1917 Gigling Reservation is founded.

Army troops occupied the fort for a few months at the end of the Civil War when it was known as Ord Barracks.

The 15th Infantry Regiment and the 9th "Buffalo Soldiers" Cavalry returning from duty in the Philippines were assigned to the fort in 1902.

Camp Gigling was primarily used as a maneuver area for the 11th "Black Horse" Cavalry and a artillery target range for the 76th Field Artillery.

During the summertime the 30th Infantry Regiment came down from the Presidio of San Francisco to use the reservation for maneuvers as did other Reserve and National Guard units.

Fort Ord's honorable alumni included the 3rd Infantry Division, 6th Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division, 27th Infantry Bde, 32nd Inf Division, 35th Infantry Division, and 43rd Infantry Division, The 738th Field Artillery Battalion was activated at Fort Ord on June 25, 1943. They were assigned to Gen George S. Patton's 3rd Army. Other units that where not well known. But just as important to the war effort. Were the 2nd Engineer, the 3rd Engineer and the 4th Engineer. As well as the 593rd Amphibian and the 533rd Amphibian,

In the 1950s the US 6th Army was stationed at Fort Ord.

In 1964 a Drill Sergeant School was opened.

The total number of soldiers trained at Fort Ord from 1940 to 1975 is estimated at 1.5 million.

The defense department first considered an all volunteer Army in 1971 with Project VOLAR.

Starting in 1974, the 7th Infantry Division (Light) occupied Fort Ord.

The fort officially curtailed all training archives in 1976.

In 1985 the 7th IDL became the Army's premier light infantry division.

In 1989 the 7th IDL was deployed to Panama to restore order and captured dictator Manuel Noriega.

In 1990 the 7th IDL joined the coalition troops sent to the middle east to defeat Iraq during Desert Storm.

One of their last deployments was to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Two years later on 15 June 1994, The 7th Infantry Division Light was deactivated.

In September of 1994 Fort Ord closed it's gates and became part of US military history.

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43rd Infantry Division

35th Infantry Division

32nd Infantry Division

3rd Infantry Division

3rd Army

3rd Engineer

533rd Amphibian

US 6th Army

27th Infantry Bde

5th Division

6th Infantry Division


4th Infantry Division

Project VOLAR

7th Infantry Division