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The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
ISBN: 978-1-942613-18-3
The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

On the cover, group photo of the men who built the barracks and other facilities at Fort Leonard Wood in the early 1940s

For the first time ever…75th Anniversary Book on the History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Book Details

Author: Paul Bass

Hardcover with dust jacket: 224 pages

Product Dimensions: 6” x 9”

Retail Price: $26.95

In this exciting new book, author Paul W. Bass documents the 75-year history of Fort Leonard Wood, formed in anticipation for America’s involvement in WWII and still training front line defenders today.

The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri provides detailed information on the formation of the base in 1940 (and why it was named for General Leonard Wood), then follows base training, objectives and growth during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War, plus the War on Terrorism beginning in the 1990s through today.

The most detailed book ever published about Fort Leonard Wood, this book also documents how the base has impacted the development of Pulaski and Phelps counties and the surrounding region.

About the Author
Paul W. Bass was born in Independence, Missouri and worked in ministerial and academic fields for over 35 years. Since 2007 he has published eight books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Willard, Missouri.


Paul Bass presents Senator McCaskill with a copy of his new book

In Columbia, Missouri, at the concluding banquet of the Missouri Writers Guild Annual Conference, Paul W. Bass was honored to receive the prestigious First Place Walter Williams Major Work Award for The History of Fort Leonard Wood.  The photo is of Paul Bass with the president of the Missouri Writer's Guild, George Sirois.

October 2016 edition of Missouri Historical Review.  

The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. By Paul W. Bass (Morley, MO: Acclaim Press, 2016). 224 pp. Illustrations. Resources. Index. $26.95, cloth.

Published in honor of Fort Leonard Wood’s seventy-fifth anniversary, this decade-by-decade history begins with the fort’s creation in 1940. It was one of the first training camps built inresponse to World War II, as civilian and military officials began planning for the possibility that the United States would soon enter the war. Situated in Pulaski County, the fort encompassed more than sixty-five thousand acres, much of it purchased from landowners by the government. It was deactivated when the war ended, only to be reactivated during the Korean War. Fort Leonard Wood has since remained an integral part of the US Army, serving as the home of the army’s engineer school, military police school, transportation corps, and biological, radiological radiological, and nuclear school. Concise overviews of the fort’s activities and accomplishments, as well as personal recollections by those who served there,place its contributions to Missouri and the nation in context.

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