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At Ft Jackson the battalion became part of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The 1st BN 61st INFANTRY had a home again and to this day it remains at Ft Jackson.

Ft Jackson, located within the city of Columbia, South Carolina, has been a training base for many years.
Prior to World War I, then Camp Jackson, provided the site for training those about to go "Over There".

Camp Jackson from the Air
After the "Big War" the 5th Division trained there until 1921.
In World War II Ft Jackson again was an important location for training the force that was to
"Make the World Safe for Democracy".

Camp Jackson Tent City World War II Rifle Range

Camp Jackson Tent City World War II Rifle Range
Now a Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) post, Ft Jackson is the home of the 4th Training Brigade. The 1st of the 61st, along with the 2nd of the 39th and 1st of the 34th Infantry, make up the line units of the Brigade.
The 1st of the 61st remembers its past and honors those that have gone before. The Night Infiltration Course is named in honor of Lieutenant ABERNATHY, Range 3 in honor of Captain VERNON, and two classrooms buildings are named in honor of Captains BLUNT and STARR.

STARR Classroom Building The Ft Jackson Leader, Vol 38, Number 24 dated June 17, 1999.
Photo by Sgt.K.M. GAMBLE

"PFC Craig DIXION, soldier with Headquarters 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, has unveiled the sign for the building dedicated to STARR. The inscription on it briefly explains his heroic act. Across the walkway at Building 3280 is a similar sign honoring BLUNT."


"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." --George Washington