August 10, the two companies of Atterbury WAACs were officially sworn into the Army as members of the Women's Army Corps.

The WACs played a major role in the care of the wounded re-turned from overseas. When the soldier left his hospital ship, his ambulance driver was a WAC; as he entered the hospital the GI found trained Women's Army Corps technicians working in surgical wards, operating rooms, dental clinics, medical laboratories, and X-ray room, assisting over-worked doctors and nurses.

The mounting casualty lists that came with the invasion of France increased the need for more trained technicians. In July, 1944, it was decided to move the WAC Medical Department Enlisted Technicians' School from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the Wakeman General Hospital at Atterbury. Fifty buildings in Block 7 were assigned to the school. Students and instructors from the Arkansas school arrived on August 4; there were 22 enlisted women, 9 officers, and 93 students. Classes were resumed on August 10.

The school was organized into five sections: dental, medical, surgical, laboratory, and X-ray. In order to be accepted for training, WAC members had to be high-school graduates, and it was better if they had had previous training or experience as nurses' aides. They had six weeks of basic training before entering the technicians' school. The shortest course was the dental section which could be covered in twelve weeks. Four months were required to complete the medical and surgical sections. After December 8, 1944, students in these two sections received only the first two months of training at Atterbury and were sent elsewhere for the remaining two months. Graduations and departures occurred each month and were followed by the arrival of new students. With the closing of a similar school at Billings hospital, Fort Benjamin Harrison, in February, 1945, instructors and equipment were transferred to the Atterbury school.

In March, 1945, 408 new students were enrolled; this was 148 over the regular quota. In April the number of new students was 457, and the total enrollment reached 726. Additional classrooms and teaching personnel were badly needed. Four months later, in August, came the announcement that no more new WAC students would be received, and that when those in attendance had completed their course the school would be converted into a training school for men.

During the period of a little over a year that the school was conducted, some 3,800 WACs received training in one of the five courses. Some of these remained at the Wakeman hospital; the rest went to other Army hospitals scattered over the country. With 30,000 casualties a month being returned to hospitals in the United States, these women were able to make a great contribution toward caring for the sick and wounded.

On May 14, 1945, the WACs at Camp Atterbury celebrated the third birthday of their corps. Of the 130 members of that first contingent that arrived at the camp, 20 were still there. From the ranks of all those stationed at Atterbury, 47 had gone overseas. Some returned after serving as much as eighteen months overseas on many different battle fronts. Many had been decorated. Great praise goes to these loyal women who sacrificed much and performed a wonderful service.


The administration of a camp the size of Atterbury was equivalent to managing a city the size of Anderson. The office of post commander was analogous to that of mayor. Functioning under the commander were the heads of various divisions, similar to a mayor's administrative assistants. The administrative personnel remained fairly permanent during the war period. They were responsible for the smooth running of the camp. Combat divisions and units moved in and out at frequent intervals, with the administrative personnel preparing for their arrival and taking care of their needs while there.

One can get some idea of the administrative set-up of the camp from the following chart which appeared in the Camp Crier, March 31, 1944:

Post Commander—Col. Welton M. Modisette

    executive officer
    assistant executive officer
        post inspector control officer
        public relations officer

Staff Divisions

Post adjutant
    assistant adjutant
    billeting officer
    postal officer

Post judge advocate
    legal assistance and claims officer

Personnel division
    military personnel
    civilian personnel
    post chaplain

personal affairs branch morale service branch
special service branch (service clubs, theaters, athletics) post exchange
Supply and service division purchasing and contracting storage and maintenance
Internal security and intelligence assistant director
intelligence officer
prison officer
Military training division range officer
range supply officer
Fiscal division
post fiscal officer
Technical Services
Post surgeon
commanding officer, station hospital
chief of dispensaries veterinarian
chief nurse
sanitary officer
medical supply
Post engineer
executive and maintenance officer
administrative and property officer
operations officer and assistant fire marshal
senior engineer
Post quartermaster executive officer
post food supervisor property officer
motor transportation officer
salvage officer
laundry officer
commissary sales officer warehouse officer
bakery officer
clothing sales officer
classification officer
Post signal officer
Post transportation officer Post ordnance officer
Post chemical warfare officer Engineer property officer

The post adjutant disseminated all War Department regulations and those issued by the Fifth Service Command, and issued orders relating to military personnel such as assignments, transfers, pro-motions; the billeting officer allocated and provided space for housing; the postal officer distributed mail through the message center and inter-office communication system.

The judge advocate handled all legal matters pertaining to the camp and reviewed claims and court-martial cases before submitting them to the commanding officer; the legal assistance and claims officer helped soldiers in the preparation of legal papers. The supply and service division had charge of purchasing food, clothing, equipment, and ammunition for the soldiers and of storing it so it would be available when needed.

The internal security and intelligence division was responsible for the security of the camp; it coordinated Army regulations with those of civilian authorities in near-by towns, apprehended AWOLs and issued passes for civilians and visitors. The military police handled traffic at the post and furnished details of military police in surrounding cities and towns; they furnished guards and sentries for post installations and took care of the feeding and quartering of war dogs. The prison officer kept records pertaining to the prisoner of war camp and handled details connected with the employment of the prisoners by civilians.

Under the military division the range and range supply officer made schedules for the use of the firing ranges and supplied the ammunition and targets desired. The fiscal officer supervised all financial matters pertaining to the post and provided for the payment of personnel.

The work of the technical services is more or less self-explanatory. When the Atterbury Station Hospital became a General Hospital Center, the administration of all affairs connected with it became the responsibility of the hospital's commanding officer and was no longer under the jurisdiction of Colonel Modisette.

Col. Welton M. Modisette was appointed Atterbury's first commanding officer. He arrived on the scene late in May, 1942, just as construction was getting well under way. He continued in command during the time that the camp was a training center. In June, 1945, he was succeeded by Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Bixby who remained in charge during the time the reception station and the separation center were at their peak. In June, 1946, as the time approached for the closing of these installations, General Bixby was succeeded by Col. Herbert H. Glidden. He remained two months and was followed by Col. John L. Gammell who, in turn, was followed by Col. Carter A. McLennon in September, 1946. Col. McLennon super-intended the final closing of the camp at the end of the year.


On May 19, 1943, Col. Welton M. Modisette, post commander, announced that Italian prisoners of war at the internment camp at Atterbury were available for agricultural labor in the five counties within a 25-mile radius of the camp. Requests were to be made for their labor through the county agricultural agents to the internment camp commander, Lieut. Col. John L. Gammell. This announcement was the first published reference about the internment camp, al-though its presence was known earlier to some.

Many farmers availed themselves of this opportunity to get much-needed help. The provision for use of prisoners only within a 25-mile radius was lifted to permit their use on farms as far distant as Decatur County. The farmer hiring prisoner labor had to provide transportation, equipment and tools, toilet facilities, and safe drinking water. As a rule not less than ten men were to be sent out on any one job. Contracts stipulated the type and amount of work to be done, the location of the farm, number of working hours, and amount of pay. Work of a dangerous nature was prohibited, and prisoners were not to be employed except in cases where the demand could not be filled by civilian labor. The working day was limited to ten hours, including travel time to and from work. A guard accompanied each group of prisoners to and from the camp and stayed with them while they worked. Payment for the labor was made directly to the United States Government at the prevailing wage rate of the vicinity after the cost of transportation and food furnished the prisoners was deducted.

Each prisoner received from the government a flat allowance of ten cents a day and an extra eighty cents for each full day's work outside the stockade. He could receive up to $13 a month of this money in coupons exchangeable at the canteens, but any amount earned over this sum was kept in trust for him until such time as he should be repatriated.

On June 4, 1943, Army headquarters in Washington announced that Camp Atterbury's prisoner of war camp would be one of the permanent internment centers. Newspaper men were taken on a tour of the camp on June 5. They found it located in a secluded valley at the west edge of Camp Atterbury, well away from the training area. It was enclosed within a double barbed wire fence, with guard towers covering a narrow alley between the fences. The stockade was divided into three compounds, each containing hut shelters, mess halls, toilet facilities, and other installations sufficient to accommodate 3,000 prisoners.

The prison camp at this time required the services of approximately 500 Army officers and enlisted men, who were housed outside the stockade in near-by barracks. The guard and administrative detachment was made up of 3 military police escort companies, 21 additional officers, and 3 attached officers. The guard companies rotated; while one was on actual camp guard manning the towers and gates, another company was on the alert, and the third was engaged in tactical and other training exercises or in supervising work details.

The unit in charge of the internment camp was the 1537th Service Unit. It had been activated on December 15, 1942, with 50 enlisted men; during the following six weeks these men received specialized training for their job. Then on February 10 they moved to the internment area and spent the next two months in converting it into a prison camp and making all the necessary preparations for the arrival of the prisoners. There was no complete standard operating procedure for prisoner of war camps at this time; as a result, regulations, forms, and records had to be initiated and a fiscal system set up.
Two MP Guard companies arrived from Fort Custer, Michigan, on April 18 to take over the guard duties. On April 30 the first contingent of 767 prisoners arrived; the following day 400 more were checked in. By September the number reached 3,000.

The camp was organized as a regiment of three battalions of five companies each. Each battalion was composed of one escort guard company of American soldiers and four companies of prisoners. The prisoners had one regimental, three battalion, and twelve company leaders appointed from their own ranks by the camp commander. The prisoners were given a basic course which included common English words, recognition of the American national an-them, bugle calls, Army insignia, various commands, etc. The prisoners received the same rations as the American soldiers except that at their own request the Italians received extra flour in lieu of meat. This was in line with their normal diet. They baked their own bread, made spaghetti, and prepared their own meals. They were permitted and expected to organize and administer their own affairs as much as possible. There were no commissioned officers among the Italian prisoners.

The sick and wounded among the prisoners were moved immediately to the post hospital. Dispensaries within the stockade took care of temporary illnesses. Many could not understand how they got to Indiana, believing that it was a part of India. Others expressed wonder that New York City could have been rebuilt so quickly. They had understood that it had been destroyed by bombs. Almost all of them were Catholics. Maurice F. Imhoof, an American Catholic priest, who had studied in Rome and spoke Italian fluently, was chaplain for the internment camp. The prisoners showed their artistic ability by erecting in their spare time a beautiful outdoor altar of brick and stone.

The reporters were impressed most by the cheerfulness of the Italians and the excellent condition of the camp. The newcomers, dumped suddenly into an unknown land, thousands of miles from home, constantly grinned, talked and joked, played a queer game with their fingers called "La Mora," and sang in lusty voices as they marched to and from work assignments. They had day rooms with radios, phonographs, games, and approved newspapers and magazines in Italian; there was also a recreation area, with equipment for volley ball, soccer, and other games. Most of these "extras" were purchased with the profits realized from the operation of the can-teens in the stockade. This money was also used to buy musical instruments for the prisoners. On Sunday morning the prisoners were permitted to see movies at the Camp Atterbury theaters.

Lawnmowers were one of the many American novelties to the Italians. They asked to be allowed to cut grass so that they could operate the mowers. They also worked in the post garden, the laundry, and at other tasks around the grounds. Each prisoner was required to send a card home telling of his safe arrival at the internment camp; after that he could send one card and two letters each week. Both incoming and outgoing mail was censored. Prisoners were permitted to have visitors twice a month. These visits were under the supervision of military personnel and were limited to two hours.

