Fort Knox

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Albert Flores

Fort Knox is a United States Army installation in Kentucky, south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown. It is adjacent to the United States Bullion Depository, which is used to house a large portion of the United States' official gold reserves, and with which it is often conflated. The 109,000 acre base covers parts of Bullitt, Hardin and Meade counties. It currently holds the Army Human Resources Center of Excellence, including the Army Human Resources Command. It is named in honor of Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery in the American Revolutionary War and the first United States Secretary of War.

For 60 years, Fort Knox was the home of the U. S. +more Army Armor Center and the U. S. Army Armor School, and was used by both the Army and the Marine Corps to train crews on the American tanks of the day; the last was the M1 Abrams main battle tank. The history of the U. S. Army's Cavalry and Armored forces, and of General George S. Patton's career, is shown at the General George Patton Museum on the grounds of Fort Knox.

In 2011, the U. S. +more Army Armor School moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, where the Infantry School is also based. In 2014, the U. S. Army Cadet Command relocated to Fort Knox and all summer training for ROTC cadets now takes place there.

On 16 October 2020, V Corps was reactivated at Fort Knox, just over seven years after the colors were last cased in Wiesbaden, Germany in July 2013.

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Bullion depository

The United States Bullion Depository, often known as Fort Knox, is a fortified vault building adjacent to the Fort Knox Army Post. It is operated by the United States Department of the Treasury and stores over half the country's gold reserves. +more It is protected by the United States Mint Police and is well known for its physical security.

The depository was built by the Treasury in 1936 on land transferred to it from Fort Knox. Early shipments of gold totaling almost 13,000 metric tons were escorted by combat cars of the 1st U. +moreS. Cavalry Regiment to the depository. It has in the past safeguarded other precious items, such as the Constitution of the United States and the United States Declaration of Independence.

Census-designated place

Parts of the base in Hardin and Meade counties form a census-designated place (CDP), which had a population of 12,377 at the 2000 census and 10,124 at the 2010 census.

Patton Museum

The General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox includes an exhibit highlighting leadership issues that arose from the attacks of September 11, 2001, which includes two firetrucks. One of them, designated Foam 161, was partially charred and melted in the attack upon the Pentagon. +more Fort Knox is also the location of the United States Army's Human Resources Command's Timothy Maude Center of Excellence, which was named in honor of Lieutenant General Timothy Maude, the highest-ranking member of the U. S. military to die in the attacks of 11 September 2001.

In 2011, the U.S. Army Armor School was relocated to "The Maneuver Center of Excellence" at FT Benning, GA.



Fortifications were constructed near the site in 1861, during the Civil War when Fort Duffield was constructed. Fort Duffield was located on what was known as Muldraugh Hill on a strategic point overlooking the confluence of the Salt and Ohio Rivers and the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike. +more The area was contested by both Union and Confederate forces. Bands of organized guerrillas frequently raided the area during the war. John Hunt Morgan and the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment of the Confederate Army raided the area before staging his infamous raid across Indiana and Ohio.

Post Civil War

After the war, the area now occupied by the Army was home to various small communities. In October 1903, military maneuvers for the Regular Army and the National Guards of several states were held at West Point, Kentucky and the surrounding area. +more In April 1918, field artillery units from Camp Zachary Taylor arrived at West Point for training. 20,000 acre near the village of Stithton were leased to the government and construction for a permanent training center was started in July 1918.

New camp

The new camp was named after Henry Knox, the Continental Army's chief of artillery during the Revolutionary War and the country's first Secretary of War. The camp was extended by the purchase of a further 40,000 acre in June 1918 and construction properly began in July 1918. +more The building program was reduced following the end of the war and reduced further following cuts to the army in 1921 after the National Defense Act of 1920. The camp was greatly reduced and became a semi-permanent training center for the 5th Corps Area for Reserve Officer training, the National Guard, and Citizen's Military Training Camps (CMTC). For a short while, from 1925 to 1928, the area was designated as "Camp Henry Knox National Forest. ".

Air Corps use

The post contains an airfield, called Godman Army Airfield, that was used by the United States Army Air Corps, and its successor, the United States Army Air Forces as a training base during World War II. It was used by the Kentucky Air National Guard for several years after the war until they relocated to Standiford Field in Louisville. +more The airfield is still in use by the United States Army Aviation Branch.

Protection of America's founding documents

For protection after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address were all moved for safekeeping to the United States Bullion Depository until Major W. C. +more Hatfield ordered their release after the D-Day Landings on 19 September 1944.

Mechanized military unit occupation

In 1931 a small force of the mechanized cavalry was assigned to Camp Knox to use it as a training site. The camp was turned into a permanent garrison in January 1932 and renamed Fort Knox. +more The 1st Cavalry Regiment arrived later in the month to become the 1st Cavalry Regiment (Mechanized).

