June – Five Years Ago

Author: unknown
Puka Puka Parades, June 1947, vol. 2 no. 4

Timeline of June 1942 when the 100th left for mainland training to Camp McCoy.

May 29, 1942. Officers and EM alerted for organization and prospective movement of unit to continental United States by Maj. Gen. J. Lawton Collins, Chief of Staff, HHD.

June 5, 1942. Unit activated as Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion at Schofield Barracks with 28 Officers and 1405 Enlisted Men; departed from Pier 24-25 aboard U.S.A.T. Maui for continental United States. Lt. Col. Farrant L. Turner in command.

June 12, 1942. Arrived at Oakland, California; departed via rail(three trains) to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.

June 15, 1942. Train #2 arrived Camp McCoy at 10 p.m. Tents set up and equipment drawn.

June 16, 1942. Train #1 pulled in at McCoy 11:00 p.m. and Train #3 at 3:00 p.m.

June 17, 1942. Physical exam for all.

June 20, 1942. First baseball practice.

June 21, 1942. Headline from La Crosse Tribune — “Strangers Take Over Sparta; Residents Stay Home Evenings.”

June 23, 1942. Pvt. Larry M. Ochiae of Company C passed away at 0418 in Tomah Hospital after an appendectomy operation.

June 30 1942. Victory Rally in Madison. Platoon from Headquaters[sic] Company shined in Parade.