Meanwhile the war had not been going so well for the homeland of the prisoners. On September 8 the Italian Government surrendered to the Allies, but the war was continued in Italy by the Germans. In January, 1944, the first of the Italian prisoners at Camp Atterbury were transferred to other camps prior to their return to their homeland. A few of them joined newly formed volunteer non-combat units in the United States Army. Their removal from Atterbury was completed by May 4. It was during this period, in February, that the first and only death of an Italian prisoner occurred.

The Italian prisoners were replaced by German prisoners, the first ones arriving on May 8, four days after the departure of the last group of Italians. There were 2,940 Germans in the internment camp by June 30 and 5,700 on September 19. This was far beyond the original capacity of the camp. In the following months some of these were transferred to other camps and new groups were received at Atterbury. The maximum was reached on October 15 when there were 8,898 prisoners; 3,700 of these were in branch camps established at points throughout the state, the remainder were at Atterbury. Army troops in charge of the prisoners on this date numbered 746 enlisted men and 33 officers.
There was quite a difference between the German prisoners and the Italians.

The Germans, particularly the thorough Nazis, were still definitely enemies, although deprived of the power to do any-thing about it, while most of the Italians had been lukewarm enemies before they were captured, and enemies not at all as soon as they were taken. The German prisoners were still essentially hostile, although so well disciplined and well handled that they constituted no particular threat. Like the Italians, they were hired out as agricultural laborers and as workers in the canning factories. Earnings of these German prisoners in the month of October, 1944, reached $135,000. On some days there were as many as 750 different work details. The average daily wage paid for a prisoner of war to the government was $4.00, the labor being classified as unskilled on the majority of projects. During the height of the canning season, branch camps were established at Austin, Windfall, Vincennes, Eaton, and Morristown so that workers would be available in those areas. These camps continued to be maintained during the winter months in order to take care of the large number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of the Atterbury prison camp. In addition to the sums earned at outside labor, the prisoners harvested crops valued at $15,000 from the area cultivated at Camp Atterbury.
The administration of the internment camp was governed by Army regulations and in addition had to meet the exacting rules set forth in the treaty drawn up at Geneva in 1929 governing treatment of prisoners of war. The United States, Germany, and Italy ratified this treaty but Japan did not. The camp was visited by representatives of the International Red Cross, the YMCA, representatives of neutral powers, members of the State Department, the provost marshal general's office, the House military affairs committee, and by two personal representatives of the President of the United States. All of these, according to the Camp Crier, acclaimed the ramp as one of the best prisoner of war installations in the country.

It was over a year after Germany surrendered before all the German prisoners were removed from Atterbury. On July 10, 1946, it was announced that the internment camp had been formally inactivated on June 27 and the last of the prisoners sent back to their homeland or to other camps. The last to be dispatched were five patients in the Wakeman hospital who were sent to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, on June 28, 1946.

In all, some 15,000 enemy soldiers had been received at the Atterbury internment camp during the three years and two months of its existence. During this period there were no escapes, no strikes, no labor troubles, no murders; there were only six deaths. Col. John L. Gammell remained as commanding officer during the entire period. In addition to its regular functions, the camp conducted an intellectual diversion program which included over 35 courses of academic instruction, emphasis being placed on principles of democracy. The prisoners prepared and printed a textbook on democracy. In addition, a number of the prisoners took extension courses from American colleges.

Plans for dismantling the internment area and selling part of the facilities, including buildings, fencing, and lighting fixtures, were announced in August by the Louisville office of the U.S. Engineers. Everything that could not be used at other Army installations was to be sold to the highest bidder. Thus was ended another chapter in the history of Camp Atterbury. The internment camp was operated in a way that brought credit to the Army officials in charge. The prisoners, by their work on near-by farms and in canning factories, were credited by the farmers as being a big aid in helping to meet boosted wartime food goals.


The original plans for Camp Atterbury called for the erection of a 1,700-bed hospital to care for the Army personnel in training there and at the same time to serve as a training center for medical units. The story of its development and ultimate conversion into a 6,000-bed convalescent center for wounded soldiers is one of the most interesting episodes in Indiana's war history.

Spreading over some 75 acres of ground, the hospital center first contained 43 two-story buildings, 31 of which were connected by corridors, the longest corridor being one third of a mile long. The buildings were of cement block construction. Buildings designed for patients were divided into four wards with a number of private rooms for those needing special attention. There was a patients' mess hall, a post exchange, a large auditorium and recreation center, clinics, and quarters for the officers and enlisted men of the medical units and for the nurses.

Lieut. Charles Lonero, in charge of the Medical Supply Department, was the first medical officer to reach the camp, arriving on June 18, 1942. By the end of June a temporary dispensary, under the direction of Maj. Carlos Fish, was established in a building near Schoolhouse Road and Division Street. Col. Charles S. Hendricks, post surgeon, arrived the middle of July. The first medical basic training school was organized July 27, 1942, with approximately 200 soldiers. A dental department was set up by Col. Guy A. Carr by August 1. Early in that month came news of an expansion program to include buildings for the training of field hospital units.

Medical units which reported at Atterbury for training included evacuation hospital units, a portable surgical hospital unit, field, general, and station hospital units, and medical sanitary companies. The men were trained not only in the performance of their various duties, but in how to perform them on the battlefield or back of the lines. For example, the men in the field hospital units learned to set up their tents and go into action quickly in all kinds of weather; they had to be able to move, too, on short notice, and know how to protect themselves in case of a surprise attack. Some of the men acted the part of casualties and were carried from the field and given emergency treatment. When reports from the battle front showed the need for light, mobile hospital units capable of changing locations swiftly, the 72d and 73d General Hospital units were re-organized in June, 1943, into the 228th and 231st station hospitals.

With the exception of emergency cases, the men stationed at the camp reached the hospital through the dispensaries scattered over the camp area. Whenever a man's condition showed the need of hospitalization, the medical officer at the dispensary arranged for his admittance. The equipment of the hospital was the very best and the men received excellent medical treatment. The Red Cross arranged recreation features for the patients, including movies, games, handicrafts, and entertainers from outside the camp. Various methods were devised to keep the men in touch with their units while undergoing treatment.

As the hospital approached the end of its second year as a station hospital, most of the units that had used it for a training center had moved on for further training or to the battle front. The War Department was looking ahead to the invasion of Europe and to the care of the casualties that were bound to come. With air transportation, wounded men could be flown back to the United States after preliminary treatment overseas. The announcement was made on March 31, 1944, that the Atterbury hospital was to become a general hospital for treatment of men injured in battle. It was to specialize in cases requiring neuro (brains and nerves), plastic (rebuilding parts of the body), and orthopedic (bones and joints) surgery and therapeutic treatment. The change took place officially on April 5 and with it came the activation of the 3547th Service Unit to re-place the WAC and medical sections of the 1560th Service Unit. In addition to providing beds for 2,000 patients, the hospital was to have a reconditioning center capable of caring for 3,000 soldiers in the convalescent stage. The principal course of treatment for these was to be occupational therapy and physical and mental re-conditioning. Col. Haskett L. Conner, a Hoosier from New Albany, was made commanding officer of the General Hospital.

The change in status brought the need for a new name, and on May 8 Colonel Conner announced that the name of Wakeman General Hospital had been chosen in honor of the late Col. Frank B. Wakeman. A native of New York, Colonel Wakeman enrolled at Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1913, received a pharmacy degree two years later, and then stayed on to complete the work for a pharmaceutical chemist's certificate and the B. S. degree. With the entrance of the United States into the European War in 1917, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Medical Corps and served two years. Upon receiving his discharge, he became professor of chemistry in the Oklahoma School of Mines, and later entered the medical school at Indiana University where he received the M.D. degree in 1926. Following his graduation, he returned to active duty with the Army and rejoined the Medical Corps in 1928, with the rank of captain. At the time of his death in March, 1944, Colonel Wakeman was serving as chief of the Training Division, Office of the Surgeon General, Washington, D. C.

Following the announcement of the change in the hospital's status, preparations were made to care for the battle casualties. Specialists in the fields of neuro, plastic, and orthopedic surgery were added to the staff. Equipment was ordered, and a records system installed. In July a technicians' school for WACs was transferred to Wakeman from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to train girls as medical, surgical, X-ray, laboratory, and dental technicians. Assisting in the hospital was a part of their regular work. The length of the course was from three to four months. During the first six months, some 1,300 were trained for hospital work. Some of these stayed on at Wakeman while others were sent to other Army hospitals throughout the country. (6)

The first casualties from the European invasion arrived on August 18, 1944. From that day on they came in a continuous stream by plane and train. The giant C-47 transport planes landed at the Atterbury Air Field, 12 miles distant; specially trained litter bearers removed the injured from the planes and placed them in ambulances for the ride to the hospital. In less than an hour after their arrival at the airfield they were resting in their wards. Those who came by special medical department hospital trains were whisked to the hospital in about fifteen minutes, with the first man entering the hospital before the last man was taken from the train.

6 See ante, 31-32.

Wakeman General Hospital

Colonel Wakeman

Some of the men were flown directly from France, but most of them came from England. Their first stop in the United States was at the Regional Station Hospital, Mitchel Field, New York. The trip from there to Wakeman could be made in four and one half hours by plane. Some patients were transferred to Wakeman from other Army hospitals and some veterans of the Pacific area were also sent here for treatment.

On August 24, 1944, bids were opened for the construction of additional facilities. The expansion program was expected to cost about $400,000. Work was started soon thereafter on three new buildings; some barracks buildings were converted into hospital buildings to be used for clinics and wards. Air conditioning was in-stalled in the operating and X-ray rooms, and a ventilation system was installed in all the wards that could change the air in one minute. A chapel was moved from another part of the camp and attached by corridors to the main wings of the hospital to provide patients easy access to religious services.

Wakeman was one of the best equipped among the forty-three specialized general hospitals in the United States, and the largest in the Fifth Service Command. It had one of the best qualified staffs in the service. Maj. Truman G. Blocker was in charge of the plastic surgery. There were five wards in this department. At one time there were 350 plastic surgery patients, each of whom underwent an average of four operations; some will need treatment for as long as ten years. Plastic surgery served as a great morale builder among the wounded. Wakeman was also a specialized hospital for eye cases. Plastic eyes were used—the finest in the world. Capt. Gerhard Thrun was in charge of this department. Wakeman was one of twelve hospitals in the United States handling these cases, and the only one in the Fifth Service Command.

An advanced reconditioning section for the benefit of patients experiencing a prolonged convalescence was established in barracks, in the Clark Street cantonment area, about two miles from Wake-man Hospital. Here the men were clothed in uniforms and lived in barracks the same as duty soldiers. This unit was commanded by Lieut. Col. Ray M. Conner, and was staffed by officers and en-listed men who had had extensive experience in physical education.

They were specially trained for their duties at Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia, and at the physical reconditioning school at Camp Grant, Illinois. The men participated in calisthenics, remedial exercises, athletics, and games. The purpose of this pro-gram was to hasten the soldiers' recovery and thus reduce the number of days they must spend in the hospital before returning to duty. There was a dispensary in this area giving twenty-four hour service to patients requiring prompt medical attention.

