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Camp Toccoa, the former paratrooper training camp, under renovation and reconstruction
Project aims to educate and preserve history in Stephens County
A single building stands at the site of the former Camp Toccoa Army paratrooper training camp during World War II. The building is currently under renovations with plans for a pavilion to be constructed nearby.
More than 70 years ago, soldiers arrived at Camp Toccoa in the Northeast Georgia mountains near the South Carolina border to train to become paratroopers for World War II. Paratroopers were considered a new kind of soldier at the time. They were trained to jump out of airplanes using a parachute and usually behind enemy lines. At Camp Toccoa, the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated on Nov. 15, 1942.