Jan 1, 1942 - Declaration of the United Nations signed by 26 Allied nations. CAMP PUTTING END TO NINEVEH SCHOOLS. Two in Area - Third Out But Will Lose All Its Pupils. FARM EXODUS KEEPS UP. More Families in Military Reservation Leave for New Homes.
Jan 2, 1942 - Units of the 38th Division leave Indiana for Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
Jan 3, 1942 - Camp construction due in few weeks says letter from War department engineer.
Jan 7, 1942 - War department silent on camp. Approved, say capital source; To begin all at once.
Jan 8, 1942 - State to finish dual lane route to cantonment. Section between Greenwood and by-pass to receive immediate attention. Other improvements. Highway commission announces Road 46 may receive attention. Farm Security administration establishes a branch office in Edinburg to aid farm families who must be evacuated from the area of the new cantonment.
Jan 9, 1942
- Go-sign on camp job is
expected before Sunday. Project manager still without word at
mid-afternoon. Work on organization. No other word here.
Jan 12, 1942 - Merchants want camp named for Benjamin Franklin.
Jan 13, 1942 - Germans begin a U-boat offensive along east coast of USA. -- Pennsy begins building spur into cantonment. Constructing "Y" at Durham crossing. Start campaign to name camp for Bartholomew in honor of George Joseph Bartholomew, for whom the county is named.
Jan 14, 1942 - War Department announces decision to launch project of new Army camp. Proceedings begin immediately for procurement of land. Camp may be named after General John J. Pershing. Joe Springer is chief in charge of negotiations. 10 or 12 negotiators to be named later. Start railroad siding. Pennsy files court action or right-of-way onto cantonment area. Big enough for 125 cars. Phone company plans new structure. Negotiating for building site at Edinburg.
Jan 15, 1942 - Franklin plans for Army camp boom. 2,000 workers to stay here, officials say.
Jan 17, 1942 - Congressman Earl Wilson to take petitions back to Washington, calling for new Army Camp to be named Camp Tipton. 5,000 acres to be taken first, agent is told. Land use planning group at Purdue informs A. V. Keesling, county agent, the Camp is approved. Calls swamp Armory. Franklin is warned to prepare for 2,000 workers
Jan 19, 1942 - MacArthur is suggested as name for Army camp. Propose new camp be named Camp Lombard. Other suggestions - Driftwood Creek, Camp Johnson, Camp Benjamin Franklin, Camp Colin Kelly, Pacific hero of present war, and Camp Curl, for the first Indianapolis soldier know to have died in the present conflict.Report 7,000 acres to be bought soon.
Jan 20, 1942 - SS Leader Heydrich holds the Wannsee Conference to coordinate the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question." May restore traction line to solve camp transportation problem. To condemn 7,400 acres today. Farmers told indirectly they must vacate in 10 days. Rumors not made official.
Jan 21, 1942 - Rommel's counter-offensive from El Agheila begins. Representative Earl Wilson guesses Camp will be ready in 6 months.
Jan 22, 1942 - Speed plans to dual-lane road. State Highway Commission awaiting word on location of camp entrance.
Jan 23, 1942 - 40 barns available for camp evacuees. Temporary quarters for feed and livestock offered; More expected later; Area survey beginning.
Jan 24, 1942 - 7,271 acres condemned. Must evacuate 2,500 acres by February 14th. Others in area must be out by March 24th. Suggest camp be named for General MacArthur.
Jan 25, 1942 - Japanese troops land on the Salomon Islands.
Jan 26, 1942 - First American forces arrive in Great Britain. -- The name Amity, has been suggested for the new Army cantonment to be built. Land negotiations start Tuesday. Owners ready to hear how much they get. 18 own property to be vacated by February 14.
Jan 27, 1942 - 1st load of lumber arrives at camp site. Draft registrants in camp condemned area given 60 day deferment.
Jan 28, 1942 - Wants camp to be named Camp John H. Tarlton.
Jan 29, 1942 - Eighteen own property that must be vacated.
Jan 30, 1942 - Contract for 8-mile rail line let; New Road 252 route set. Contract calls for 8 miles of tracks into and inside of the camp.
Jan 31, 1942 - Graves of Revolutionary War dead to be moved. Matthias Parr, New Jersey Pvt.: Dayton's 3 N. J, Regiment, Revolutionary War. April 17, 1846 & John Poe, Virginia, Pvt. Belfield's company, Bland's Regimen,. Revolutionary War, Oct. 9, 1834. -- U. S. Marshall and two deputies begin serving Eviction Notices to land owners in camp area. First sale in new camp area brings Mrs. Nancy Harter, $3,240.
Feb 2, 1942 - Rail spur work begins; Cable for phone laid; Union moves in.
Feb 3, 1942 - Start survey to move graves. War Department contacts cemetery people at Edinburg.
Feb 4, 1942 - MacArthur favored as name for camp by Grange. Camp to receive military name: Names such as Camp Lombard, Camp Hoosier, Camp Sacrifice, Camp Victory, and Camp Franklin are out. Still under consideration are Camp Bartholomew and Camp Lew Wallace. New names suggeted locally include Camp Shillingford and Camp Haven.
Feb 5, 1942 - 40 families find selves outside of camp area. Still some doubt about 2 churches and one cemetery. General Van Voorhis visits project. Camp area cut by 12,000 acres. 40,000 remain.
Feb 6, 1942 - REMC to keep power on to farms until land evacuation.
Feb 7, 1942 - Low bid total above 33 million. Project expected to cost considerably more than original estimates.
Feb 9, 1942 - Cantonment leads Red Cross to hire fulltime secretary.
Feb 13, 1942 - Bulldozer kills workman on camp rail spur. Carl Swisher of Flora dies of broken back; crushed beneath construction equipment. -- Hospital units ready to go up for camp. Construction firm moves in, sets up offices. Section A-1 to contain 619 buildings at $10,099,780. Section A-2 for 559 buildings at $10,374,348.
Feb 14, 1942 - Initial excavation work begins at site of new Army camp. CAMP ATTERBURY to be name of new Army camp. Evacuation day here, some farmers still remaining on tracts. 3 owners hope for extension. Others on way to new locations. Mr. E. A. Bridges, Mrs. Nellie Henderson and Nr. and Mrs. Jasper Davis hope for extension.
Feb 15, 1942 - Sumara & Singapore fall to Japanese.
Feb 16, 1942 - Last family moves out. Bridges farm is evacuated. Hurd company moves into W. D. Pritchard farmhouse. CAMP ATTERBURY chosen for new Army camp. Comes as a surprise as the name had never been suggested.
Feb 17, 1942 - Third Company Sets Up Offices in Camp Area. Fourth Expected Today--- Union Offices at Edinburg Are Through. Hurd firm is moving main camp offices into Columbus Armory.
Feb 18, 1942 - Contractors for 6 of 8 sections here by next week.
Feb 19, 1942 - President
Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 placing Japanese-Americans in
Internment camps. Japanese troops capture Bali.
Army asks new bids on
final parts of camp. Sections A1 and A2 divided into 8 sub-sections for
smaller companies. To open bids March 12. Contracts still to be let
include major portions of camp buildings.