For the most part these convalescent patients looked after their own needs the same as any other military unit; this included policing their own barracks and operating their own mess halls.

The education and orientation phase of the reconditioning service included instruction along various lines, discussion and explanation of current news, and instruction in military subjects. For volunteer study, Armed Forces Institute Courses were available to patients both in the hospital and in the barracks. Classes were established for those interested in commercial subjects. Carpentry, automotive repair, and radio mechanics shops were set up for patients in the advanced groups, while those in the hospital worked at various handicrafts.
About forty American Red Cross volunteer nurses' aides gave their time at Wakeman Hospital. They lived in nurses' quarters, ate in the nurses' mess, and worked in the wards in day and night shifts without compensation. They came from Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, and included business women, housewives, schoolteachers, and women from all walks of life, who gave up vacation or spare time to be of service in the war effort.

About eighty "Gray Ladies" from Bartholomew and Johnson counties also assisted at Wakeman Hospital. Colonel Conner and others gave lectures to acquaint them with the hospital ethics, medical conditions, and ward requirements. Their official name was Volunteer Special Services Hospital and Recreation Corps. They were popular with the patients. They gave information and acted as guides for visitors; distributed books, magazines, cigarettes, and games; wrote letters and did errands such as sending telegrams, mailing packages, and shopping for gifts; and, in general, added the woman's touch of home to the hospital. Chairman of the Wakeman Corps of "Gray Ladies" was Mrs. Kenneth Andrews, of Franklin, with Mrs. A. T. Carpenter, of Columbus, as subchairman.

Patients who were able to travel were frequently the guests of organizations and individuals in the neighboring communities. Flowers and potted plants for the hospital were supplied continuously by various organizations.

The Red Cross provided entertainment for the patients. Nationally known entertainers appeared with USO shows; there were local talent shows, too, and movies twice a week. The hospital had its own radio station, WAKE, which put on programs for the benefit of the patients. Parties were held frequently with Liberty Belles and Cadettes from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and other places as guests. These special events were in addition to the games, con-tests, and handicrafts that were daily events. Portable telephones could be connected at the bedside of any patient for his convenience in making or receiving calls. Persons who came from a distance to visit patients could stay in the guest houses at the camp for a very small charge. Everything possible was done for the comfort of the patients in addition to giving them the best of medical treatment.

As more and more casualties were returned to the United States, it was necessary to increase still further the facilities at Atterbury as well as at other hospitals. A contract for further remodeling was made with the Whittenberg Corporation of Louisville for $141,911 on October 4, 1944. By January, 1945, the number of patients in the convalescent and reconditioning service had reached 6,000 and still they kept coming. To care for them, the medical detachment, serving all branches of the hospital and reconditioning service, had been increased to 1,600, three times its original size. In addition, some 700 civilians were employed at the hospital. Further construction of new buildings and conversion of old ones was announced in the spring. On April 20, 1945, the hospital was redesignated the Wakeman Hospital Center to be made up of the two units, the Wakeman General Hospital and the Wakeman Convalescent Hospital Colonel Conner remained as commanding officer of the Hospital Center with Col. Harry F. Becker heading the General Hospital and Col. Charles T. Young the Convalescent Hospital. The new setup was expected to bring about a greater efficiency of operation and administration. A month later, Colonel Conner exchanged positions with Col. Frank L. Cole, commanding officer of the Wood-row Wilson General Hospital at Staunton, Virginia. Colonel Cole was succeeded in turn by Col. Paul W. Crawford in January, 1946.

The close of the war in Europe in May, 1945, did not bring any immediate decrease in the number of patients and the hospital continued to be crowded to its capacity of 10,000 until after the end of the war with Japan. Reconstruction work that was still going on was halted after V-J Day. The convalescent branch was the first to feel the return to peace. By the end of 1945 it was down to 360 patients and lost its status as a separate unit. The Hospital Center reverted to its former status as the Wakeman General Hospital.

In 1946 as more and more of the medical detachment became eligible for discharge from the service, the biggest problem the hospital had to face was keeping a sufficient staff to care for the patients. To help this situation, a basic training course was established in April for two companies of 217 selectees to train them for hospital service to replace those being discharged.

The General Hospital remained open until the close of 1946. In August there were still 2,000 patients, many of them very serious cases requiring the utmost care. During the summer, when Colonel Blocker, plastic surgeon, returned to civilian life and his home in Texas, his patients were transferred to the Percy Jones Hospital at Battle Creek, Michigan. Special arrangements were worked out, however, for him to visit his former patients at regular intervals and check on their progress.

As the time approached for the closing of the hospital, various suggestions were made for its future use. The State of Indiana, through Governor Gates, asked for its release to the State for use as a mental hospital; the Veterans' Administration explored the possibilities for its use as a tuberculosis hospital, or, if the buildings themselves could not be used, the transfer of the equipment to other veterans' hospitals. The War Department, however, was reluctant to give up control of it and at the end of the year announced that it would be retained as a station hospital in connection with the training of National Guard units at the camp.

By the end of October, the number of patients was less than 2,000 and the Medical Detachment Enlisted Technicians' School was in the process of moving to Fort San Antonio, Texas. Before another month had passed, the task of transferring the patients to other hospitals was well under way. Proximity to the patient's home and the type of treatment needed were the two factors considered in choosing where each should be sent. Between five and six hundred patients who could be discharged or returned to active service by the close of the year remained until the end.

The hospital could look back with pride on its record. Since its designation as a General Hospital on March 31, 1944, Wakeman had cared for some 85,000 patients. Through surgery and psycho-therapy the staff had labored to wipe out the effects of war. An editorial in the Indianapolis Star of November 7, 1945, paid this fitting tribute to the hospital. It "has earned a national reputation for its amazing achievements in plastic surgery. One of the most heartening accomplishments of medical science has been successful bone and skin grafting. Men barely surviving terrible injuries are being restored to economic usefulness with little evidence of their experience. Whatever Wakeman's ultimate fate may be, it will always remain a monument to medical skill in the hearts of many soldiers and their families."


A newspaper is indispensable to any large military establishment. It was not long after the official opening of Camp Atterbury, that the Public Relations Office began to explore the possibilities for a newspaper at the new camp. Arrangements were made with the publishers of the Franklin Star, in the near-by town of Franklin, to print the paper.(7)

The first issue of The Atterbury Crier appeared on September 25, 1942. Governor Schricker, who was attending a Masonic banquet in Franklin and who had formerly been a newspaper publisher in his home county, saw the first copy go to press. Colonel Modisette, camp commander, and various other people of note were present. The paper was tabloid in size and contained eight pages. It was distributed free to all the Army and civilian personnel at the camp. Copy was prepared by the staff of the Public Relations Office, many of whom had been in the newspaper business before joining the Army.

The name of the paper was changed from The Atterbury Crier to The Camp Crier with the issue of March 5, 1943. It continued to appear under the latter tide almost three years. In January, 1946, it was combined with The Probe, the publication of the Wakeman General Hospital. One more change was made on May 2 when advertising was dropped and it became a four-page sheet. In this form it became an official publication, "published by and for the military and civilian personnel of Camp Atterbury and Wakeman General Hospital." Six weeks later, on June 14, with the closing of the Personnel Center only two weeks off, the career of The Camp Crier came to an end. It had served its purpose well in keeping both soldiers and civilians informed of happenings at the camp. Its value as an historical record of the camp over a four-year period will become increasingly important as time passes.

Quoting from the final issue, "The story of Camp Atterbury during the war is finished. The thousands upon thousands of soldiers that worked, trained and passed through here being inducted or separated have been the material for literally a hundred thousand stories.

"But now this great human interest story has just about come to an end—and the book that told the tale of the life of this Army camp in weekly issues-the Atterbury Camp Crier—must also end.

"During the four years history of the newspaper, stories of thousands of the 'unknown' heroes of this war were written. The gigantic job performed by the installation was pictured and written. The great part played by Atterbury in the winning of this war was shown.

"Many great headlines appeared in the Crier, including the proclamations of the invasion of France, the end of the war, and a less welcome piece of news, 'Franklin Roosevelt Dies.'

"The Crier also tried to introduce the personnel of the camp to one another. Columns such as 'WAC of the Week; 'Atterbury Album; 'Top Kick,' and 'At Your Service,' pictured and gave a brief account of the jobs and personalities of the GIs and civilians of the post.

"'What to do on off duty hours' was stressed in the Crier. Recreational schedules of the movies, Service Clubs and Wakeman Red Cross activities along with stories about coming activities were covered as thoroughly as possible. In this, much credit must go to the Special Services branches of Atterbury and the Service Club Hostesses and Red Cross Workers of this installation.

"A schedule was carried on the religious services at the post, plus a weekly column written by the various chaplains.

"Discussions on the two biggest military issues in the country were also presented so that soldiers here might have a better under-standing of what the Army intended to do. These two discussions, 'Universal Military Training' and 'Unification of Our Armed Forces' were prepared by Capt. Wesley Jones, former public relations officer and 'Father' of the Camp Crier."
Contributions that expressed the feelings of the soldiers in training sometimes appeared. The following verse is typical. (8)

The Grumbling Soldier
By Sgt. Joseph Farber, 330th Infantry, 83d Division

There was a grumbling soldier who growled the whole day long, What wasn't was the ought to be, what was, was always wrong. He didn't like his station and he made it plain to see

That anywhere he wasn't was the place he wanted to be.  He didn't like his General, he cursed his Captain, too.

He saw no rhyme or reason in the chores they made him do. He wished they would transfer him to some post across the sea, For wherever he wasn't was the place he wanted to be.

They sent him o'er the ocean with his rifle and his pack,
But no sooner had he landed than he wished that he were back.

He couldn't stand the tropics with the hot sun blazing down, The place to be a soldier was some good old Yankee town.

At last, death's final transfer moved him to realms afar, He drew a post in Heaven where perfect quarters are.

But hardly was he seated when he passed around the word, "If St. Peter could arrange it, he would like to be transferred."

In addition to The Crier, which covered the entire camp, a number of the units stationed at Atterbury had their own newspapers. These were issued in mimeographed form and were largely devoted to news about persons in the unit and their activities as a group. They included The Jerk, organ of the 773d Tank Destroyer Battalion, first issued in November, 1943; The Buzz Saw, a semi-monthly publication of the 120th Infantry, 30th Division; and The Fighter, publication of the 422d Infantry Regiment of the 106th Division, stationed at Atterbury in 1944.

The Wordier, sponsored by the Red Cross unit at the Station Hospital, first appeared on February 17, 1944. The work of gathering the news for it and putting it together was done by patients at the hospital. The 72d and 73d General Hospital units both had weekly papers of their own while stationed at the Camp in 1943. These were The Splint and Litter and The Lucky 73d.

The Probe was the publication of Wakeman General Hospital. It was combined with The Crier during the first six months of 1946; thereafter it was continued as a mimeographed sheet until the end of the year brought the closing of the hospital.


Opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and entertainment are important to the soldier in training and are so recognized by military authorities. Every training camp had its special services branch in its administrative setup to assure a full program of recreational activities. But the Army could not do the job alone; it needed the help of the people of the surrounding community.

