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Old 08-10-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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My father was stationed at Fort Robinson, Nebraska during WWII. He was in the Coast Guard. I know it seems pretty strange to have been in the Coast Guard, but posted to duty at Fort Robinson. My father is deceased. But, I often heard his stories about how wonderful he found the country and people to be at Fort Robinson. I will soon be retiring, and I wanted to go visit the place where he served. Is anything there that pertains to the Coast Guard in WWII? It seems a pretty remote place, so I wanted to get some info before heading there. Can anyone tell me about the place and getting there? I would be driving from Los Angeles, California. Thank you, very much.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Western AZ
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I grew up at Crawford, just 3 mi east of Fort Robinson. While it is remote, it is very beautiful and is now a 22,000 acre state park; the largest in Nebraska. As a teenager I worked at the Fort during the summers. While I can't say for sure about information concerning the Coast Guard, there is a very nice museum which contains an extensive history of the fort. I encourage you to visit. Here is a web-site for the fort.
Fort Robinson State Park, a Nebraska State Park
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Sandhills
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There hasn't been an Indian uprising now for awhile. I would still scan the horizon from time to time for smoke signals though. And remember if you feel that ground shaking like you do in California during an earthquake here, its not an earthquake but more than likely a buffalo stampede so get out of the way.

On a serious note, I think you will find you visit to Ft. Robinson quite enjoyable. As for directions, get you one of those new GPS that mounts on your dash. I picked one up a couple months ago, heck of a gadget, makes we wonder how we ever navigated without one.

I would suspect you will coming do Ft. Robinson via Interstate 80, hang a left at Kimball and go north. We won't let you get lost.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Thank you Michael J and Sandhills Guru for you wonderful advice and help. i am looking forward to my trip. Should you or others have more, I would very much appreciate hearing from you, all. My father was right. They really have nice people in Nebraska. Thank you, once again.
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Bring your fishing pole and the appropriate gun or archery equipment BOBWED. You will be surrounded by a variety of game and fishing opportunities. If you aren't into hunting or fishing bring a good camera. You will be surrounded by memorable scenery.

GL2
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Western AZ
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Be sure and contact the park @ (308) 665-2900 if you plan to visit after Labor day. While the fort itself is open all year around, some of the services may not be available all year around.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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I don't remember anything about Coasties (but that doesn't mean much).
However, Ft.Rob was a vital part of WWII as they were both a remount post for the Army as well as training dogs and pack mules. I want to say that WWII was when Ft. Rob was most vital.
That's a big part of the history, so I'm sure you'll find something.

And no, despite the weisenheimers above, it's not at all hard to find.
It's one of Nebraska's favorite tourism destinations.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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There was also a POW camp(for german soldiers) in ft robinson during WWII.....maybe your father had something to do with that.
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