Feb 20, 1942
- START DIGGING
FOR BUILDINGS AT CAMP SITE. Machines Go into Action Grading and Excavating
for Hospital Group. Drainage Area Cleared. Two large sections
divided; Bids to be opened March 12.
Feb 21, 1942
- Excavation work
begins in camp on site for hospital. Grading on the former Middleton
estate, north of old SR 252.
Feb 23, 1942
- ANOTHER FIRM MOVES ON
SITE OF ARMY CAMP. 0'Driscoll and Grove, Inc., Unloads Material for Office
Building. SUES FOR POSSESSION
Feb 25, 1942
- Plumbers' union sets
up branch office for camp.
Feb 20, 1942 - START DIGGING FOR BUILDINGS AT CAMP SITE. Machines Go into Action Grading and Excavating for Hospital Group. Drainage Area Cleared. Two large sections divided; Bids to be opened March 12.
Feb 21, 1942 - Excavation work begins in camp on site for hospital. Grading on the former Middleton estate, north of old SR 252.
Feb 23, 1942 - ANOTHER FIRM MOVES ON SITE OF ARMY CAMP. 0'Driscoll and Grove, Inc., Unloads Material for Office Building. SUES FOR POSSESSION
Feb 25, 1942 - Plumbers' union sets up branch office for camp.
Feb 26, 1942 - CAMP ATTERBURY officially announced by Congress. Comes as a surprise as the name had never been suggested.
Feb 27, 1942 - 1,000 believed working now in camp area. New contractors moving in daily. Hurd office growing.
Feb 28, 1942
- READY TO PUT IN FOUNDATIONS ON CAMP SITE. Concrete Company Sets Up Plant
Near Hospital Group Buildings. 800 MEN NOW AT WORK
March 4, 1942 - Pour footings for Camp unit. Foundation One Building in Hospital Group In - Work in Mud.
March 5, 1942 - Flood lights speed work on camp site. 24 acres taken for new water wells. Captain gives merchants idea of camp magnitude. To start buying land here soon Government may begin acquiring property in this county in 2 weeks.
March 6, 1942 - Camp named in honor of General Will Wallace Atterbury. General Order No. 12.
March 7, 1942 - Camp workers warned about drinking unapproved water. Half of camp wells condemned. Labeled unsafe for use by workmen. First deeds on camp land are recorded here. Government formally given titles to 59 acres as U. S. begins actual buying task.
March 8, 1942 - Japanese troops capture Rangoon, Burma.
March 9, 1942 - Japanese troops capture Java.
March 11, 1942 - 3,000 acres more to be lopped off U. S. reservation. Heflen's Camp and Hartman's Water Front to be left out. Negotiators laid off. Move indicates some time may pass before more land is bought.
March 12, 1942 - US Marines land
on New Caledonia.
14 or more to find land
out of camp area. Heflen camp spared.
March 13, 1942
- To save million on
one section of Camp Atterbury. Low bids on four parts nearly that much
below first offer. Open others tomorrow. At least 3 contracts expected to
be let immediately
March 17, 1942
- Blair Company needs
housing for 300 key men. Contractor of biggest job at Camp says situation
here worst he's seen. To employ 7,000 to 10,000. Only 20 to 25
percent of workmen will live in trailers, he says. Land left out of
Camp area listed officially. New north line of camp area made
public. 15 Johnson county tracts are eliminated. 19 farms on east side of
Bartholomew county also out.
March 13, 1942 - To save million on one section of Camp Atterbury. Low bids on four parts nearly that much below first offer. Open others tomorrow. At least 3 contracts expected to be let immediately. Half of camp wells condemned. Labeled unsafe for use by workmen.
March 17, 1942 - Blair Company needs housing for 300 key men. Contractor of biggest job at Camp says situation here worst he's seen. To employ 7,000 to 10,000. Only 20 to 25 percent of workmen will live in trailers, he says. Land left out of Camp area listed officially. New north line of camp area made public. 15 Johnson county tracts are eliminated. 19 farms on east side of Bartholomew county also out.
March 18, 1942 - Army to close building area to traffic. Sightseeing motorists to be banned effective Saturday. Road 252 and others barricaded.
March 19, 1942 - PLAN TO CLOSE ROADS LEADING INTO CAMP AREA. Barricades Will Be Put Up Saturday on Highways in Construction Area. WILL BAR SIGHTSEER. Persons Still Residing in Condemned Zone to Have Temporary Passes.
March 20, 1942 - First use of the gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
March 21, 1942 - 2,000 at work now as project is given push. Weather boosts employment at Atterbury - Full scale operations near. Personnel office opens. Blair, Main contractor, sets up hiring post near union's place. 86 camp tracts must be vacated by next Tuesday. Most farmers out already. 9,000 of camp soldiers will be colored, authority says.
March 23, 1942 - Negotiations for other camp land to get under way. Ready to buy territory in Kansas and below Ohio Ridge Road. New men for contacts. All negotiators except Chief from outside Bartholomew County. 9,000 colored troops coming. Also 20,000 white soldiers from Ohio. Negotiations on for additional Atterbury acres. Real estate office ordered to dicker for land located in southern Bartholomew county.
March 24, 1942 - Prepare to Move 500 Graves from Camps Site. Original layout of all graves will be maintained. City begins to feel pressure of camp rush. Brisk demand for quarters is recorded at Chamber of Commerce. First troops to move in July 15. 500 officers, 1,000 men may come while work still goes on.
March 25, 1942
- START RAZING FIRST HOUSE IN CAMP AREA. Number of Homes, Barns and Silos
to Be Offered for Sale. Beats Oil Well. $180 a month offered for
Columbus room by 6 camp workers.
CCC WORKS ON SALVAGE. May
Be Quartered Within Reservation-Land Buying Is Extended. 5 THEATERS
IN PLANS OF CAMP. Field House, Club Room and Other Facilities to Be Built.
March 27, 1942 - Camp land not to
revert from U. S. ownership. Special legislation would be required for it
to go back. More options signed. Owners in Western part of county divided
on prices offered. 60 water wells closed - Atterbury water situation
March 28, 1942
- Congress may act to
revert Camp land back to crops after war over.
March 27, 1942 - Camp land not to revert from U. S. ownership. Special legislation would be required for it to go back. More options signed. Owners in Western part of county divided on prices offered. 60 water wells closed - Atterbury water situation is cleared.
March 28, 1942 - Congress may act to revert Camp land back to crops after war over.
March 30, 1942 - Army taking bids for grave removal.
April 1942 - Japanese-Americans sent to relocation centers.
April 1, 1942 - 70 cars of Atterbury freight shoved on siding in one day. Most freight unloaded at Edinburg, but heavy machinery is unloaded at Franklin, and rolled through Franklin, down the Mauxferry Road, as the SR 252 bridge is not sturdy enough.
April 2, 1942 - To move 483 bodies from five old cemeteries in camp area. Columbus declared defense area, Wilson advises. Wires Mayor Owens and Supt. Hughes information from Washington. Building boom is seen. Critical materials will be available with high priority rating. WPA to start work at Camp. Grant will be used to maintain highway. More men - more trucks to move in. Says 30,000 soldiers to be at Atterbury. Another Army spokesman, whose identity remains a secret, has placed the number of troops to be housed at Camp Atterbury to be around 30,000. Work started on all parts of Army camp. Employment Tops 2,500 Mark as Fair Weather Aids Construction. JUMP SEEN NEXT` WEEK. Kutsche and Thompson-Fisher Firms Under Way - Buildings Springing Up. $378,000 allotment made to improve roads into Atterbury. WPA to work on roads.
