Pine Camp Cantonment (1941)
In 1940 the US Army selected Pine Camp as a divisional training facility, and a Division Cantonment (intended to be temporary for the duration of the war only) was constructed. The size of Pine Camp was expanded to 110,000 acres; numerous local communities were purchased in their entirety to facilitate military training. During World War II, the 4th Armored Division became established at Pine Camp, and both the 45th Infantry Division and 5th Armored Division trained at Pine Camp.
During this period, Pine Camp also hosted training for various smaller units. These units included several Tank Destroyer organizations and the Secret 23rd Headquarters Special Troops (who practiced the art of deception on the battlefields of Europe and forced the German Army to chase a "Ghost Army").
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Erected by the 10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum.
Location. 44° 2.293′ N, 75° 47.884′ W. Marker is in Fort Drum, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Mt. Belvidere Boulevard south of Enduring Freedom Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Visitors Park Information Center, Fort Drum NY 13602, United States of America.
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Regarding Pine Camp Cantonment (1941). Access is restricted due to the marker being on an active military installation; visitors should expect to provide proper ID and automobile registration/insurance paperwork for post entry.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Drum History. (Submitted on November 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Drum Through The Years. (Submitted on November 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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