12 Facts About Fort Sill


Fort Sill is one of the four locations for Army Basic Combat Training.

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Fort Sill soldiers were restricted from taking punitive action against the Indians, who interpreted this as a sign of weakness.

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Unlike other US territories, Indian Territory had no organized government, so Army posts like Fort Reno, Fort Supply and Fort Sill found themselves the most significant federal and legal presence in a wide territory.

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Fort Sill was a member of Fort Sill's Native Scouts, but he did make at least one documented attempt to escape from the fort, though not in the dramatic fashion of jumping off the steep Medicine Bluffs on his horse in a hail of bullets as popularized in the 1939 movie, Geronimo.

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At various times Fort Sill has served as home to the Infantry School of Musketry, the School for Aerial Observers, the Artillery Officers Candidate School, the Air Service Flying School and the Army Aviation School.

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Fort Sill contains the birthplace of US combat aviation, located at the parade field at the Old Post Quadrangle at Fort Sill.

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Fort Sill successfully managed to land his plane without power.

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Aviation at Fort Sill added lighter-than-air ships to its inventory when Company A, 1st Balloon Squadron, arrived on 5 September 1917 from the Balloon School in Omaha, Nebraska.

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In 1942, Fort Sill held approximately 700 Japanese Americans interned by the Department of Justice – mostly non-citizen Issei who had been arrested as spies and fifth columnists, despite a lack of evidence supporting the charges against them.

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Fort Sill's Artillery Half Section is a mounted unit that re-creates the World War I-era field artillery and horse-drawn field guns.

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Fort Sill is currently the home to three museums; The Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum, comprising the original frontier fort and the thirty-four historic structures, making it the most complete original Indian Wars era frontier fort in existence.

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Fort Sill identified 64 persons buried in that cemetery by name, but another 50 graves were listed as unknown.

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