As. soon as it was known that an Army training camp was to be located at their doorstep, various organizations in the towns of Columbus, Franklin, and Edinburg began to plan for the entertainment of the soldiers in their hours away from camp.

The United Service Organizations (USO) sent a representative to confer with local committees and offer help in operating USO centers if the local communities would provide buildings. In Columbus, after a site was finally chosen, the necessary remodeling prevented it being opened as a USO center until near the close of 1942. In the meantime, temporary quarters were opened in April in a business room in Columbus to provide early arrivals at Atterbury with a place to wash and shave. At that time there were no plumbing facilities yet available at the camp. Earl Schreiber was appointed director of the Columbus USO by the national head-quarters of that organization.

At Edinburg, the Kellams Building was renovated to provide a USO Center.  Talkins Blank, of Rochester, Minnesota, was appointed director. There were two USO centers in Franklin, one for Negro soldiers and one for white. Organizations and individuals in these towns aided in furnishing the centers and in providing entertainment.

The Indianapolis USO centers were open to Atterbury servicemen as well as to those from Fort Benjamin Harrison and other military installations. Through them, tickets to theaters, musical concerts, sporting events, and other entertainments were made available.

Invitations to Indianapolis homes were often extended through the USO. Groups sponsored by the USO, such as Cadettes and Liberty Belles, were guests at Camp Atterbury dances. Similar groups from the Cincinnati USO made regular trips to the camp.

Churches in Indianapolis and in the towns and cities nearer the camp were also active in providing recreation for the servicemen. The Lutheran Center in Columbus was opened in December, 1942. It contained a lounge, refreshment stand, bowling alley, and facilities for indoor games. Four of the downtown churches in Franklin combined to sponsor centers in the Baptist and Methodist churches.

Entertainment at the camp was not lacking. Six theaters offered two daily showings of current movies. In some of these there was an extra matinee on Sunday. Theater books of ten tickets sold for $ 1.20. Celebrities of the stage, screen, and radio were often present to give special programs.

Three enlisted men's service clubs offered a variety of entertainment including dances, music, bingo, and other games. Many men stationed at the camp had special talents and some had been professionals in the entertainment world before the war. With their aid many shows were put on by camp personnel. Each service club had a cafeteria and soda fountain, telephone booths, and facilities for writing. There was an arts and crafts studio in Service Club No. 2 where the men could pursue their particular hobbies. There were also three service clubs for the officers at the camp.

In addition, each training unit at the camp had its own day rooms and recreation halls where the soldiers could relax in off-duty hours. The Indianapolis Council of Women and civic groups from other towns helped the men to furnish these so that they would give a touch of home to the camp.

There was keen competition and rivalry in athletic games between various Atterbury units. In February, 1943, there were 10 leagues with 81 teams engaged in competitive games. Three basketball games could be played at one time on the floor of the sports arena. Baseball, football, softball, golf, and bowling were among the other sports engaged in. Games were played between the "varsity" team and teams from other military camps. Boxing and wrestling matches were also held.

The library at Camp Atterbury was first located in Service Club No. 1 but soon outgrew its headquarters there and was moved to a large building at Division and Gatling Streets. There was a branch library in Service Club No. 3. Current magazines, newspapers from all parts of the United States, and some 8,000 volumes of fiction and nonfiction made up the library's collection. It was used extensively by soldiers taking correspondence courses through the Armed Forces Institute. Language courses were offered to men going overseas. During 1945 and 1946 a number of extension classes were organized that gave college credit. These met in the library. There was also a library at Wakeman hospital for the use of the patients.

The post exchange system of the modern Army camp replaces the civilian settlers of the early days. The first post exchange was established in 1895. Its primary purpose is to supply the troops at reasonable prices with the articles of ordinary use and consumption not supplied by the government.

The Army Exchange Service was created in 1941 to provide for uniform merchandising, control, and accounting methods in all post exchanges. In this way they became part of a national chain-store system, enabling them to sell items at a low cost.

The first PX at Atterbury was opened July 10, 1942. By March, 1945, the Exchange Service there was operating 15 post exchanges, 3 cafeterias and fountains, 3 guest houses, 4 prisoner of war canteens, and a large garage. Nearly all the revenue-producing activities at the camp were operated by the Exchange Service or rented to concessionaires. The concessions included barber shops, a tailor shop, dry cleaning, and photo shops. The typical PX was divided into four departments: food and drink, candy and supplies, barber shop, and cleaners. The three service club cafeterias were open during the same hours as the clubs but had fixed periods for regular meals. Fountain service was available in between meals and of evenings. Guest houses provided accommodations for visitors of enlisted personnel. The service station and garage repaired and serviced an average of 400 cars a month.

The volume of business carried on by the Exchange Service at Atterbury was comparable to that of a large department store. It employed about 400 civilians and 70 enlisted men, who worked during their off-duty hours. Sales were restricted to soldiers, their families, and civilian employees at the camp.

There were 12 chapels at Camp Atterbury. Each could accommodate 400 persons at one time; several different services were held in each one on Sundays. The ecclesiastical furniture was so designed that it could be folded away in cupboards or rolled away behind a series of panels when one denominational service was over and another was about to begin. Each chapel had a Hammond electric organ. Some twenty chaplains representing Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths conducted religious services and acted as spiritual mentors to the men and women at the camp. "The Chaplain's Corner," a feature of the Camp Crier, carried an article each week by one of the chaplains.


By the middle of October, 1944, the last of the combat divisions to train at Camp Atterbury had departed for overseas service and the camp was ready to enter upon another phase of its history.

In the meantime, the War Department had been planning the establishment of a personnel center for the Fifth Service Area which would consolidate the functions of processing the new selectees, reassigning those returned from overseas service, and taking care of those eligible for discharge. The induction center at Fort Harrison had been handling selectees from Indiana since 1940 and during 1944 those from Ohio as well; the personnel there was also taking care of the relatively small number of men returned from overseas duty for reassignment and those eligible for release. But the facilities were not sufficient to take care of a personnel center that could handle inductions, reassignments, and discharges for the entire Fifth Corps Area which included the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.

The number returning for reassignment was expected to increase daily; this together with the possibility of an early victory in Europe made imperative the preparation of plans and training of personnel to take care of the thousands of veterans who might be returned to this country soon. Camp Atterbury could offer the necessary room for expansion. With this in mind, the induction or reception center and reception station were moved from Fort Harrison to Atterbury late in August, 1944, and reopened at the latter place on September 1.

Six companies comprising the 1534th Service Unit, which had handled the work at Fort Harrison, were also transferred and formed the nucleus for the additional units which would be needed under the expansion program. In October, 1944, the separation center was activated as a separate organization and the following month the reception station was separated from the reception center. The history of Camp Atterbury for the next two years was to center around the personnel center and the Wakeman General Hospital.

The Reception Center

Making soldiers out of civilians was the task of the reception center. Arriving at all hours of the day and night, the selectees were checked in and assigned barracks for their brief stay of about a week. Another physical examination was the first thing on the agenda and then came the fitting for GI clothes. The next stop was the classification and assignment section where each took an Army test. Here also the qualification card, Form 20, was filled out during an interview in which all the selectee's past work, education, and abilities were set down. This was to aid in classifying and assigning him. On the trip through the typing and insurance sections, his service record and other papers were filled in and forms filled out allotting a portion of his pay for insurance, war bonds, and dependency allotments. Time was also taken along the line to type his blood, give him initial inoculations, and expose him to a brief orientation program.

Reports of the number of men received each day were teletyped to the Adjutant General's Office in Washington where they were studied and assignment orders made. Transportation to the training center to which each was assigned was arranged by the transportation office at Atterbury except in cases of large shipments of troops when it was arranged by the Traffic Control Office in Washington. With these preliminaries out of the way, the newly inducted soldier was off to his training center and the life of a soldier.

The reception center continued in operation at Atterbury until the end of 1946 when it was moved to Fort Knox. During the period before the suspension of the Selective Service Act, some 9,000 selectees passed through the center each month. 

Reception Station

During the period that the reception station was at Fort Harrison from August, 1943, to September, 1944, about 200 men passed through it in a month. By the time of its transfer to Atterbury and its organization as a separate unit in November, 1944, the number had reached 3,000 a month. The 1558th Service Unit was activated on November 8 to handle the work of the station.

Three classes of men were taken care of here: rotation returnees, temporary duty men, and battle casualties. The first two came direct from the theaters of war, the last from general hospitals. There were also the liberated American prisoners from German prison camps.

When individuals who were surplus to overseas theaters arrived in this country they were sent to a receiving station close to their home area. Those with scores equal to or above the critical score necessary for discharge were screened once more to determine whether they were essential to the Army as a whole, or were non-essential and could be returned to civilian life. An enlisted man whose score entitled him to release was held in the Army as essential only if his skill was so important to the Army and so uncommon that he could not be spared. He was replaced as fast as the Army could train and make available a replacement with the proper skill.

Individuals in units designated for further service against the Japanese were given travel time to and from their homes, plus up to thirty days furlough for rest and recuperation, after which they were to report at a designated place where their unit would be reformed for continued active service.

When the overseas men began to return, one could see patches and insignia from practically every theater of operations—from the Southwest Pacific to the Alaskan, from the European to the China-India-Burma theater. Their first question always was "How long before we are through here and can go home?" Most of them were pleasantly surprised when they were told, "You'll probably be on your way home in twelve hours." The average time for a GI to clear the reception station—checked in, paid, issued needed clothing, have his orders cut, records brought up to date, and transportation arranged—was less than twelve hours and never more than twenty-four hours. Speed was the law of the reception station.

In July, 1945, 7,994 men were received in two days. In one month Atterbury's "Grand Central Station" handled 162 inbound and 97 outbound trains. By September 14, 1945, the reception station was handling 60,000 returnees monthly. Maj. Stanley J. Paciorek was the commanding officer of the station at the time of the last issue of the Camp Crier on June 14, 1946. Under his direction, the station, functioning twenty-four hours a day, had sent thousands of men home on rehabilitation furloughs after they had returned from overseas duty. By this time its work was about over. Six weeks later, on July 31, 1946, the station was officially dosed.

Separation Center

Camp Atterbury's separation center was one of eighteen in the United States. It handled Army discharges of all soldiers whose homes were in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, changing them from "GI Joes" to civilians.

The center was organized as a separate unit on October 15, 1944. Six men were discharged that first day. This was known to be only a trickle of what eventually would become a great stream. It was necessary to train personnel for the big job that lay ahead when Germany and Japan would be defeated and the nation could demobilize its fighting millions. The 1585th Service Unit was activated to handle the work of the separation center. The 1584th Service Unit, which had been at Atterbury since the fall of 1943, was incorporated into the center at the same time.

In the beginning, the separation center discharged, for the most part, those physically unfit, over age, or those separated from service because of dependency or urgent need in essential industry. Officers reverted to inactive status, subject to recall to active duty if needed.

The Army's objective was to have the soldier leave the service with a pleasant memory, asserted Col. Bert S. Wampler, commander of the 1585th Service Unit; with this in mind, the officials in charge of the center tried to make quick work of the examinations, inter-views, and paper work involved in each individual discharge.