April 3, 1942 - Camp eating points expand. Health regulations issued - Plans made for box lunches. May shift camp mail center to Franklin. Edinburgh's postal facilities not up to greater volume.
April 6, 1942 - Board of officers met at Seymour to inspect proposed site of a new Army airfield. Government to acquire titles. Declaration of taking filed against condemned part of camp land. 7,271 acres of Bartholomew and Johnson county land already condemned. Postal Service to provide free letter mailing for servicemen. To qualify for free posting service, a service man's letter must bear the word "free" plus his name and rank in upper left corner of envelope.
April 7, 1942 - Deliver 100-Car Stove Shipment Into Army Camp. Contractors Required To Provide Storage Space For Huge Shipment. Rain holds up work at camp. Huge shipment of stoves proves headache - no storage.
April 8, 1942 - Rain holds up work at camp. Huge shipment of stoves proves headache - no storage. Still Don't Know Where Entrances to Camp Will Be. Tatlock thinks no more reductions in acreage will be forth coming. Recommends Jail Be Equipped For Additional Prisoners. Inspector suggests Camp calls for new capacity schedules. Young Supervisor of Camp Rail Spur Dies in Wreck. Arvin Verplank, 26, Killed near Edinburg, son of Calumet Paving head. Killed as his car sideswiped a truck.
April 9, 1942 - $272,000 Deposited in Court as Land Payments for 28 Owners. Payment for 1,528.44 acres of land.
April 10, 1942
- Heflen's Camp to house
CAMP ATTERBURY workers.
Columbus is in defense area. Tells Amick city was so designated by
Federal Securites Administration on March 14. More details sought.
April 11, 1942 - Camp Atterbury's workers register at special center. Construction men in 45-64 age bracket sign thee in draft. Location and Chief Registrar to be announced later. Heflen Camp quits as resort; To house Atterbury workers.
April 13, 1942 - May ask for more time on camp. Some contractors fear penalties, blaming unfavorable weather. Young folk planning socials for Camp Atterbury soldiers.
April 14, 1942 - 37 Men start training to aid populace in case of Air Raid.
April 15, 1942 - 940 acres to be left of Nineveh as camp comes. All but 4,000 of Union Township also to be engulfed. $990,000 off valuation. County to lose that much taxable property - Three boundary changes. Another 60-acre tract eliminated from camp area.
April 16, 1942 - Town of Kansas disappears within new CAMP ATTERBURY lands.
April 18, 1942 - US B-25's under LTC Doolittle bombs Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan. Employment at Atterbury passes 5,000. Hod carriers and laborers hired at rate of 300 a day. To send calls for men. Unions to contact locals outside area to augment forces. Hourly carpenter wage is $1.30 per hour.
April 20, 1942 - Quicksand ditch at CAMP ATTERBURY traps workmen. One hurt seriously.
April 21, 1942 - Union carpenters walk of CAMP ATTERBURY construction job due to wage dispute.
April 23, 1942 - German air raids begin against cathedral cities in Britain. 19,450 employment peak expected on Army camp project. 200 Camp carpenters stop work because of wage scale difference. Walk out not sponsored by union.
April 24, 1942 - Carpenter walkouts appear to have little effect. Work continues. A. W. Schlosser loses four fingers of his left hand at 5:30 pm at Camp Atterbury in accident involving cement mixer.
April 25, 1942 - Job walk-off by carpenters delays camp. Part of reported shortage of help in vital areas of project. Statement is issued. O'Driscoll and Grove sets forth issues on bill passed out to men. Dispute over 12 1/2 cents per hour. Camp workman hurt as truck overturns at Hospital door.
April 28, 1942 - State Highway Commission to pave Camp route, a 1/2 mile stretch from Road 31 to the East entrance of CAMP ATTERBURY. This gave rise to the assumption that the War Department has finally figured out where the entrance to the camp will be.
April 28, 1942 - Carpenters in camp petition U. S. to step in. Get signatures today, asking action on wage controversy. Sanitation issue up. Paper refers to health conditions - Statement made by Winebrenner, head of Columbus district office of the Indiana State Board of Health. State Highway Commission to pave Camp route, a 1/2 mile stretch from Road 31 to the East entrance of Camp Atterbury. This gave rise to the assumption that the War Department has finally figured out where the entrance to the camp will be.
April 29, 1942 - More carpenters leave Camp Atterbury jobs.
April 30, 1942 - Union carpenters at CAMP ATTERBURY return to work.
May 1, 1942 - Washington finds carpenter scale is $1.30 per hour. Union's business agent at Edinburg notified of decision. Men return to work. Call for 900 more is sent out as controversy is settled. Army takes 25,000 acres here by condemnation.
May 2, 1942 - 275 more acres go to government for camp. Five owners get checks. Decision on Camp wage scale calls for $1.30 per hour for carpenters. Val Ulrey, Village Blacksmith, Dies.
May 4-8, 1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea.
May 6, 1942 - US troops forced to surrender at Corregidor.
May 7, 1942 - Shortages of materials seen to be serious. Camp contractors, with highest priority rating, run into difficulties. Dearth delays work. U. S. production and transportation of supplies lag behind demands.
May 8, 1942 - German summer offensive begins in the Crimea.
NEW BUILDINGS GLEAM AGAINST SCARED EARTH. Atterbury to Be as
Picturesque as Any Camp in Midwest. USE 96,000 TONS OF STONE.
May 14, 1942 - County Heads and camp Men Discuss Roads. 130 miles of highway will be affected if cantonment comes here. To delay all work. Commissioners wait definite word - Franklin Star hints site to north.
May 15, 1942 - British forces surrender Burma to Japanese.
May 16, 1942 - Fifteen inches of rain in 3 1/2 months keeps Atterbury soaked.
May 20,1942 - Specifications on Camp changed to conserve supplies. Five feet off barracks chimneys. Will save one million bricks and the labor to lay them.
May 21, 1942 - 10,000 now at work as camp goes up fast. Change plans in buildings at Atterbury. Material shortages causing many alterations at camp. Must be ready August 18. Expect Army labor troops to arrive here in three weeks. Camp Atterbury area now declared officially as a defense housing critical area. The rating entitles the community to priority assistance for construction of defense worker housing.
May 22, 1942 - Mexico declare war on the axis powers.
May 23, 1942 - Most work at camp soon to go on 7-day week. 10-hour day with $110 weekly wage for carpenters likely. Hundreds more hired. Atterbury swarms with men - Edinburg hardware stores 'raided.'
May 25, 1942 - 11,000 at work on Atterbury project. 9,000 yet to come according to reports.
May 26, 1942 - Rommel begins an offensive against the Gazala Line. German sub leaves Lorient, France, enroute to US with 1st group of saboteurs.
May 27, 1942 - Assignation attempt on SS Leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. He dies 4 June. General Millikan heads 83rd Division at Atterbury. Assigned as commanding Officer of 83rd Infantry Unit to Be Stationed Here. Comes from Kansas Cavalryman, Former Staff Member Will Direct New Division. Maj. Gen. Millikin is chosen as Atterbury camp commander.
