CAMP UPTON

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Site
Location
189 Longwood Road, Yaphank, NY 11980, USA
Lat/Long
40.865833, -72.903333
Grant Recipient
The Longwood Society for Historic Preservation
Historic Marker

CAMP UPTON

Inscription

CAMP UPTON
WORLD WAR I ARMY CANTONMENT
1917-1921. 77TH DIV. TRAINED
HERE. REBUILT FOR WORLD WAR II.
BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB
ESTABLISHED NEARBY IN 1947.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

Camp Upton was established at this site in Yaphank, NY, in 1917.  The camp covered an expansive area and consisted of several different buildings. The men of the 77th Infantry Division were trained for combat here before being sent to Europe to aid the Allied Forces during World War I. After the war the camp closed and was abandoned, but this was far from the end for Camp Upton.  As world tensions began to escalate once again, the United States mobilized for the possibility of a second world war. Camp Upton was reopened in the early 1940s and served as a Draft Center to train men registered with the Selective Service.

After the conclusion of World War II, Camp Upton served as the site for the Brookhaven National Laboratory, built in 1947.  This cutting edge facility, which still exists today, was established as a center for the study of physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory employs nearly 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff plus an additional 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world.


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