Camp Shanks

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Camp Shanks Memorial in Orangeburg, NY

Camp Shanks was a United States Army installation in the Town of Orangetown in Rockland County, New York. Named after Major General David Carey Shanks (1861–1940), it was situated near the juncture of the Erie Railroad and the Hudson River. It served as a point of embarkation for troops departing overseas during World War II. Dubbed “Last Stop USA,” the camp housed about 50,000 troops spread over 2,040 acres (8.3 km2) and was the largest World War II Army embarkation camp, processing 1.3 million service personnel including 75% of those participating in the D-Day invasion. In 1945 Camp Shanks housed German and Italian prisoners of war. After the war Camp Shanks was converted into housing for veterans with families attending colleges and universities in the New York area under the GI Bill; the settlement, then known as Shanks Village, closed in 1954.[1]


A small museum opened near the site in June 1994.[2]

Units Passing Through Camp Shanks[edit]

(Partial Listing)

Ground Forces

Army Air Forces



  1. ^ "Remembering Camp Shanks, Hudson Valley Magazine, September 2010,
  2. ^ "Rockland County Tourism: Camp Shanks". Rockland County. Retrieved 11 March 2010. [dead link]
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Further reading[edit]

  • Gottlock, Wesley, and Barbara H. Gottlock. Lost Towns of the Hudson Valley. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2009.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°02′10″N 73°57′30″W / 41.03611°N 73.95833°W / 41.03611; -73.95833