May 28, 1942 - Col. Modisette, first Post Commander arrives at CAMP ATTERBURY. Second German sub leaves Lorient, France enroute to US with group of saboteurs.
May 30, 1942 - First thousand bomber British air raid (against Cologne). War Dept. confirms Modisette for camp. Col. Welton M. Modisette as commanding officer of Camp Atterbury has been confirmed.
May 31, 1942 - Another dies at Atterbury. Heat believed to have led to heart attack - Six others in hospitals.
June 1942 - Mass murder of Jews by gassing begins at Auschwitz.
June 1, 1942 - Survey work commences for Atterbury AAF. Rain at Camp Atterbury on 65 of last 120 days.
June 2, 1942 - CAMP ATTERBURY activated. First General Order issued.
June 3-5, 1942 - Battle of Midway, ends with one American aircraft (USS Yorktown) and four Japanese (Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Hiryu) aircraft carriers sunk.
June 4, 1942 - Heydrich dies of wounds. Another dies at Atterbury. Heat believed to have led to heart attack - Six others in hospitals.
June 5, 1942 - Germans besiege Sevastopol. Residents move out of Harrison Twp. Gulleys. 2 more camp men treated for illnesses.
June 6, 1942 - Staff officers tour camp site. Three here today from Fort Hayes at Columbus, Ohio. Surveyor bitten by Copperhead snake early in morning - comes for treatment that afternoon.
June 7, 1942 - Camp Atterbury will not endanger city's water supply. Plenty available for everybody, Cornell expert in field finds. May use river source. Big filter plant would be constructed if necessary. Surveying parties get into regular 'jungles'. Encounter poisonous snakes.
June 8, 1942 - Col. Henry E. Tisdale appointed Atterbury Executive Officer.
June 10, 1942 - Nazis liquidate Lidice in reprisal for Heydrich's assassination. Camp payroll helps to push retail sales. Half-million weekly at Atterbury felt in Columbus trade. Soldier pay is next. Further boom in may lines is predicted - Jobs offered.
June 11, 1942 - Camp worker shot by rifle. Madison youth is brought here after being hit while at target practice. 600 trailers and 100 tents in local area. Three school buses also help house camp workmen and families. Health problems rise. State officials act but there's still room for improvement.
June 12, 1942 - Small towns here cash in on Atterbury. Taylorsville, Clifford, Crossing and Flat Rock feel prosperity. Farmers get in on it. Many take in boarders and roomers at profitable rates.
June 13, 1942 - First group of German saboteurs land on beach at Amagansett, Long Island. Other officers are appointed for Atterbury. Additional members of Col. Modisette's staff are announced. Plan baker's school. First big group of troops expected at camp during month of August.
June 15, 1942 - Worker's arm is torn off. Camp employee caught in conveyor, bone severed near shoulder.
June 17, 1942 - The second group of four men was landed on a beach a few miles below Jacksonville, Florida. After their landings, these men dispersed to various parts of the United States but they were all in federal custody by June 27, 1942. The saboteurs were Ernest Peter Burger, age 36, George John Dasch, age 39, Herbert Hans Haupt, age 22, Edward John Kerling, age 34, Richard Quirin, age 34, Hermann Otto Neubauer, age 32, Werner Thiel, age 35, and Heinrich Harm Heinch, age 35
June 18, 1942 - First Medical Officer arrives at CAMP ATTERBURY. Work force peaks at 14,000. More deeds to U. S. are filed. Property in County Transferred for Army Reservation. Camp about 60% complete. Work force begins to diminish.
June 19, 1942 - Camp Area in County Looks Dead, Deserted. With 11 Days Left to Vacate, Most Have Moved Out.
June 20, 1942 - Camp Evacuees Gather As Tinkey Sells Out. Chant of Auctioneer Again Sounds in Nineveh Twp.-- Attend Sale. 2 More Taken to Hospitals. Saw Comes Loose, Cuts Man's Arm. New construction men move in at camp. Roofers, Plumbers and others added, replacing those finishing work. Solicit bids on garbage produced by Camp. Must be collected daily, including weekends, and contractor must have a plant and equipment not more than one mile from camp boundaries. Can be used as hog feed.
June 21, 1942 - Rommel captures Tobruk.
June 22, 1942 - 13,000 now on camp job; Colonels set up offices. Shortage of materials still delay job. Commandant's quarters prepared.
June 24, 1942 - MORE PROPERTY IS TRANSFERRED. Additional Tracts in Atterbury Area Turned Over to United States.
June 25, 1942 - Eisenhower arrives in London.
June 26, 1942 - Lafayette firm wins bid for paving road into Camp Atterbury. Cost to be $43,559. REMC relocates lines serving 60 farms near Camp Atterbury.
June 27, 1942 - Camp payroll drops to 11,000; Streets named. Camp Sign Posts Put Up - Slowness in Materials Cuts Worker Peak. Block signal is moved near camp. Pennsy takes system from Edinburg point.
June 29, 1942 - 11,000 camp workers now; 100 more miles of roads closed. Street signs being erected. Streets in one direction are given letter names such as "A" and streets in the other direction are numbered.
June 30, 1942 - Rommel reaches El Alamein near Cairo, Egypt. ARMY ACQUIRES 25,900 ACRES OF LAND IN COUNTY. War Department Takes Over Rest of Area for Atterbury Reservation. 900 RESIDENTS GO OUT. Roads into Western Bartholomew Blocked. Guards to Be Posted. Jobs offered in new Camp shops. Civilian labor to be used in heavy equipment repair shops.
July 1-30, 1942 - First Battle of El Alamein.
July 1, 1942 - Camp Atterbury exchanges will employ 200 civilians. Man electrocuted brushing against high-tension line. Camp WPA worker is killed instantly on Atterbury housetop.
July 3, 1942 - Germans take Sevastopol. NEGRO TROOPS ARRIVE AS CAMP WORK DETAIL. First 100 on Hand ---- 200 White Soldiers Coming Wednesday. WIND UP HEAVY JOBS. Contractors See Completion - Employment Down to 9,000 - 10,000. Work on Camp Project Continues on July Fourth. No let-up for 10,000 construction workers.
July 4, 1942 - Land offices leave Armory. More soldiers for Atterbury. Group goes through city. Many in Columbus last night.
July 7, 1942 - WPA worker at Atterbury electrocuted. Negro killed by high tension line while on top of building. Second fatal accident. Wire slips off board being used to keep it clear of moving structure. Atterbury Post Office to be branch of Columbus. All camp mail to go through here. Staff to be increased. Jeeps on carriers attract big crowd. Three truck loads of "jeeps" passed through Franklin Tuesday morning about 9:30 causing a rather large crowd to gather on Jefferson Street. It was assumed the Army midget vehicle were enroute to Camp Atterbury. Government pays $13,000 for 150 more acres of land, west of Furnas Mills. Cora Tate Brown, Nancy A. Harter, Mabel Fergerson Cobb, Edward Schanke. Camp Atterbury to get 20,000 books from Indianapolis Victory Book Campaign.