When a man checked in at the 1585th's orderly room he was assigned quarters. Then his service records were turned over to the records branch for careful processing. If a man's records were incomplete, he was placed on a "suspense list" pending the arrival of missing data. One of the separation center officers then got a group of separatees together to explain the separation procedure, tell the men what they were entitled to, and explain Post regulations for their guidance while at Atterbury. A guide was assigned to each group and stayed with it until the men were formally separated from the Army. Each dischargee was given a thorough physical examination. To insure completeness, none of his previous medical records was used. If anything was wrong that could be corrected, he was given the choice of staying at Atterbury until it was remedied or taking his discharge immediately.

On May 12, 1945, the separation center started discharging under the Army's new point system. Newsmen and photographers descended on the center to cover the epochal event. The commanding officer expressed satisfaction over the way the organization met the initial test. From then on the permanent cadre had to be increased daily to handle the many dischargees.
The separation center had an "Assembly Line." At first, three huge buildings, a block north of Post Headquarters, were used; later a fourth building was added. Housed in these buildings were the discharge certification section, the pay and allotment section, and finance branch. It took a lot of figuring by the finance section before a man received his final Army pay. He also received his travel mileage home and the first installment of his mustering out allotment.

By August, 1945, the center had grown until it occupied a half-mile area from North Street to Division Street between Harrison and Gatling streets. The August records were tripled in September. On December 12, 1945, 2,971 men were discharged, the highest number for one day up to that time. On March 28, 1946, the 500,000th man was discharged. By the time the center was inactivated on July 31, 1946, the total figures had reached 537,344 enlisted men and 39,495 officers. During the last month only men stationed at Atterbury were released at the center. After July they had to go elsewhere. To make this unnecessary, a separation point was established at Atterbury in October to process the men stationed there as they became eligible for discharge. This was a great help, especially to the men leaving the hospital.


Several hundred civilian men and women worked at Camp Atterbury during the four years of its operation, performing a great variety of tasks. During the war period, their labor released soldiers for combat duty, while after the war, it permitted the release of many a service man sooner than he might otherwise have been released. The greatest handicap in obtaining civilian workers was the problem of transportation to and from the camp.

A brief resume of the jobs performed by civilians will indicate the important part they played in the operation of the camp. In the offices, the stenographic and clerical work, bookkeeping, and filing was largely handled by civilians.

About 500 women were employed in the Post laundry, which operated on a 24-hour schedule. As much individual treatment was given to the clothing as was possible; for example, socks were dried on a special foot-shaped heater, designed to prevent shrinking.

The Post Exchange service at the camp was largely staffed by civilians. Except for the military staff, the Post engineers division was composed of civilians. They were in charge of operating the utilities ( including water, gas, and electric supply, refrigeration, the central heating plant, sewage and water disposal facilities) and the fire department and maintained the buildings, grounds, and roads. Prisoners of war were used on some maintenance jobs.

The Wakeman hospital employed a number of civilians, including medical and X-ray technicians, dental hygienists, and janitors.

The ordnance and quartermaster divisions employed many civilian personnel. In the former they repaired vehicles, operated trucks, etc. Two retired railroad men returned to work to operate the two railroad switching engines at the camp. In the quartermaster di-vision civilians helped to operate the bakery.

By the end of 1945 it became possible for some civilians who lived at a distance of more than 25 miles from the camp or worked irregular hours, to occupy barracks set aside for their use. They ate their meals at the cafeterias in the service clubs. Some 250 had availed themselves of this privilege by January, 1946.

Two other agencies at the camp were staffed by civilians, but on a different basis. The Atterbury post office was a branch of the Columbus post office and the men employed in it were on the payroll of the Post Office Department. The Irwin-Union Trust Company of Columbus was appointed by the U. S. Treasury in October, 1942, as a depository and financial agency for the camp. The bank set up at the camp and staffed by the Trust Company performed all the services of a city institution at no charge to the military and civilian personnel at the camp. This was a great convenience and boon to the soldiers.


The motto of Camp Atterbury was "We Are Ready."

Holiday Mail

During the 15-day period before Christmas in 1944, 1,232,549 pieces of mail were handled at the camp post office. The average per day was 82,166, twice the normal load. Fifteen additional men were lent to the post office by the 729th M. P. Battalion and the 1560th Service Unit. Incoming mail totaled 906,096 pieces, while outgoing mail amounted to 326,453 pieces.


The first wedding at the camp was that of Lieut. Thomas R. Norris of Besloge, Missouri, of the 331st Infantry, to Audrey Benge, of Indianapolis, on September 6, 1942. The ceremony took place in the 331st Regimental Chapel with Chaplain Thomas S. Clark-son officiating. It was his first ceremony after becoming an Army chaplain.


The camp had the largest private branch exchange in Indiana. It was most modern, and was equipped to handle 1,000 lines. It compared in size with the telephone facilities of a city of 10,000.

There were 100,000 feet of cable ranging from 26-pair lines to 900-pair lines. If all the wires in the cables were laid end to end they would have reached around the earth.

Army Transport School

An Army Transport school was in operation at the CCC Camp in Brown County State Park from September, 1942, to April, 1943. It was under the supervision of Camp Atterbury, and was designed to give a short but intensive training course in motor transport mechanics. About 500 men received training there during that period.


More than 150 men of foreign birth received their naturalization papers while they were at Camp Atterbury. At first the hearings were held in the Federal Building in Indianapolis. Later, Judge Robert C. Baltzell conducted hearings at the camp. Hearings were also held in the Columbus Courthouse before Judge George W. Long of the Bartholomew County Circuit Court.

The men obtaining their citizenship papers came from various parts of the world. Some of their native lands had been torn to bits in the European War. Men from Poland, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Finland, Greece, and Canada were in one group. One was a captain obtaining his first citizenship papers. A young man from Poland had two brothers fighting with Russia and another brother in a German prison camp. The whereabouts of many of his relatives were unknown.

War Dogs

Camp Atterbury was proud of its war dogs. These four-legged sentries were trained to guard government property and had their own barracks in a special section of the camp. Twenty-four dogs were received in April, 1943. They had been trained at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, where U. R. Fishel, of Hope, Indiana, well-known dog trainer, assisted in teaching the canine pupils. The Army found that one dog with one man doing sentry duty could replace six men, due to the dog's superior olfactory and auditory senses.

A dog's basic training lasted six weeks and taught him to be obedient to his master at all times. Then came the "agitation" training for two weeks. During this time the dog was taught to bite and fight in typical commando style, all the while being obedient to the soldier holding the leash. While on guard the canines were kept on leash all the time. The dogs were donated to the service by their owners. Each had to be at least eighteen inches high at the shoulders and weigh fifty pounds or more. No matter how gentle a dog may have been, the trainers reported he would attack even his former owner if the sentry holding the leash told him to do so.

S. Sgt. Jack Brodbeck supervised the work of the dogs and their trainers at Atterbury. Capt. Vaughn E. Ishee, Atterbury veterinarian, was responsible for keeping them in shape. A dispensary was built and equipped for them. Three dogs, selected from the Atterbury kennels because of their ability to "soldier," showed off their education by winning a trophy at the Indianapolis Obedience Training Club's dog show in June, 1943. The trainers of the three dogs were T/4 Russell Riley, T/3 George Chuzie, and Pfc. John Farrell from the M. P. Section, 1560th Service Unit.

Day of Prayer

Camp Atterbury joined the nation on New Year's Day, 1944, in observing a Day of Prayer which was proclaimed by President Roosevelt. Special services were held throughout the Post as soldiers of all faiths gathered to pray for victory during the coming year. Post Commander Welton M. Modisette issued an order re-questing all men who could be spared from organization duty to attend services. They were given the time off. Services started at 6:45 A. M. and continued until 7:45 P. M., with the majority being held at 1 P. M.

Detroit War Workers

War workers from Detroit spent three days at Camp Atterbury in March, 1943, living and working with the doughboys of the 83d Division. A few weeks later, a group of soldiers from the camp were guests of the factories where these men worked. This policy of exchanging visits was carried out all over the nation in order to promote better understanding of the part each was playing in the war effort.

The Austrian Battalion

On March 15, 1943, the Columbus Evening Republican carried the following article: "For four months publication of the formation at Camp Atterbury of an Austrian battalion, center of a heated political controversy, was withheld, but now the story is out." This was one of Atterbury's biggest stories, and involved three Austrian archdukes serving as buck privates.

The Austrian battalion was under the command of Col. Vincent Conrad, a graduate of West Point and a veteran soldier. It was a part of the Regular U. S. Army, the same as the Czech and Norwegian battalions. Many of its members had direct connections with the country of Austria; some were political refugees; some were from lands that were once a part of Austria. A number of them could speak as many as six different languages. Those who were aliens were given an opportunity to become U. S. citizens after serving in the army three months and proving themselves eligible.

Critics of the battalion's formation charged that it was being used as a prestige builder for Otto of Hapsburg, pretender to the Austrian throne. The men of the battalion discredited this. Many of them felt that once freed from the Nazi yoke, Austria would find her salvation through democracy. They thought they could be of great help to the United States in an Army of Occupation. Three of Otto's brothers, Archdukes Felix, Carl Ludwig, and Rudolph, joined the unit. They were sons of former Emperor Charles, who was Austria's ruler at the close of World War I. After being exiled, the royal family had lived intermittently in Belgium and France.

A meeting in New York City of Austrian friends "broke" the story that the battalion was at Atterbury. The same article carried the announcement by the Secretary of War that no more aliens would be sent to Camp Atterbury unless they wished to volunteer for service in this particular battalion. On June 16, 1943, the news came that the 101st Infantry Battalion, Austrian, had been completely disbanded and its men assigned to other units.


Both soldiers and civilians were asked to make suggestions that could help in any way with their work. Many ideas were given. For those that were accepted, soldiers received furloughs, recommendations for the Legion of Merit, letters of commendation, and promotion preferment in assignment. Civilians received cash awards.

In January, 1944, there was a contest at the camp called "Keep Mum." The winning slogan was "Believe it or not—the dumb talk most." The prize, $5.00 in war stamps, went to Corp. Leroy C. Brown.

Fire Prevention Award

Camp Atterbury won Indiana's award for fire prevention. Governor Henry F. Schricker presented an engraved plaque at the fire chiefs' annual banquet in Indianapolis on March 14, 1944.

Gifts of Soldiers

The "Attaboys" as they were often called, gave generously each year in every drive for money: the Red Cross, the funds to combat infantile paralysis and cancer, tuberculosis seals, and for captured Americans. In January, 1944, the 117th Infantry donated $1,000 for captured Americans; in February, 1944, they gave $1,731.74 to the March of Dimes. Bond sales at the Post that month were $21,225. In April, 1944, the Red Cross drive netted $10,349. In January, 1946, the camp raised $24,807.73 for infantile paralysis.

Atterbury fighting men, from colonels to privates, answered the Red Cross call for blood donors in a record breaking manner.

