Camp Ord 1930s
Camp Ord was just beginning to advance out of it's infancy. Growth was still in the planning stage. So most of the troops were living in a small tent city located in the area known as the, 'East Garrison' as shown in the card on the left. While some of the wooden barracks were starting to be built. It would be some time before the troops were able to utilize them. The card on the right is of the 'Tent Theater.' The tent was used to show movies, hold religious services, and as a main assembly area for the troops.
Fort Ord 1940
At the beginning of the nineteen forties. America was at peace. Just as the second year was coming to an end. America found itself involved in a great World War. A war that would change a generation. The world would be grateful to this 'Great Generation' for the sacrifices they made to protect America and it's way of life. The card on the left shows parade ceremonies on the main parade grounds. The card on the right shows troops assembling for departure on buses for various duty stations and locations.
Fort Ord 1950
At the beginning of the nineteen fifties. America found itself involved in a United Nations, 'Police Action.' Within three years, America would be at peace again. The card on the left shows how some of the barracks at the fort. Shared a beautiful view of the ocean and Stilwell Hall with the troops that were lucky enough to be billeted within. The card on the right is of the Station Hospital that was located on the fort.
Fort Ord 1960
The nineteen sixties was a turbulent time. Fort Ord was in it's hey day of training. Vietnam was demanding a large number of trained individuals. The fort was cycling trainees every eight weeks. A number of those graduated were sent 'In Country.' The card on the left is of the Infiltration Course. An intimidating crawl through the dirt with machine gun fire whistling just four feet overhead. The card on the right is of the Close Combat Course. An assault training exercise that involved a hill, with explosives and live ammunition, while advancing forward in a combat scrimmage line. The trainees were graded on their ability to assault the hill effectively as a team.
Fort Ord 1970
During the first few years of the nineteen seventies. Fort Ord continued to train individuals for Vietnam. By the four year the demand for troops had subsided and the next step for the U.S. Army was to establish an all volunteer command. The card above is a collection of photos that were taken during the nineteen sixties.
Fort Ord 1974
It was Oct 25, 1974, when the 7th Infantry Division(Light) occupied Fort Ord. The Division was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, and deactivated for a brief period of time. In October 1985, the Division was resurrected as the 7th Infantry Division(Light) at its old post, Fort Ord, CA. The Lightfighters of the Bayonet Division were called to Honduras in 1988 for "Operation Golden Pheasant" and to Panama in 1989-90 for "Operation Just Cause". In August 1993, part of the Division was reassigned to Fort Lewis and subsequently deactivated in June 1994 at Fort Ord. The 7th Infantry Division was reactivated on June 4, 1999, at Fort Carson, Colorado,
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