July 8, 1942 - NINEVEH ASKS TO BECOME PART BE GERMAN TWP. Less Than 1,000 Acres Remain in Unit Because of Camp. PETITION IS FILED HERE. Remainder of Landowners Make Request of County Commissioners.
July 9, 1942 - Germans begin a drive toward Stalingrad in the USSR. Rumors Camp will be enlarged gather weight.
July 10, 1942 - General Millikin and staff arrive at CAMP ATTERBURY. Commander of 83rd Division Arrives at Atterbury Post. 9,785 STILL AT WORK Construction Runs Race With Arriving Groups of Soldiers. 1,000 soldiers may arrive; Expanding Camp's facilities. 22 more Hospital buildings to go up. 200 Jobs open in Camp Exchanges.
July 11, 1942 - Army Considers Including Strip Along West Side of Road 31 Near Edinburg. WANT MORE RIVER AREA. Parts of German Township and Blue River in Johnson County Included. Speed work on big field house & Guest Houses. Sleeper delivers soldiers right up to Camp barracks. 41 men on Pullman car cut into Atterbury on new railroad spur.
July 13, 1942 - CAMP TO HAVE FULL ARRAY OF TRAINING AIDS. 9-Mile Long Artillery Range Among Facilities to be Built at Atterbury. TANK COURSE INCLUDED. Obstacle Run Also Planned for Troops, Along With Anti-Aircraft Range. 1,000 acres will be added. Paper says Camp to expand Eastward.
July 14, 1942 - 75 PERCENT OF CAMP AREA IS UNDER OPTION. Court Action to be Necessary to Get Only Fourth of Land. U. S. ATTORNEY IS HERE. Gives Figures on Status of Property in Military Reservation.
July 15, 1942 - POSTAL BRANCH GOES TO WORK IN ARMY CAMP. Full Service is Offered Officers and Men in Cantonment. ELLIOTT PUT IN CHARGE. TRUCK COMPANY MOVES TO CAMP. Will Assist in Mobilization. Demand for Quarters Continues Here.
July 16, 1942 - First big body of troops arrive at CAMP ATTERBURY. Trains Bear Contingent of Several Hundred into Atterbury. First big body of troops ride into camp today. Hundreds of men roll into camp. Non-coms in 83rd arrive on several railroad trains. First major soldier influx reaches new station on schedule. FORM SKELETON OUTFIT. Newcomers, Chiefly Non-coms from Ft. Riley, Are Greeted by Old Chief. Camp to have full array of training aids.
July 17, 1942 - UNIFORMED MEN FILL STREETS IN FIRST BIG VISIT. Army Comes to Town But We 'Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet'. 117 STOP IN AT USO. Many Remain Until Early Morning - Colored Troops Among Visitors. Acquires land to relocate Road 252 above Atterbury. Fire-fighters for Camp Department are wanted. Award contracts for new building projects in camp. Preparing for 15,000 more men. No added land is needed. First men to hop off troop train - 8 photos. U.S. TAKES 59 TRACTS OF LAND. Declaration Issued in Federal Court Filed in Recorder's Office.
July 18, 1942 - NEW BUILDINGS ADDED TO PLANS FOR ATTERBURY. Original Number Increased by 45 to 50. Including New Field Hospital. TWO CONTRACTS ARE LET. No Confirmation Received on Rumors of Large-scale Enlargement. Expansion calls for 27 new buildings. Nurse's quarters are among new structures.
July 20, 1942 - Maj. Gen. Millikan to speak at county Red Cross meeting. Parade, Welcome for new men at camp to be held. 1st retreat for 83rd today. 1st soldier commissioned. Window-washing job is a "pane" -- 550,000 of them at the new Army camp near Edinburg.
July 22, 1942 - First deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto to concentration camps; Treblinka extermination camp opened. Military Police Make Appearance on Columbus Streets. Atterbury to get WAAC delegation. "Lady Soldiers" are slated to arrive.
July 23, 1942 - First artillery firing at CAMP ATTERBURY. VD Control Program begins operation. Firing ranges at Atterbury to be in use on Monday. Public warned about trespassing from that date on. Report addition to Camp hospital.
July 28, 1942 - Seymour job contracts let. Firms working on Camp Atterbury get part of flying school.
July 29, 1942 - Construction Officer appointed for Atterbury AAF. 1 of 5 theaters in Camp to open. First movie shown at CAMP ATTERBURY. Over 200 sent from here to jobs at camp. Local employment office is helping supply Atterbury employees. Shop staffs riddled. Many skilled men in Columbus take civil service positions.
July 30, 1942 - Tommy guns cover cash for Atterbury payroll. MPs with loaded Tommy Guns guards Columbus bank transfer of cash to Camp Atterbury to pay the soldiers.
July 31, 1942 - Richmond Railroad line to be re-activated for use by Atterbury AAF. 80 Barbers to Keep Hair Short at Camp Atterbury.
Aug 1, 1942 - Dental Clinic opens at CAMP ATTERBURY. -- 295 bodies moved from camp area to new cemetery.
Aug 4, 1942 - Several hundred more troops arrive at Camp; More find homes here. Truck Convoy Brings Men to Serve With Post Complement. 84 RENT QUARTERS HERE. New Houses and Apartment; Go on Market to Meet Demand. Atterbury, Hoosier rail expert, is honored here. Camp Named for a man that Took Hard Way to Fame.
Aug 6, 1942 - Government pays $47,000 for 2 big Deming, Christina farms.
Aug 7, 1942 - OTHERS ARE PAID FOR CAMP LAND. $47,615 in Checks Presented Owners for Tracts Totaling 460 Acres. British General Bernard Montgomery takes command of Eighth Army in North Africa. US Marines land on Guadalcanal.
Aug 8, 1942 - 2,339 acres to be bought for new Atterbury AAF. -- 39th Evacuation Hospital Unit arrives at CAMP ATTERBURY. GERMAN TWP TO BENEFIT FROM CONSOLIDATION. Commissioners Give Approval to Nineveh Residents' Merger Request. WILL TAKE OVER FUNDS. German Gets from $8,000 to $10,000 Cash and School Equipment. Col. Modisette's Grandfather Led First Party to Settle Terre Haute. Camp Workers Down to 4,000. Employment is cut 3,000 in two weeks. To beautify grounds.
Aug 9, 1942 - Battle of Savo Island. Japanese win naval battle of Guadalcanal. 17 buildings will be added to Camp Atterbury. Bids invited on additional structures at Camp Atterbury.
Aug 10, 1942 - Pennsylvania RR presents portrait of General William Wallace Atterbury to Col Modisette, commander of CAMP ATTERBURY. Army adopts 24-hour clock system. Has been in use by Navy since 1920. Everybody gets bid to see new Camp Saturday. Public invited to witness re-activation of 83rd Division. Gen. Ben Lear coming. Commanding officers of Second Army on program at Atterbury. Camp given portraits of General Atterbury. Face Is Familiar. Another Local Tie With 83rd Division Recalled - Everson's Outfit.
Aug 12, 1942 - Stalin and
Churchill meet in Moscow.
ALL EDINBURG CAFES REJECTED. Fail to Meet Requirement Asked by
CAMP ATTERBURY Officials.
-- Gen. Millikan relieved as head of 83rd Division. Heads to new post assignment. Succeeded by Brig. Gen. Frank W. Milburn.
