World War I

Camp MacArthur

Waco, Texas Camp MacArthur, named for Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur (father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur), was established in July 1917 to become the training camp of the 32nd Infantry Division which was made up of federalized National Guard units from Michigan and Wisconsin. The National Guard units arrived in September 1917 […]

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Camp A.A. Humphreys

Accotink [Ft. Belvoir], Virginia Camp A.A. Humphreys [sometimes spelled Humphries], named for Civil War Brigadier General Andrew A. Humphreys and built on the Potomac River near George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon home, was authorized in December 1917 and construction began in January 1918. In May 1918 the camp was designated as an engineer replacement and […]

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Camp Mills

Mineola (Garden City), Long Island, New York Camp Mills was established in September 1917 as a temporary camp. It was the birthplace of the famed 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division comprised of hand-picked National Guard units from 26 states and the District of Columbia which was commanded by then Colonel Douglas MacArthur. It also became one […]

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World War I

On This Day: 19 April 1917, “Wake Up, America” Day

On 6 April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson had declared America’s entrance into the Great War and a nation-wide recruitment effort to build America’s armed forces was under way. A demonstration day was set up across the country to coincide with Patriots’ Day (or Lexington Day) – a commemoration of the the Battles of Lexington and […]

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