Ernie Pyle Parade

The 798th M. P. Battalion from Camp Atterbury led the parade in Indianapolis in July, 1945, in honor of the late Ernie Pyle. Carrying the Stars and Stripes and the green and gold banner of the Military Police Corps, they marched at the head of the parade as it started toward the reviewing stand. The parade heralded the opening of the picture, "GI Joe," filmed from Ernie's dispatches from the war front.


The end of 1946 brought the closing of Camp Atterbury. The reception center and Wakeman hospital were the last to go. The prison camp, the reception station, and separation center had all closed earlier in the year.

Early in the summer of 1946 an intercity organization, composed of representatives from near-by towns, was formed to carry on a campaign to have Camp Atterbury retained as a full scale military training camp. The answer from the War Department was that its future status depended on the size of the postwar army which in turn depended on Congressional action. The desire for its retention did not necessarily represent a change of heart among the residents of the community who had opposed its construction. There were many who desired its retention for economic and business reasons. Among others, the general feeling was that since the camp was there it was better to have it used than to stand idle. If it could revert back to farm land, that would be a different matter.

Various suggestions were made for its future use. Governor Ralph Gates sent a cable to the United Nations Preparatory Commission in London proposing the site for the capital of the United Nations. Representative Earl Wilson of the Ninth Indiana District suggested in Congress that it be used as a college for war veterans. The Veterans Administration explored its possibilities for use by their organization and Governor Gates asked for the hospital's release to the state as a place to care for the overflow of patients at the mental hospitals. The Federal Government was reluctant to give up control of the camp other than to permit its use by the Indiana National Guard as a training center. A plan was worked out for the Guard to establish headquarters at the camp by the end of 1946.

In the meantime a surplus property depot had been set up early in 1946 and sales of clothing and equipment mounted as the year wore on. Sales were handled through the office of the War Assets Administration in Cincinnati and deliveries were made from the depot on orders from Cincinnati. In October, 1946, $1,926,000 worth of goods was sold. This included clothing, typewriters and other office equipment, jeeps, trucks, automobiles, etc. None of the buildings, other than those in the prisoner of war center, were offered for sale until 1947.

Except for the summer training of National Guard units, the camp remained on a stand-by basis until the Korean crisis. In the late summer of 1950 it was reactivated as a full-time training center for the Pennsylvania National Guard.


August 1942 to March 1945

Headquarters, 8th Detachment, Special Troops, Second Army. Activated
1 Sep. 1942. Inactivated 28 June 1944. Commanding officer Col. R. C. Stickney, Lieut. Col. C. E. Davis, Lieut. Co. E. A. Franklin, Col. Richard-son L. Greene.

8th General Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Transferred to Shtick General
Hospital, Clinton, Iowa, 25 Feb. 1943. Com. officer, Col. E. B. Miller.

9th Tank Destroyer Group, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. Arrived 30 Aug. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 24 Mar. 1944. Co. officer, Col. W. M. Hutson, Lieut. Co. W. L. Herold, Col. Lansing McVicker.

11th Ordnance Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. Arrived 20 July 1943. Departed for maneuvers at Nashville, Tenn., 17 Nov. 1943. Com. officers, Lieut. Col. William Northcross.

13th Finance Disbursing Company. Arrived July 1943. Departed for over-seas duty 7 Aug. 1943. Com. officer, Maj. E. L. Dlugersky.

16th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, Battery A. Arrived 28 May 1943. Attached to 83d Infantry Division for 1 month. Departed for Camp McCoy, Wis., 25 June 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Cameron.

18th Hospital Center. Arrived 1 Sep. 1942. Redesignated 317th Station Hospital 1 Apr. 1943.

18th Signal Service Section. Arrived July 1942. Disbanded 31 Jan. 1943 and Signal Section, 1560th S. U. activated same date. Transferred to Hq. and Hq. Section, 1560th S. U. 1 Max. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Taylor C. Smith.

22d Quartermaster Regiment, Company K. Arrived 1 July 1942. Departed for Fort Devens, Mass., 12 Sep. 1942. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. J. G. Sheehan.

24th Ordnance M. M. Company. Arrived 20 Oct. 1942. Departed for over-seas duty 4 Jan. 1943. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Guy E. Warner.

27th Medical Depot Company. Activated 10 Sep. 1943. Departed for over-seas duty 3 Jan. 1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Carrol C. Barrick.

28th Medical Depot Company. Activated 25 Sep. 1943. Departed for over-seas duty 10 Apr. 1944. Mailing address changed at later date to Camp Pickett, Va. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Lyman J. Clark.

30th Infantry Division ("Old Hickory"). Arrived 7 Nov. 1943, Departed for overseas duty 30 Jan. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Gen. Leland S. Hobbs; assistant commander, William K. Harrison, Jr.; artillery commander, Brig. Gen. John E. Lewis.

30th Signal Construction Battalion. Activated 16 Sep. 1942. Departed for overseas duty 20 Apr. 1943. Com. officers, Maj. William E. Appleton and Lieut. Col. Clyde E. Banks.

31st Signal Construction Battalion. Activated 16 Sep. 1942. Departed for overseas duty 17 Sep. 1943. Com. officers, Lieut. Col. Paul A. Pickhardt and Lieut. Col. William A. Joyce.

35th Evacuation Hospital. Activated 30 Aug. 1942. Departed for maneuver area, Camp Tyson, Tenn., 14 June 1943. Departed for overseas duty from maneuvers 1 Mar. 1944. Com. officers, Maj. James B. Seaman, CoL Clifford Best.

36th Portable Surgical Hospital. Activated 7 June 1943. Departed for
overseas duty 18 Mar. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Maurice L. Zox.

39th Evacuation Hospital. Activated 30 Aug. 1942. Departed for maneuver
area, Camp Forrest, Tenn., 7 June 1943. Departed for overseas 1 Mar.
1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Allen N. Bracher.

41st Engineer Regiment, Co. F. Arrived 1 Sep. 1942. Transferred to Fort Bragg, N. C., 20 Oct. 1942. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. I. H. Ferdinand Hahn.

42nd Signal Construction Battalion. Activated 15 Aug. 1943. Departed for Camp Van Dorn, Miss., 30 Mar. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Bernard H. Vollrath.

42d Provisional Prisoner of War Detachment. Arrived 10 Dec. 1943. De-parted to join 729th Military Police Battalion, Oakwood Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio, 15 Dec. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Eugene T. Richards.

44th Evacuation Hospital. Arrived 30 Aug. 1942. Transferred to Fort Dix, N. J., 24 July 1943. Cam. officer, Lieut. Col. Elmer A. Lodmell.

44th WAAC Post Headquarters Company. Arrived 6 Mar. 1943. Disbanded and personnel assigned to Hq. Section, 3561st S. U., 22 May 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Helen Grote.

49th Field Hospital. Activated 10 Sep. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 9 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Oliver A. Brommer.

50th Field Hospital. Activated 10 Sep. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 9 Feb 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Leon D. Blumberg.

53d Coast Artillery Band. Arrived 24 May 1944. Redesignated as 82d AGF Band on arrival. Departed for Fort Knox, Ky., 24 July 1944. Com. officer, CWO Oscar L. Nutter.

55th Field Hospital. Arrived 25 Feb. 1944. Departed for overseas duty 13 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. C. P. Harrington. Formerly the 234th Station Hospital.

56th Field Hospital. Arrived 25 Feb. 1944. Departed for overseas duty 13 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. William F. Coughlin. Formerly the 236th Station Hospital.

56th Ordnance H. M. Regiment (Q), Co. M. Activated 2 Sep. 1942. Re-designated 895th Ordnance Battalion 31 Oct. 1942. Com. officer, Lieut. Walter A. Weisert.

57th Chemical Maintenance Company. Arrived 29 Nov. 1943. Transferred to Camp McCoy, Wis., 1 Dec. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Leland W. VanDenburgh, Jr.

62d General Hospital. Arrived 10 Sep. 1943. Transferred to Lawson General Hospital, Atlanta, Ga., 15 Oct. 1943. Com. officer, Maj. F. E. Cressman.

72d General Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Inactivated and reorganized as 228th Station Hospital, 24 June 1943. Com. officer, Col. Milton I. Strahl.

73d General Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Inactivated and reorganized as 231st Station Hospital, 24 June 1943. Com. officer, Col. Linwood M. Gable.

74th General Hospital. Activated 31 Aug. 1942. Departed for POE, New Orleans, La., 31 Oct. 1942. Com. officer, Col. Hyman I. Teperson.

74th Army Ground Forces Band. Arrived 23 Sep. 1943. Redesignated as 196th AGF Band 10 Jan. 1944. Com. officer, CWO Howard F. Balden. 75th General Hospital. Activated 31 Aug. 1942. Departed for POE, New Orleans, La., 31 Oct. 1942. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. John B. Chester. 75th Ordnance M. M. Company. Arrived 15 Aug. 1942. Departed for maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 5 Apr. 1943. Mailing address was Camp Forrest, Tenn., 10 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. Smoot.

75th Quartermaster Company. Arrived 15 Jan. 1943. Departed for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., 10 Mar. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. L. M. Nash. 82d Army Ground Forces Band. Arrived 24 May 1944. Departed for Fort Knox, Ky., 24 July 1944. Com. officer, CWO Oscar L. Nutter. Formerly the 53d Coast Artillery Band.

83d Infantry Division. Activated 15 Aug. 1942. Departed to maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 14 June 1943. Permanent change to Camp Breckinridge, Ky., 28 Aug. 1943. Com. general, Maj. Gen. Frank W. Milburn. Assistant commander, Btig. Gen. Robert C. Macon; artillery commander, Brig. Gen. Robert M. Montague.

85th Ordnance M. M. Battalion (Q), Co. C. Arrived 16 Sep. 1942. Redesignated 3479th Ordnance M. M. Co. (Q) 11 Nov. 1942. Com. officer, Lieut. Ralph R. Bremers.

85th Field Hospital. Arrived 15 Nov. 1944. Departed for overseas duty
11 Jan. 1945. Com. officer, Maj. Ray G. Ikins and Maj. John G. Zoll.

100th Quartermaster Bakery Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. Arrived 4 Sep. 1942. Departed for maneuver area, Camp For-rest, Tenn., 12 June 1943. Departed for Camp Shelby, Miss., 17 Mar. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Harry W. McCormick.

100th Quartermaster Bakery Battalion, Co. C. Arrived 4 Sep. 1942. De-parted for maneuver area in Tennessee 12 June 1943. Redesignated 130th Quartermaster Bakery Co. while on maneuvers. Com. officer, Lieut. Handville.

101st Infantry Battalion (Sep.). Arrived 15 Dec. 1942. Organization disbanded 25 May 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Vincent J. Conrad.

106th Infantry Division. Arrived 27 Mar. 1944. Departed for overseas duty 13 Oct. 1944. Com. Gen., Maj. General Alan W. Jones; assistant commander, Brig. Gem Herbert T. Perrin; artillery commander, Brig. Gen. Leo T. McMahon.

112th Automatic Anti-Aircraft Group. Arrived 8 June 1943. Departed for Camp Campbell, Ky., 20 June 1943. Com. officer, Col. Joe D. Moss.

112th Station Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Departed for Fort Jackson, S. C., 25 Oct. 1942. Corn. officers, Maj. Zaven M. Sedon and Lieut. Col. L. Lipton.