300 Jobs under
civil service at Atterbury open. Firemen, laundry workers and other
employees needed at camp. Plants here ask help. Industry and Air
Base project want people for positions. Big crowd expected at
camp ceremonies. Meals for 4,000 planned.
Aug 13, 1942 - Construction begins on Atterbury AAF. General Milburn arrives.
Aug 14, 1942 - The Raid on Dieppe took place. Its mission was to test German coastal defenses. It was carried out primarily by Canadian troops. The raid turned into one of the greatest allied fiascoes of the war. The element of surprised was completely lost, and the air force was unable to provide sufficient air support. Of the 4,963 Canadians who took part 3,367 were killed wounded or taken prisoner. Fantastic dream of U. S. Engineers comes true. Camp Atterbury is ready to greet Lear and civilians. Lt. General expects to speak tonight at Atterbury. Thousands to see post. Others to "attend" ceremonies via radio broadcast.
Aug 15, 1942 - General Ben Lear comes for Atterbury opening. 15,000 hear Lear greet new 83rd Division at camp. Hundreds pour into cantonment area to se the ceremonies. "Happy Birthday", Schricker. General Lear says new division may be in action in 7 months. -- Gen. Lear arrives to receive 83rd. Stage is set as crowd gathers. Gen. Ben Lear, commanding general of the 2nd Army, one of America's most colorful military figures, reviews troops. 83rd Division activated at CAMP ATTERBURY. Consisted primarily of Ohioans Identified by black triangular patch with gold superimposed Letters, O, H, I, O - reactivated at CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana, -- Division units: 329th, 330th & 331st Infantry regiments, 322nd, 323rd, 324th, and 908th Field Artillery Battalions, 308th Engineer & 308th Medical Battalions, 83rd Artillery Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 83rd Headquarters, 783rd Ordinance, 83rd Quartermaster, 83rd Signal Companies, A& 83rd MP Platoon.
Aug 17, 1942 - LANDING FIELD NEAR GRAMMER GETS APPROVAL. Purchase of 640 Acres of Farmland Authorized by Government. First all-American air attack in Europe. Army to spend 5 millions more at Camp Atterbury for new buildings. Plan for 1,325 more soldiers. It's a swell camp, more than 25,000 visitors to Camp Atterbury agree.
Aug 18, 1942 - COLORED FOLK DISCUSS CAMP. Residents Plan for Entertainment of Negro Troops on Leave. PLAN 40 MORE CAMP BUILDINGS. To Negotiate Contracts This Week. Still Others May Be Added.
Aug 19, 1942 - ACTUAL WORK ON ( Atterbury )AIR BASE IS STARTED TODAY. Fences Torn own and Grading Equipment Moved into Area. FIRST GUARDS POSTED. Residents Start Moving Off Farms Just North of City.
Aug 20, 1942 - New stickers required for Camp Atterbury autos. On sale Monday to all civvies and khaki-clad. Don Veller named Camp Atterbury athletic director.
Aug 22, 1942 - Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
Aug 23, 1942 - Massive German air raid on Stalingrad.
Aug 24, 1942 - CAMP ATTERBURY needs used furniture for 340 day rooms.
Aug 25, 1942 - MAIN CAMP ATTERBURY JOB IS NEARLY DONE; 2,500 WORKING. Construction Boom Fades as Employment Falls to Low Level. SELECTEES COME LATER. Postponement of Arrival of Big Contingents Gives Time to Finish. Camp Atterbury's own ovens now turning out Camp's bread. Bakery to employ 30 full-time cooks on a 24-hour basis.
Aug 26, 1942 - Tract for new cemetery is deeded to US. Site along US 31 and one mile north of Edinburg. First Chapel Service in one of 12 Chapels at Camp held. To ask bids soon on paving project into Camp from newly re-routed Road 252.
Aug 27, 1942 - APPROVE PLAN 'TO ENTERTAIN' NEGRO TROOPS. 75 Representatives of Local Organizations Told There Is No `Problem.' ARMY IS REPRESENTED. Two Majors, Captain Speak -- Colored Leader Cites Record of Loyalty.
Aug 28, 1942 - Camp Laundry ready to roll - Army hunts 300 civilian workers.
Aug 29, 1942 - Local Folks to Appear In Big Camp Atterbury Show.
Aug 31, 1942 - Camp guard is killed on duty with own weapon. The first fatality involving military personnel at CAMP ATTERBURY occurred late Sunday night when Pvt. Robert W. Gribler, M.P. in the 1560th SU accidentally discharged his shotgun while on patrol duty on the motor pool. -- Health clinic established here only for venereal disease. Insignia goes from shoulder to collar.
Aug 31, 1942 - Camp Atterbury guard is killed on duty with own weapon. The first fatality involving military personnel at Camp Atterbury occurred late Sunday night when Pvt. Robert W. Gribler, M.P. in the 1560th SU accidentally discharged his shotgun while on patrol duty on the motor pool. First officers arrive at Freeman AAF.
Sept, 1942 - 38th Division leaves Camp Shelby, Mississippi for Louisiana Maneuvers.
Sept 1, 1942 - 8th Detachment, Special Troops, 2nd Army activated at CAMP ATTERBURY. EATING PLACE ORDER ISSUED. Post Commandant Tells Men To Watch For Health Card Signs.
Sept 2, 1942 - Rommel driven back by Montgomery in the Battle of Alam Halfa. Sept 2, 1942 - Captain Arrasmith is promoted to Major. He is in charge of all construction at CAMP ATTERBURY and Atterbury AAF. Camp Atterbury Chapel to be scene of inaugural wedding.
Sept 3, 1942 - Atterbury soldier to spend days in Franklin College, nights in Camp bakery.
Sept 5, 1942 - Colored USO authorized for troops at CAMP ATTERBURY. 2nd Wedding at new Camp. Indianapolis bride to wed 2nd Lt. at 3 this afternoon. Camp Atterbury to solicit bids on forage crops.
Sept 8, 1942 - Lt. Col. Hahn commands service regiment at Camp Atterbury.
Sept 9, 1942 - First Edition of the "Atterbury Crier".- 83rd Div. in strenuous training.- 92nd Div. components form here.- 30th & 31st Signal Construction Corps are activated here.- WAACs will be here in December.- Bugler or Rations - just call for Co. F, 41st Engineers.- USO Clubs: Columbus - 4th & Franklin, Franklin - 2nd floor of City Hall, Indianapolis - 128 Wabash (just behind - the Bus Terminal).- Building 110 Sports Arena to be center of activity at Gatling & 29th, diagonally across from main PX. Walesboro and Grammer airfields condemned. Residents Have Until Oct. 9 to Move Under Court Order. Sept 9, 1942 - Grade A Milk Law at Hope May Force Action By Council in Columbus. Ordinance Adopted by Town and Supply to Be Available Soon from Cedar Grove Dairy. REQUIRED FOR ARMY O.K. Restaurants Must Serve It If Obtainable to Be Approved. CAMP ATTERBURY will use 9,000 quarts of milk per day. 880-Yard obstacle course serves as Army "conditioner."
