Camp Upton
Camp Upton was one of 16 cantonments built to train soldiers quickly upon the United States’ entry into World War I in 1917. The camp was located on nearly 20,000 acres of scrub pine forest on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. Later, it was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp and was rebuilt for use in World War II. It is now the site of Brookhaven National Laboratory. It was the home of the 77th “Liberty” Division, whose soldiers, many from the New York area, distinguished themselves in battle in the Argonne Forest in France near the end of the war. Its most famous soldier, Irving Berlin, wrote “God Bless America” and Yip Yip Yaphank, a “military mess,” while training there.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467127530
: Arcadia Publishing
: 12/04/2017
: New York
: Images of America
: 203 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Suzanne Johnson served as local history librarian, assistant director, and director of the Longwood Public Library in Middle Island. She is the author of “Longwood Long Ago,” a history pamphlet for students. David Clemens is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Brigade of the American Revolution and was the director of the Longwood Public Library. The images in this book come primarily from the Thomas R. Bayles Local History Collection in the Longwood Public Library. Additional images are from Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Brookhaven Town Historian’s Office, Suffolk County Historical Society, and private collections.
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