113th Station Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Departed to Camp Chaffee, Ark., 31 Oct. 1942. Com. officers, Maj. Clark M. Dougherty and Col. Carl Lupo.

115th Station Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Departed to Fort Devens, Mass., 1 Nov. 1942. Com. officers, Capt. Horton E. Hughes and Maj. D. Fourrier.

118th Station Hospital. Activated 20 Dec. 1942. Departed for overseas duty 11 July 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. William H. Huntington. 122d Ordnance M. M. Company. Arrived 16 Mar. 1943. Departed for over-seas 18 Mar. 1944. Commanding officer, Capt. Donald P. Armstrong.

134th Field Artillery Battalion. Arrived 20 July 1944. Departed for Swannanoa, N. C., Moore General Hospital, 26 Aug. 1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Rex K. Miller.

141st Ordnance Battalion. Activated 19 Mar. 1943. Departed for maneuver area 7 Nov. 1943. Permanent station Camp Breckinridge, Ky., 26 Aug. 1944. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Wayne A. Townsend.

164th Topographic Company. Attached to 83d Infantry Division for temporary duty. Departed for Camp Campbell, Ky., 17 June 1943.

184th Field Artillery Depot. Arrived Sep. 1942. Departed for Fort Custer, Mich., 19 Dec. 1942. Com. officer, 2d Lieut. Edward W. Waxman.

193d Signal Repair Company. Arrived Sep. 1944. Departed for Camp Shelby, Miss., 6 Oct. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. F. M. Dertzbaugh.

196th Army Ground Forces Band. Arrived 23 Sep. 1943 as 74th AGF Band. Redesignated 10 Jan. 1944. Departed for Fort Knox, Ky., 8 June 1944. Com. officer, CWO Howard F. Balden.

202d Provisional M. P. Detachment. Arrived 10 Dec. 1943 and absorbed by 30th Infantry Division M. P. Platoon. Com. officer, Lieut. Charles W. Hurst.

206th Quartermaster Gas Supply Battalion, Co. D. Arrived 1 Sep. 1942. Departed to Compton, Calif., 23 Feb. 1943. Com. officer, 2d Lieut. Leroy L. Metz.

210th Ordnance Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. Activated 14 Apr. 1944. Departed to Camp Breckinridge, Ky., 29 June 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Arthur E. Kehke.

227th Army Ground Forces Band. Arrived 18 Nov. 1943 as Regimental Band, 366th Infantry. Redesignated 18 Jan. 1944. Departed to Camp Breckinridge, Ky., 5 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, WOJG William H. Graham.

228th Station Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1942 as 72d General Hospital. Redesignated 24 June 1943. Departed for overseas duty 7 July 1943. Com. officer, Col. Milton I. Strahl.

231st Station Hospital. Activated 1 Sep. 1943 as 73d General Hospital. Redesignated 24 June 1943. Departed for overseas duty 13 Dec. 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Linwood M. Gable.

237th Station Hospital. Activated 25 Feb. 1943. Transferred to Stark General Hospital, Charleston, S. C. Personnel and equipment transferred to 182d Station Hospital, Camp Breckinridge, Ky., 24 June 1943. Com. officer, Maj. Combs.

249th Quartermaster Service Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Cos. C and D. Arrived 25 Aug. 1942. Departed for overseas duty 16 Apr. 1943. Com. officer, Maj. John C. Strickland.

257th Signal Construction Company. Arrived Sep. 1942. Departed for Camp Forrest, Tenn., 17 Nov. 1942. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Lowell T. Ottinger.

261st Quartermaster Service Battalion. Arrived Sep. 1942. Departed for Hq. Command U. S. Army C. P. E., Charleston, S. C., 1 Oct. 1942. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Odell B. Lamb

264th M P. Company. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Departed for Jackson Bar-racks, New Orleans, La., 14 Feb. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Otto E. Lindgrin.

271st Ordnance M. M. Company. Arrived 28 Aug. 1944. Departed to Fort
Jackson, S. C., 16 Oct. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. Thomas Fleming.

301st Signal Operations Battalion. Arrived 2 Nov. 1943. Departed for over-
seas duty 14 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. G. G. Harwell.306th Quartermaster Railhead Company. Activated 12 Mar. 1943. Departed for maneuvers 22 July 1943. Departed for overseas duty 18 Nov. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Ralph M. Newman.

308th Quartermaster Railhead Company. Arrived 7 July 1943. Departed for overseas duty 18 Nov. 1943. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Robert D. Crow. 317th Station Hospital. Arrived 1 Sep. 1942 as 18th Hospital Center. Re-designated 1 Apr. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 12 Dec. 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. John A. Tamisiea.

329th Quartermaster Depot. Activated 1 Sep. 1942. Departed for overseas duty 15 Apr. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. George W. Day.

338th Engineer Regiment. Activated 4 Sep. 1942. Departed for Camp Claiborne, La., 14 Nov. 1942. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Corman L. Hahn.

349th Ordnance Maintenance Company. Arrived 1 Sep. 1942 as Co. E, 522d Ordnance H. M. Regiment. Redesignated 31 Oct. 1942. Departed for maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 30 Aug. 1943. Permanent station, Camp Campbell, Ky., 12 Nov. 1943. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Allan F. Rowley.

365th Infantry Regiment, 92d Division. Activated 10 Sep. 1942. Departed for Fort Huachuca, Ariz., 26 Apr. 1943. Com. officers, Col. W. A. Elliott and Col. Chester M. Willingham.

366th Infantry Regiment. Arrived 17 Nov. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 18 Mar. 1944. Com. officer, Col. Howard D. Queen.

375th Engineer Depot. Arrived Oct. 1942. Departed for Fort Knox., Ky., 14 Dec. 1942. Com. officer, 2d Lieut. Matthew J. Pacifico.

377th Ordnance H. A. M. Company. Activated 30 Mar. 1944. Departed for Camp Breckinridge, Ky , 29 June 1944. Com. officer, Capt. Howard B. Hueftlein.

379th Quartermaster Truck Depot. Arrived 3 May 1943. Departed for maneuver area 28 Aug. 1943. Permanent station, Camp Rucker, Ala., 1 Oct. 1943. Changed to 828th Amphibious Truck Co. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Joseph G. Allard.

381st Engineer Battalion. To 382d Engineer Battalion, Fort Knox., Ky., 1942.
414th M. P. Escort Guard Company. Arrived May 1943. Departed to Fort Knox, Ky., 7 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. Robert J. Brown.

417th Ordnance L. M. Company. Activated 14 Apr. 1944. Departed for Camp Campbell, Ky., 1 July 1944. Changed to 417th Evacuation Co. Com. officer, Capt. Ralph W. Gundwaldsen.

428th M. P. Escort Guard Company. Arrived Apr. 1943. Departed for Fort Custer, Mich., 24 Jan. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. George Newbert.

428th Medical Ambulance Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. Activated 10 Apr. 1943. Departed for maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 22 Nov. 1943. Permanent station Camp Gordon, Ga., 29 Feb. 1944. Departed for overseas duty 2 Apr. 1944. Companies A to C redesignated 587th to 589th Medical Ambulance companies. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. C. J. Molengraft.

429th M. P. Escort Guard Company. Arrived Apr. 1943. Transferred to
Headquarters, 1537th Service Unit. Com. officer, Capt. Robert L. Tate.

452d Coast Artillery Automatic Anti-Aircraft Battalion. Arrived Jan. 1943. Departed for Fort Sheridan, Ill., 2 Apr. 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Raymond C. Cheal.

453d M. P. Escort Guard Company. Arrived 15 Apr. 1944. Departed for Embarkation 22 May 1944. Com. officer, Capt Alfred C. Johnson.

457th Engineer Depot Company. Arrived Dec. 1942. Departed for maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 24 Mar. 1943. Permanent station Camp Forrest, Tenn., 10 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. Seward B. Wood.

489th Quartermaster Depot. Departed for Camp Campbell, Ky., 1942.

522d Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Regiment (Q) Co. E. Arrived 1 Sep. 1942. Redesignated 349th Ordnance Maintenance Co., 31 Oct. 1942. Com. officer, Lieut. Jack D. Templin.

535th Coast Artillery Automatic Anti-Aircraft Battalion. Arrived May 1943. Departed for Camp Davis, N. C., 24 June 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. William H. Francis.

537th Coast Artillery Battalion (Anti-Aircraft). Arrived Apr. 1943. De-parted for Fort Jackson, S. C., 3 May 1943; then to maneuver area 13 July 1943. Departed for overseas duty 1 Sep. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Beo W. Recer.

569th Quartermaster Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. Activated 14 Aug. 1943. Reorganized 1 Nov. 1943. Departed for Camp Breckinridge, Ky., 3 Nov. 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Charles Shons.

574th Quartermaster Railhead Company. Arrived May 1943. Departed for maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 18 Sep. 1943. Permanent station Camp Shelby, Miss., 21 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Ralph F. Nichols.

577th M. P. Escort Guard Company. Arrived 22 Jan. 1944. Transferred to Headquarters, 1537th Service Unit, 13 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. George Wacker.

587th Medical Ambulance Company (Motor Separate). Arrived 10 Apr. 1943. Departed for maneuver area 22 Nov. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 14 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, Capt. Francis T. Krause. Redesignated from Co. A, 428th Medical Ambulance Battalion.

588th Medical Ambulance Company (Motor Separate). Arrived 10 Apr. 1943. Departed for maneuver area 22 Nov. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 14 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Jolley. Redesignated from Co. B, 428th Medical Ambulance Battalion.

589th Medical Ambulance Company (Motor Separate). Arrived 10 Apr. 1943. Departed for maneuver area 22 Nov. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 14 Feb. 1944. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. Yates. Redesignated from Co. C, 428th Medical Ambulance Battalion.597th Field Artillery Battalion, 92d Division. Arrived 10 Sep. 1942. De-parted for Fort Huachuca, Ariz., 26 Apr. 1943. Com. officer, Maj. Workizer.

608th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Arrived 9 June 1943. Organization disbanded 18 Dec. 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Howard H. Arbury.

610th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Arrived 11 Nov. 1943. Departed for over-
seas duty 29 Mar. 1944. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. William L. Herold.

673d Engineer Topographic Company. Arrived Mar. 1943. Departed for
maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 20 Aug. 1943. Permanent station Camp
Campbell, Ky., 22 Nov. 1943.

717th Railway Operation Battalion. Arrived 5 Apr. 1944. Departed for Camp Thomas A. Scott, Fort Wayne, Ind., 14 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Maj. Caldwell.

721st Railway Operation Battalion, Company A. Arrived 2 Nov. 1943. De-parted for Fort Sam Houston, Tex., 29 Nov. 1943. Com. officer, Capt. Rowe.

721st Railway Operation Battalion, Headquarters and Companies C & D. Arrived 2 Nov. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 29 Nov. 1943. Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Emanuel.

729th M. P. Battalion. Arrived 28 Nov. 1944.

730th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company. See 30th Division of which it was a part.

735th M. P. Battalion. Arrived 25 Oct. 1943. Departed 18 Dec. 1943. 737th M. P. Battalion. Arrived 29 Oct. 1943. Departed 29 Nov. 1943.