Sept. 10, 1942 - 365th Regiment & 597th FA units of the 92nd Division activated at CAMP ATTERBURY. -- US Army takes three panoramic photos of CAMP ATTERBURY from vantage points on water towers (on web site). Atterbury Corporal seeks costly shaver.
Sept 11, 1942 - Camp Atterbury will use 9,000 quarts of milk daily.
Sept 12, 1942 - POUR FIRST CONCRETE AT (Atterbury) AIR BASE HERE. Can You Remember Way Back Six Months Ago?
Sept 13, 1942 - Battle of Stalingrad begins.
Sept 14, 1942 - WAACS at Camp Atterbury to have beauty parlor, 3 laundries.
Sept 15, 1942 - COLORED U.S.O. IS AUTHORIZED FOR COLUMBUS. National Office Reports Plan Approved for Serving Negro Troops. BUILDING HERE SOUGHT. Contracts to Be Let.
Sept 17, 1942 - First plane lands at Atterbury AAF (Lost Navy plane). Red Cross needs 80 workers per day to roll bandages.
Sept 18, 1942 - Future of Union Township topic of hot debate. One factor wants it to continue as one entity, another doesn't. Two-thirds of it gone. Remainder left by camp may be divided between other units. HUNDREDS OF FARM BUILDINGS TORN DOWN. Construction in Reverse Is Going on All Over Camp Area. MATERIAL TRUCKED OUT. 50 Houses, 40 Barns and Other Structures Still for Sale.
Sept 21, 1942 - CAMP ATTERBURY streets named for famous Hoosiers. "Alphabet Streets" renamed for men in Hoosier history.
Sept 23, 1942 - POW Camp authorized for CAMP ATTERBURY.
Sept 24, 1942 - CAMP PAPER TO START FRIDAY. First Issue of "Atterbury Crier" Planned-To Go to All Troops Free. Camp to have weekly paper. Franklin Star will publish "Atterbury Crier", first edition out Friday.
Sept 25, 1942 - General Milburn, commander of the 83rd division, gets second star. CAMP ATTERBURY streets receive new names - First issue of CAMP ATTERBURY's 'Atterbury Crier' weekly newspaper. -- Building 110 Sports Arena to be center of activity at Gatling & 29th, diagonally across from main PX. 83rd in training. 92nd Division components form here. 30th & 31st Signal Const. Corps activated. WAACS here in December. Company F, 31st Engineers. USOs in Columbus, and Indianapolis.
Sept 26, 1942 - 83RD TRAINS STRENUOUSLY. Conditioning Program Is On For Task Of Handling Raw Recruits Soon. Camp Radio idea is considered by B. B. C.
Sept 28, 1942 - Colonel Tisdale, Camp Atterbury Executive Officer is given full rank of Colonel. Camp Atterbury "Bobcats" to appear here for Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Oct 1, 1942 - 10,000 Gideon bibles arrive for CAMP ATTERBURY troops by Gideons. Stored Here By Ray Gress Until Dedication Week From Sunday.,
Oct 2, 1942 - Ace Brigode brings Betty and Band to CAMP ATTERBURY - 80 buildings going up in Block 8. Will house 1300. - Col. Tisdale promoted. - Dedication of all 12 chapels Wednesday. - Camp has largest private phone exchange & most modern. Combat Team of 92nd now part of Army. Col. Hitchcock, Selective Service Head For State. Addresses Troops At Activation Rites. $ 1,200,000 PAID FOR LAND TAKEN FOR ATTERBURY. Amounts Due Those Who Refused to Sign Options Not Included. 58 TRANSFERS IN COURT. Government Acquires 25,882 Acres Here, 425 in Brown, 10,385 in Johnson.
The Queen Mary, with 15,000 United States troops onboard, was close to the coast of Ireland, and zigzagging to deter both U-Boats and German Aircraft that may be seeking her out. The 4,290 ton light cruiser HMS Curacoa was engaged in convoy escort duties with the Queen Mary. While both ships were zigzagging, the Curacoa crossed the Queen Mary's bow with insufficient clearance. The Queen Mary knifed into her at a speed of 28 knots, cutting the Curacoa in two. Separated by about 100 yards, she sank instantly with 338 casualties. The Queen Mary did not falter or slow down,, despite the fact of a 40 foot gash in her bow, for fear of German submarines. The convoy behind picked up 26 survivors.
Oct 4, 1942 - Combat Team of 92nd now part of Army. Col. Hitchcock, Selective Service Head For State. Addresses Troops At Activation Rites
Oct 5, 1942 - A German eyewitness observes SS mass murder.
Oct 6, 1942 - CAMP ATTERBURY on air for radio show. "It's Time For Taps" will make debut Thursday evening at 9:15 pm.
Oct 7, 1942 - Dedicate 12 Chapels in cantonment area of CAMP ATTERBURY. Area Engineer Gives Keys Of Chapels To Commander At Service In Atterbury; Inspection Follows.
Oct. 9, 1942 - Keys to 12 new Chapels at CAMP ATTERBURY presented to Col. Modisette. 83rd Division has "Time for Taps" Radio Show. 457th Engineers begin basic training. $78,900 approved for Edinburg USO. Veterans head 2d Army units, 365th Infantry
Oct 10, 1942 - Smoke and dust clouds rise at Walesboro field. Trees Dynamited and Homes Razed At New Flying Center. TO SELL MORE FARM BUILDINGS. Approximately 255 structures in Atterbury to go on block next week. FIRST BOY BORN AT ATTERBURY.
Oct 11-12, 1942 - Guadalcanal - Cape Esperance: The US force of two heavy and two light cruisers and five destroyers attacked the Tokyo express in an attempt to reinforce Guadalcanal. In the battle, the US force bested the Japanese one, sinking one destroyer and one cruiser, and heavily damaging a second cruiser.
Oct 12, 1942 - SALVAGE SALE OPENS TUESDAY
Oct 14, 1942 - 92nd will be activated at special rite. Thursday morning ceremonies to be staged at four scattered stations of Negro division.
Oct 15, 1942 - 92nd's colors wave anew at camp ceremony. Today's reactivation program marks rebirth of famed "Buffalo" unit. To include 4,500 men. General Colbern and Colonel Hitchcock, draft head, at Atterbury.
Oct 16, 1942 - 92nd Div. Combat Team activated with impressive ceremonies. CAMP ATTERBURY Hospital among finest in Nation. -- 1st all soldier motor repair shop inaugurated here. Laurel & Hardy in "A Haunting We Will Go" plays at the Franklin Artcraft.
Oct 17, 1942 - Colored USO Club will be set up here
Oct 18, 1942 - Hitler orders the execution of all captured British commandos. Minute Man Flags Are Presented to Four Plants at Big Ceremony.
Oct 19, 1942
U. S, TAKES 1,440 ACRES OF LAND. More County Farms Become Property
of Government Today. BUGLER RESTS. One Regiment At Atterbury
Installs Record System. 3,500 Acres in Brown County go
to Camp. Artillery range is increased by 6 miles on Western edge.
Oct 21, 1942 - Brown County 3,500 acres has already been surveyed. Was included in original plans. 83rd Division wants foreign military relics for training.
Oct 22,1 942 - Commander named for air school and fields. WANT RELICS--83rd Division Appeals For Enemy Equipment For Use in Training Men.
