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Fort McCoy, WI: Cuban Resettlement 1980

Fort McCoy Supports Large Cuban Refugee Operations Mission

Fort McCoy: A Chronicle of Our Past

Read More About It

"Up to 25,000 Cubans expected at McCoy" Wisconsin State Journal, June 11, 1980

"Resettlement group leaves Fort McCoy" Wisconsin State Journal, June 26, 1980

"McCoy's transformed barracks are now home to 13,000 Cubans" The Capital Times, June 9, 1980

"Even at Ft. McCoy, life is a new experience for Cuban refugees" The Capital Times, June 23, 1980



Interesting Fact:

Nearly 125,000 refugees left Cuba in 1980 for the United States, with approximately ten percent destined for Fort McCoy.

Study Questions:

  • Why were there so many Cuban refugees in 1980?
  • Why were some of them shipped to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin?
  • What became of the refugees?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 25:

    1876: George Custer and his 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians during the Battle at Little Bighorn.

  • June 25

    June 25, 1980: The first military support group working with the Cuban refugees at Fort McCoy was dismissed as the number of refugees leaving the camp topped 1,000. Since May 29 nearly 14,000 refugees had been shipped to Fort McCoy.

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