I have spent many good years of my life and my career in the U.S. Army right here at Fort Leonard Wood (FLW). Enjoy this brief history and check out the rest of the “Show Me Fort Leonard Wood” published by the FLW Public Affairs Office (PAO).
The history of Fort Leonard Wood dates back to the dark days just before World War II. By 1940, war had engulfed Europe and much of Asia. By then, many Americans believed that it was only a matter of time before the country would be drawn into what was rapidly becoming a global conflict.
The nation’s leaders worked to increase the size of the armed forces, procure modern equipment and merge the two into an effective fighting force. One of the major challenges was finding suitable training areas for the expanding Army. In 1940, the War Department decided to establish a major training facility in the Seventh Corps area. This command comprised most of the states of the central plains. The site for the new training center was south-central Missouri. On Dec. 3, 1940, military and state officials broke ground for what was known as the Seventh Corps…
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