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Camp Atterbury was constructed in 1942 from land purchased in Bartholomew, Johnson, and Brown Counties.  The Camp was named after Gen. William W. Atterbury, director of Transportation of the A. E. F. in World War I, and President of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The 83rd, 92nd, 30th, and 106th Divisions all trained at Camp Atterbury and the camp's hospital included a 9,000 bed facility.  The hospital treated more than 85,000 patients during World War II, and was one of the U.S. Army's plastic surgery centers.

The Camp also served as an internment camp for approximately 15,000 Italian and German prisoners of war.  The prisoners were housed in a large compound located on the extreme western edge of camp.  

William J. Moriarty Sr., a First Lieutenant in the Army, took the following Camp Atterbury photographs.  Forty of Moriarty's three hundred seven photographs are exhibited here.  


1st Sergeant and Non-com WACs
22 Jun 1943

Grey Ladies graduation
1 Jul 1943

Group of WACs and civilian women
1943

1560th Service Unit
2 Jul 1943

Field oven and incinerator
3 Jul 1943

Maj. Gen. Gullion, Col. Modisette, Lt. Col. Gammell. Maj. Powell
7 Jul 1943

Four Freedoms with T/5 Norma Boudreau and Mas. Ser. Louis Dovilla
12 Jul 1943

Gov. Schricker and Col. Modisette
16 Jul 1943

1560th S.U. and WACs at review
16 Jul 1943

Tin can salvage loaded by men of the 980th QM Service Co.
15 Oct 1943

Two person Japanese submarine
2 Aug 1943

Dance at Service Club #2
5 Aug 1943

Nurses promoted at the 118th Sta. Hospital
12 Aug 1943

Swearing WACs into Army
10 Aug 1943

Guard Mount of the 1560th S.U. MP section
12 Aug 1943

Thompson machine gun
Aug. 1943

Major talking to civilians about tanks
Aug. 1943

Demonstration of cost of personal gear 
Aug 1943

Swearing in of WAC officers
27 Aug 1943

Hostesses at Service Clubs #1 and 2
4 Sept 1943

Officers in Finance Office getting pay rolls for their units
31 Aug 1943

WAC birthday dance
1 Sept 1943

WAC birthday dance
1 Sept 1943

Rookies from the 42 Signal Corp
14 Sept 1943

Lt. Meyers at desk
16 Sept. 1943

Class in judo for 608 TD Rec. Troops
16 Sept 1943

Linotype operators
23 Sept 1943

Dance at Service Club #3
24 Sept 1943

Bond booth at Stat. Hospital
29 Sept 1943

Soldiers and cadets dancing to the music of the Medial Serenaders
27 Sept 1943

1560th S.U. in review
8 Oct 1943

980th QM passing in review
8 Oct 1943

Newspaper people from Haiti and soldiers from the 680th T.D. Bn.
14 Oct. 1943

Maj. Smith and WWI vets at reunion
14 Nov 1943

Firing a 105 mm Howitzer
10 Dec 1943

Radio broadcast at service club
13 Dec 1943

Rifle practice
13 Dec 1943

Bayonet training
13 Dec 1943

Infiltration course
13 Dec 1943 

Obstacle course
13 Dec 1943

 

All images are provided for the personal use of patrons and researchers and may not be incorporated into publications, websites, or exhibits without written permission of the Indiana State Library or other appropriate copyright holder.

Text sources:

Text for the images comes from the verso of the Camp Atterbury, Indiana Photograph Collection.
A Camera Trip Through Camp Atterbury.  Brooklyn, NY: Ullman Co.
Brown, Clifford M.  "The History of Camp Atterbury."  1981.
"Indiana Village and Farms to Give Way to New 55,000 Acre Army Camp." Indianapolis Sunday Star 1 Feb. 1942.
"New Hospital Pride of Camp Atterbury."  Indianapolis Star 25 Oct. 1942.
"U.S. Orders Work Started on Southern Indiana Camp."  Indianapolis Times 7 Jan. 1942.