Camp Upton


Camp Upton was built in 1917as an induction and training facility for new soldiers who were to fight in World War I. The camp was named after Major General Emory Upton, a Union general in the Civil War.

Between World Wars I and II,the camp was used by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many of the trees on the site were planted by these men. The camp was reopened in 1940, on the eve of World War II, serving its original purpose as a military training ground.

In 1944, Camp Upton was used as a hospital to treat wounded veterans of the war.It also served as a Prisoner of War Camp, when in May of 1945, 500 German prisoners were sent to Camp Upton.

In 1947, the camp was replaced by Brookhaven National Laboratory, to conduct scientific research. The lab remains in operation to this day with funding from the Department of Energy.

We are now working on collecting and creating an online archive of letters, diaries, pictures and stories from members of the 77thDivision. Our hope is to create an online resource of primary material to aid researchers. The information will be placed by Regiment and Company with the Regimental histories listed below.

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Camp Upton in WWI by Thomas Bayles

New York Times News Articles About Camp Upton

The Camp Upton Story (1917-1921) by Norval Dwyer

Camp Upton(from a pamphlet published by the Public Affairs Officeof Brookhaven National Laboratory)

The Lost Battalion Archives

Camp Upton Described and Photographed
by, Roger Batchelder, 1918

Chronological History of the 77th Division

77th Division- Record of Events

Map Archives

Trench and Camp - The Camp Upton Newspaper

The Victorious 77th- Heroes of the Argonne Forest
by, 1st Lieut. Arthur McKeough

History of the Seventy SeventhDivision

Units belonging to the 77th Division


History of the305th Infantry
by, Frank Tiebout

Historyof the 306th Infantry
by, Julius Ochs Adler

Historyof the 307th Infantry

                                                 by, W. Kerr Rainsford

Historyof the 308 Infantry
 L. Wardlaw Miles


Our Sons at War, Co. A. 308thInfantry
by, Lee McMollum- 1940


The 308th Medical Detachment
by, William D. Conklin

308thAmbulance Company-302d Sanitary Train

Machine GunBattalions

AStory of the 305th Machine Gun Battalion
by, Henry W. Smith

The 306th Machine Gun Battalion
This Man's War- by Charles F. Minder

Memories of the 306th Machine Gun Battalion
Company B
by, Talbot Brewer


History of the 304th Field Artillery
by, James M. Howard

History of the 305th Field Artillery

History of the 306th Field Artillery

The302nd Engineers

The 302nd Trench Artillery

The302nd Ammunition Train -
The letters of Laurance Bucknam

The 302nd Supply Train
diary of Walter Henry Long

Oh! How He Hated To Get Up In The Morning
Irving Berlin at Camp Upton

The C.C.C. at Camp Upton

Longwood during World War 1

Postcards from Camp Upton

Lost Battalion Website

German POWs kept at Camp Upton

Videos of the 77th Division during the Meuse -Argonne Offensive Sept., 26th - Nov.11th, 1918

On September 7, 2008 the 77th Division was retire from active duty. Thefollowing video is of the casing of the colors at the former site ofCamp Upton


Video # 1 -Members of the Lost Battalion marching eastward down the Charlevaux Ravine out of the'Pocket' the morning of Oct. 18, 1918 - The Lost Battalion taking roll just prior to the official picture being snapped Oct. 8, 1918 - major Charles Whittlesey, 308th Inf. and Major J.F. McKinney, 307th Inf.talking after the rescue of the Lost Battalion by McKinney's men -General Alexander 77th Division - General Lenihan, 77th Division -French woman and boy pump water for a 77th Division Doughboy

Video # 2 A 77th Divisionfirst aid station set up in a captured German bunker. - officers and men examine a blasted German dugout. - A patrol passes a dead German soldier in the Argonne forest. - German prisoners being transported from Chatel Chehery under 77th Division MP's. - 308th Infantry and 302nd Trench Mortar personnel advance on a German position in the Argonne.

Video # 3 -Supply Trains of the 305th M.G. Battalion, 306th Infantry and 302nd engineers, along with French artillery passing through Chateau Thierry.

Video # 4 -The 306th Field Artillery passing through burning Buzancy - 306th Field Artillery guns firing from hidden positions near Abri du Crochet - 308th M.G.

Video of World War I soldiers. The beginning of the clip looks like it's close to the city. The gas house and trench exercises are from Camp Upton.

Training at Camp Upton full clip.

Parade at Camp Upton

305th and 306th Field Artillery at Brest, loading train - 4 clips - clip 1

305th and 306th Field Artillery - clip2

305th and 306th Field Artillery clip 3

305th and 306th Field Artillery - 305th Machine Gun Battalion - clip 4

Bordeaux  Base section #2 celebrations and scenes in and near -77th Division - Reel 1

Bordeaux Base Section #2  and scenes in and near- 77th Division - Reel 2

Meuse - Argonne - Captured material -77th Division

Signal Corp in France - 77th Division

Signal Corp in France - Reel 2 - 77th Division

President Wilson reviewing the troops with General Pershing.

CBS newsreel includes Major Whittlesey in first scene.

77th Division returns home from France - parade, reel 1

77th Division returning home from France. Reel 2

World War II - Video of patients at Camp Upton Hospital repairing toys for children at Saint Charles Hospital. Click on second image box to begin video


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