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Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA
1 Mar 51 - 1 Sep 53
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Sunday, September 10, 2006 9:48 PM
 
Only "Peace time" because the Battalion (and Division) were not deployed overseas - they were a major training unit for the Korean War.
There is limited information about this period of activation.
 
 

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Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, near Harisburg, PA., was a major training base during WW II, but was mothballed shortly after the end of the war and used only for training PA National Guard troops. The commander of the PA Guard (Gen Weber) realized that more training areas were required for the troops being sent to Korea and lobbied the Federal Government to reactivate the base. Coincidently, reopening the base would offer employment to hundreds of locals and stimulate the area's economy. The Feds concurred and the base was reactivated in January 1951. The first tenant was a 100 bed hospital.

On 4 Mar 51, Department of the Army General Order Number Six set up the Fifth Division (Training) at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation with its initial complement.

In June, 1951,General Weber, as Reservation Advisor, in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers, began an immense "face-lifting" program of the facilities which were in a state of serious neglect due to the fact that no major maintenance projects had been effected since World War Two. The face-lifting program called for the painting and renovation of all buildings. A total of $53,788,624.20 in Federal funds was expended or obligated for this period on the rehabilitation of Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Roofing costs were over half a million dollars. During the period of 25 June 1951 through 31 August 1952, civilian payroll was $4,497,418.63 Communications cost $128,827.61.

5th INF DIV (TRAINING) gave IGMR a military population of over 17,000 troops. During mobilization for the Korean conflict, regular training for the National Guard was carried out simultaneously. The Division traind over 32,000 troops for duty in Korea as well as numerous National Guard and Reserve Units from across the nation.

 



POST WWI: FT. JACKSON; FT. BENNING
POST WWII: CAMP CAMPBELL, LADD AFB, FT. JACKSON
KOEAN WAR ERA: INDIANTOWN GAP
GERMANY
FT. ORD
FT. CARSON
FT. POLK
; PANAMA
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