On this day in Alabama history: Army renamed Camp Rucker to Fort Rucker

On this day in Alabama history: Army renamed Camp Rucker to Fort Rucker
Hangar at the Army Aviation Museum, 2007. (James Emery, Wikipedia)

October 13, 1955

The U.S. Army officially renamed Camp Rucker to Fort Rucker after declaring it a permanent installation and relocating the Army Aviation School from Oklahoma onto the base. Founded as an infantry training camp in Dale County during World War II, Camp Rucker served as the training site of four infantry divisions and later housed German and Italian prisoners of war until the war’s end. Today, the 64,000-acre base is the state’s largest military installation with a daytime population of 19,000. The fort is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the Army Aviation Museum, which houses the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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