Oct 23, 1942 - British regain El Alamein. Post Headquarters building being remodeled.
Oct 24, 1942 - Soldier dies in Atterbury camp mishap. Morris Braun killed in accident near division headquarters. To make investigation. First traffic fatality among soldier personnel at camp. 83rd Soldier dies in accident. Traffic mishap in front of 83rd Division Headquarters kills T4 Morris Braun, of Headquarters Co, 329th Infantry, 83rd Division.
Oct 26, 1942 - Battle of Santa Cruz islands. US loses Carrier Hornet.
Oct 27, 1942 - First Baby born at new CAMP ATTERBURY Hospital.
Oct 30, 1942 - 8th Detachment Troops pave the way. Skulls offer mystery here when dug-up at Camp Atterbury.
Nov 1, 1942 - Operation Supercharge (Allies break Axis lines at El Alamein).
Nov 3, 1942 - 1,000 More Bodies To Be Moved Out of Atterbury.
Nov 5, 1942 - CAMP ATTERBURY puts all local restaurants off-limits due to sanitation problems. All food serving establishments must agree to serve Grade A milk. Camel Caravan - 1st of Atterbury's big USO shows coming for 2 day show.
Nov 6, 1942 - 1st big sham battle on Camp.
Nov 7, 1942 - Sham Battle is Fought In County Hills to West. USO building for whites given approval. "D" type structure costing $78,900 is okayed by the President.
Nov 8, 1942 - Operation Torch begins (U.S. invasion of North Africa). Motor Repair Outfit Has Everything But Mechanic
Nov 9, 1942 - 83rd Division reaches full strength at CAMP ATTERBURY. 4 MORE MEN TO ATTERBURY POST OFFICE. Local Residents Swell Staff to 16 Civilians at Camp Branch. 83RD PIONEERS IN COMPLETE SPEEDY CLASSIFICATION TASK. Camp Atterbury occupies 1/5th of all acres in Indiana taken for war effort
Nov 11, 1942 - Germans and Italians invade unoccupied Vichy France. Bagpipe artist at Camp Atterbury is pro-entertainer. 83rd Infantry Division's Pvt. Alex S. (Sandy) McPherson entertains troops with bagpipes and Italian singing. Soldier dies at Camp Atterbury. Fall fatal to West Virginian, 22 - Parents at bedside when death came.
Nov 13, 1942 - 1st gas attack staged on post. 264th MP Company stands first retreat. "A" gasoline ration books available. Banking agency setup for Camp Atterbury.
Nov 16, 1942 - Ohio Ridge Burial Plots being moved.
Nov 17, 1942 - Forest Fire, Wind-Blown Perils Camp Atterbury. Brought under control one mile from border.
Nov 18, 1942 - COMPANY GETS 4 STREAMERS. 83rd Signal Unit Adds To Guidon Decorations With Four Silver Bands
Nov 19, 1942 - Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad begins.
CHOW CALL. Atterbury Boys Will Get Turkey Dinner on Thanksgiving
Day. 83rd Division launches "Know Your Enemy" campaign.
Nov 22, 1942 - Captain Cooper Is Transferred from Atterbury To Handle Local Field.
Nov 24, 1942 - CAMP SALVAGE STILL ON SALE. Buildings And Other Articles In Atterbury Area Are Still Available.
Nov 25, 1942 - Camp Atterbury contractors use 200,000 KWH's of electricity.
Nov 27, 1942 - French naval ships scuttled in Toulon harbor. 11 new American citizens naturalized here. USO building plans announced for colored troops. Located at West King St., near Booker Washington School.
Nov 28, 1942 - Saturday train service from CAMP ATTERBURY to Indianapolis initiated. DANCES HELD AT ATTERBURY. USO building plans announced for white soldiers. Location not yet found.
Nov 30, 1942 - PRIVATE AT CAMP ATTERBURY ONCE KNEW HITLER. ROOM HONORS FALLEN HERO.
Dec 1, 1942 - Freeman AAF at Seymour, Indiana officially activated under Col Elmer T. Rundquist.
Dec 2, 1942 - Professor Enrico Fermi sets up an atomic reactor in Chicago. Bob Hope pays surprise visit at Service Club after two shows. Father, son, both in 83rd. In same regiment too, as pair have happy holiday at Camp Atterbury.
Dec 3, 1942 - Option taken on white USO site. Axt-Hitz property on South Main Street.
Dec 4. 1942 - Bob Hope broadcasts show nation-wide on the NBC Network, through WIBC-Indianapolis, from Theater #4, CAMP ATTERBURY. Jerry Colonna, Francis Langford, Vera Vague & Skinny Ennis come with him. Bob Hope pays surprise visit at Service Club after two shows. Francis Langford sings "You Made Me Love You", "Tangerine", Manhattan Serenade". 83rd Division's benefit show in Indianapolis to feature Fabien Sevitzky leading the Cannoneers.
Dec 5, 1942 - Detachment, 907th Quartermaster Company arrives at Freeman AAF.
Dec 8, 1942 - Edinburg Swamped. More Military Police Asked. Rigs heads Camp Atterbury water works.
Dec 10, 1942
- USO for colored soldiers to open soon. To be know as "King Street
WITH THE LADS AT THE U.S.O.
Dec 13, 1942 - Rommel withdraws from El Agheila.
DEADLINE FOR LEAVING HOMES. Only Six Residents
in Brown County Addition to Camp Atterbury Affected.
Dec 17, 1942 - British Foreign Secretary Eden tells the British House of Commons of mass executions of Jews by Nazis; U.S. declares those crimes will be avenged.
Dec 18, 1942 - Blackstone the Magician presents his show of magic. Solicit for 4,200 cookies for troops at Christmas. Camp Hospital asks Canteen Committee of Red Cross for speedy order.
Dec 19, 1942 - Officer who "built" Atterbury leaves; Work started in cornfield.
Dec 21, 1942 - Jeep wreck hurts five in army. Four seriously injured as tiny vehicle hits bridge along Mauxferry Road. Wives of soldiers here for holidays find rooms scarce.
Dec 22, 1942 - MacArthur Wires A Christmas message .
Dec 24, 1942 - Composer of "Jersey Bounce" plays in Band here. 83rd Unit undergoes simulated gas attack from air while hiking. Composer of "Jersey Bounce" plays in orchestra here. Camp Atterbury Chapel Dedication Set - 83rd Division.
Dec 26, 1942 - POLICE CALLED TO HANDLE JAM AT RESTAURANT. Only Three of Fifty Eating Places Open to Feed Holiday Crowd. HUNDREDS FROM CAMP. Many Soldiers Pass Up Christmas Dinner at Atterbury.
Dec 28, 1942 - Classes on 'How to Behave Around Arabs' given at CAMP ATTERBURY.
Dec 31, 1942 - Battle of the Barents Sea between German and British ships. Hard rains hinder work at CAMP ATTERBURY - 14,000 workers here at one time. Camp covers 40,000 acres - 17,000 buildings. CAMP ATTERBURY denies Congressman's charge that it bought 100,000 pounds of pepper. Pictorial Review of 1942 at Camp Atterbury published in Crier. Atterbury Net Team plays Harlem Globe Trotters. Loses 34 to 29.
James D. West www.IndianaMilitary.org