749th Medical Sanitary Company. Arrived 26 Apr. 1943. Departed 15 Nov.

750th Medical Sanitary Company. Arrived 26 Apr. 1943. Departed 8 Oct. 1943.

751st Medical Sanitary Company. Arrived 26 Apr. 1943. Departed 8 Oct. 1943.

755th Railway Shop Battalion. Arrived 9 Oct 1943. Departed 20 Nov. 1943. 772d Tank Battalion. Arrived 1 Apr. 1944. Departed 21 Sep. 1944. 773d Tank Destroyer Battalion. Arrived 11 Apr. 1943. Departed 12 Jan.

783d Ordnance Maintenance Company. Arrived 1942.

797th Medical Sanitary Company. Arrived 25 June 1943. Departed 18 Oct. 1943.

798th M. P. Battalion. Arrived 15 Mar. 1945.

806th Ordnance Company. See 106th Division of which it was a part.

822d Tank Destroyer Battalion. Arrived 5 Aug. 1944. Departed 17 Sep. 1944.

895th Ordnance H. A. M. Battalion. Activated 2 Sep. 1942 as 56th Ordnance H. M. Regiment (Q), Co. M.; redesignated 31 Oct. 1942. Departed 18 Oct. 1943. Serviced and repaired motor vehicles for 8th Detachment.

908th Field Artillery Battalion. See 83d Division of which it was a part.

963d Ordnance H. A. M. Company. Arrived 15 May 1944. Departed 2 July 1944.

979th Quartermaster Service Company. Arrived 14 Aug. 1943. Departed 1 Nov. 1943.

980th Quartermaster Service Company. Arrived Aug. 1943. Departed 1 Nov. 1943.

981st Quartermaster Service Company. Arrived Aug. 1943. Departed 3 Nov. 1943.

982d Quartermaster Service Company. Arrived Aug. 1943. Departed 3 Nov. 1943.

Provisional Training Regiment, Aviation, Corps of M. P. Arrived 6 Oct. 1943. Departed 1 Jan. 1944.

1219th M. P. Aviation Company. Arrived 6 Nov. 1943. Departed 14 Jan. 1944.

1220th M. P. Aviation Company. Arrived 6 Oct. 1943. Departed 12 Nov. 1943.

1231st M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1232d M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1233d M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1234th M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1235th M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1236th M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1237th M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1238th M. P. Aviation Company. Arrived 6 Oct. 1943. Departed 21 Jan. 1944.

1239th M. P. Aviation Company. Arrived 6 Oct. 1943. Departed 7 Feb. 1944.

1240th M. P. Aviation Company. Arrived 6 Oct. 1943. Departed 12 Jan. 1944.

1241st M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1242d M. P. Aviation Company. Same dates.

1506th Service Unit, School for Bakers and Cooks. Arrived July 1942. Re-
designated from 1562d Service Unit. Transferred to Fort Knox, Ky.

Detachment at Camp Atterbury under command of Capt. David H. Baker. 1512th Service Unit, Fifth Service Command Motor Pool. Arrived 16 Nov.
1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Motor Pool, 1 Feb.

1534th Service Unit, Reception Center. Arrived 1 Sep. 1944. Redesignated
1560th Service Command Unit, Reception Center, 1 Feb. 1945.

1537th Service Unit. Activated 1 Dec. 1943. Redesignated 1560th Service
Command Unit, Prisoner of War Camp, 1 Feb. 1945.

1558th Service Unit. Activated 9 Nov. 1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Reception Station No. 6, 1 Feb. 1945.

Chemical Warfare Service Station, Engineer Supply, and Finance Sections, 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Inactivated 1 Mar. 1944 and personnel transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit.

Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Inactivated 1 Mar. 1944 and personnel transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Station Complement, Headquarters Section, 1 Feb. 1945.

WAC Section, 1560th Service Unit. Arrived 6 Mar. 1943 as 44th WAAC Post Headquarters Co.; disbanded and personnel assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 3561st Service Unit, 22 May 1943; latter was inactivated 7 Oct. 1943 and redesignated Headquarters Detachment, 1560th Service Unit, WAC Headquarters Detachment; redesignated WAC Section, 1560th Service Unit, 27 Oct. 1943; redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Station Complement, WAC Section, 1 Feb. 1945.

WAC Medical Section, 1560th Service Unit. Arrived 22 May 1943. Redesignated from 3561st Service Unit, WAC Medical Section, 27 Oct. 1943; redesignated 3547th WAC Section, 5 Apr. 1944; redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Wakeman General Hospital, WAC Section I, 1 Feb. 1945; redesignated 21st WAC Hospital Co., 1 Mar. 1945.

Medical Section (W), 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Redesignated Medical Section 1, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Dec. 1943; redesignated Medical Section, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Mar. 1944; latter inactivated 1 May 1944 and personnel transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit.

Medical Section (C), 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Redesignated Medical Section II, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Dec. 1943; redesignated Medical Section, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Mar. 1944; latter inactivated 1 May 1944 and personnel transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit.
M. P. Section (W), 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Redesignated as M. P. Section I, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Dec. 1943; redesignated M. P. Section, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Mar. 1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Station Complement, M. P. Section, 1 Feb. 1945.

M. P. Section (C), 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Redesignated M. P. Section II, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Dec. 1943; this inactivated and redesignated M. P. Section, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Mar. 1944.

Quartermaster and Service Sections, 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Redesignated Quartermaster and Service Section, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Mar. 1944; latter inactivated 12 June 1944 and personnel transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit.

Ordnance Section, 1560th Service Unit. Arrived July 1942. Transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Section, 1560th Service Unit, 1 Mar. 1944.

1560th Service Command Unit (1 Feb. 1945) included:

Station Complement, Headquarters Section, Com. officer, Capt. Harry Leaner;
Station Complement, M. P. Section, Com. officer, Capt W. H. Howard; Station Complement, WAC Section, Com. officer, Lieut. Eleanor Laing; Motor Pool, Com. officer, Capt. Farris D. Burton; War Dept. Personnel Center, Com. officer, Col. Bert S. Wampler; Reception Center, Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Carroll D. Funk; Prisoner of War Camp, Com. officer, Col. John L. Gammell; Reception Station No. 6 Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Donovan McGee; Special Training Unit, Com. officer, Lieut. Col. Lysle W. Croft; Separation Center, Com. officer, Lieut. Col. John E. Brannan;
Packing Squad, Com. officer, Capt. Louis T. Alexander; Wakeman Hospital Center, Com. officer, Col. Frank L. Cole; Wakeman General Hospital, Com. officer, Col. Harry F. Becker; Wakeman Convalescent Hospital, Com. officer, Col. Charles T. Young; Medical Dept. Enlisted 1 echnicians School. Commandant, Col. Frank L.
Cole; assistance commandant, Col. Humphrey C. Ervin.

1562d Service Unit, School for Bakers and Cooks. Arrived July 1942. Disbanded 10 July 1942 and personnel transferred to 1506th Service Unit, School for Bakers and Cooks, Fort Knox, Ky., with detached service at Camp Atterbury.

1584th Special Training Unit. Arrived 2 Nov. 1943. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Special Training Unit, 1 Feb. 1945.

1585th Service Unit Activated 15 Oct. 1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Separation Center, 1 Feb. 1945.

1596th Service Unit, Packing Squad. Activated 12 Apr. 1943. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Packing Squad, 1 Feb. 1945.

3430th Ordnance Company. Arrived 1942. Departed to Camp Carson, Colo., 15 Feb. 1943.

3479th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company. Activated 16 Sep. 1942. Departed for maneuver area, Nashville, Tenn., 20 Apr. 1943. Later mail-ing address, Camp Forrest, Tenn. Com. officer, 1st Lieut. James P. McCarthy.
3532d Ordnance Battalion. Arrived 12 Apr. 1943. Departed for overseas duty 25 Jan. 1944. Com. officer, Capt Herbert J. Grunke.

3545th Service Unit. Activated 20 July 1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Medical Department Enlisted Technicians School, 1 Feb. 1945.

3547th Service Unit, WAC Section. See WAC Medical Section, 1560th Service Unit

3547th Service Unit, Detachment Medical Department. Activated 5 Apr. 1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Wakeman General Hospital, Medical Section, 1 Feb. 1945.

3555th Service Unit, Casual Company. Activated 1 June 1943. Inactivated 15 July 1944. Com. officer, Capt Albert W. Gudal.

3561st Service Unit, WAC Headquarters Section. Arrived 6 Mar. 1943 as 44th WAAC Post Headquarters Co., and redesignated 22 May 1943. Redesignated as 1560th Service Unit, WAC Headquarters Detachment, 7 Oct. 1943; redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Station Complement, WAC Section, 1 Feb. 1945.
3561st Service Unit, WAC Medical Section. Arrived 22 May 1943. Re-designated 1560th Service Unit, WAC Medical Detachment, 27 Oct 1943. 9266th Cadre. Arrived July 1943. Departed to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., 9 Aug. 1943.

Detachment of Patients, Wakeman General Hospital. Activated 5 Apr. 1944. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Wakeman General Hospital, Patients Section, 1 Feb. 1945.

Wakeman General Hospital. Activated 5 Apr. 1944. Com. officer, Col. Haskett L. Conner. Redesignated 1560th Service Command Unit, Wake-man General and Convalescent Hospital, 1 Feb. 1945.


54th WAC Company. Arrived 1946.

80th Field Hospital Company. Arrived late in 1945; redesignated 279th General Hospital Company, Dec. 1945.

108th WAC Company. Arrived 1946.

3597th Service Command Unit, formerly part of 1560th SCU, of Wakeman hospital's technician and reconditioning section, 1946.

Wakeman General and Convalescent Hospital. Activated 1 Feb. 1945; continued under this title until 20 Apr. 1945.

Wakeman Hospital Center. Activated 20 Apr. 1945; continued until Dec. 1945 when the Wakeman General Hospital was reactivated and continued until Dec. 1946. 

(1)  E. J. Kahn, Jr., and Henry McLeinore, Fighting Divisions (Washing-ton, D. C., 1945) , 102-4.

(2) Kahn and McLeinore, Fighting Divisions, 122-23.

(3)  See Robert L. Hewitt, Work Horse of the Western Front, The Story of the 30th Infantry Division (Infantry Journal Press, Washington, D. C., 1946).

(4) Kahn and McLeinore, Fighting Divisions, 148-49; Combat Divisions of World War II (War Department, [1945]).

(5) A portion of the material presented in this chapter is from the official record of the internment camp in the Kansas City Army Records Center.

(7) The newspaper was printed on the Star presses, the Star doing all composition and press work and furnishing all newsprint and providing all costs of publication, except engravings which were paid for by the Army. All editorial matter and news and art work were provided by the public relations office of Camp Atterbury, which had all responsibility for news content and proof reading. The Star received as its only compensation all advertising revenue. At the highest point over 36,000 copies were printed. Letter from Robert A. Todd of the Franklin Star to the Historical Bureau, April 28, 1948.

(8) From The Atterbury Crier, September 10, 1942.

(1) Copied from Camp Atterbury Official Records at the Kansas City Records Center, 1946. The list appeared in an abbreviated form in the Camp Crier, June 2, 1945.

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