In 1936 the 1st was joined by the 13th to become the 7th Cavalry Brigade (Mechanized). The site quickly became the center for mechanization tactics and doctrine. +more The success of the German mechanized units at the start of World War II was a major impetus to operations at the fort. A new Armored Force was established in July 1940 with its headquarters at Fort Knox with the 7th Cavalry Brigade becoming the 1st Armored Division. The Armored Force School and the Armored Force Replacement Center were also sited at Fort Knox in October 1940, and their successors remained there until 2010, when the Armor School moved to Fort Benning, Georgia. The site was expanded to cope with its new role. By 1943, there were 3,820 buildings on 106,861 acre. A third of the post has been torn down within the last ten years, with another third slated by 2010.

1947 Universal Military Training Experimental Unit

In 1947, Fort Knox hosted the Universal Military Training Experimental Unit, a six-month project that aimed to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of providing new 18-20 year-old Army recruits with basic military training that emphasized physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. This project was undertaken with the aim of persuading the public to support President +more_Truman'>Harry S. Truman's proposal to require all eligible American men to undergo universal military training.

Stripes (1981) was filmed using the exterior of Fort Knox but did not show the inside of the facility for security reasons.

1993 shooting

On 18 October 1993, Arthur Hill went on a shooting rampage, killing three and wounding two before attempting suicide, shooting and severely wounding himself. The shooting occurred at Fort Knox's Training Support Center. +more Prior to the incident, Hill's coworkers claimed they were afraid of a mentally unstable person who was at work. Hill died on 21 October of his self-inflicted gunshot wound.

2013 shooting

On 3 April 2013, a civilian employee was shot and killed in a parking lot on post. The victim was an employee of the United States Army Human Resources Command and was transported to the Ireland Army Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. +more This shooting caused a temporary lock-down that was lifted around 7 p. m. on the same day. U. S. Army Sgt. Marquinta E. Jacobs, a soldier stationed at Fort Knox, was charged on 4 April with the shooting. He pleaded guilty to charges of premeditated murder and aggravated assault, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison on 10 January 2014.

Human Resources Command

The Army Human Resources Command Center re-located to Fort Knox from the Washington D. C. +more/Virginia area beginning in 2009. New facilities are under construction throughout Fort Knox, such as the new [url=https://web. archive. org/web/20110927170054/http://www. lrl. usace. army. mil/pa/article. asp?id=126&MyCategory=1]Army Human Resource Center[/url], the largest construction project in the history of Fort Knox. It is a $185 million, three-story, 880,000 sqft complex of six interconnected buildings, sitting on 104 acre.

In May 2010, The Human Resource Center of Excellence, the largest office building in the state, opened at Fort Knox. The new center employs nearly 4,300 soldiers and civilians.


The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) operates on-post public schools for all sections of the property. They are: * Kingsolver School (Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 1) * Van Voorhis Elementary School (Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 5) * Scott Intermediate School (Grades 6-8) * Fort Knox Middle High School (Grades 9-12)

The secondary school, formerly Fort Knox High School, was built in 1958 and has undergone only a handful of renovations since then, including a new building which was completed in 2007.


Fort Knox is located at 37°54'09.96" North, 85°57'09.11" West, along the Ohio River. The depository itself is located at 37°52'59.59" North, 85°57'55.31" West.

According to the Census Bureau, the base CDP has a total area of 21 sqmi, of which 21 sqmi is land and 0 sqmi-0. 14%-is water. +more Communities near Fort Knox include Brandenburg, Elizabethtown, Hodgenville, Louisville, Radcliff, Shepherdsville, and Vine Grove, Kentucky. The Meade County city of Muldraugh is completely surrounded by Fort Knox.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fort Knox has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


As of the census of 2000, there were 12,377 people, 2,748 households, and 2,596 families residing on base. The population density was 592 PD/sqmi. +more There were 3,015 housing units at an average density of 144 /sqmi. The racial makeup of the base was 66. 3% White, 23. 1% African American, 0. 7% Native American, 1. 7% Asian, 0. 4% Pacific Islander, 4. 3% from other races, and 3. 6% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10. 4% of the population.

There were 2,748 households, out of which 77. 7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 86. +more0% were married couples living together, 6. 1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 5. 5% were non-families. 4. 9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 0. 1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3. 49 and the average family size was 3. 60.

The age distribution was 34. 9% under the age of 18, 25. +more5% from 18 to 24, 37. 2% from 25 to 44, 2. 3% from 45 to 64, and 0. 1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 155. 7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 190. 3 males. These statistics are generally typical for military bases.

The median income for a household on the base was US$34,020, and the median income for a family was $33,588. Males had a median income of $26,011 versus $21,048 for females. +more The per capita income for the base was $12,410. About 5. 8% of the population and 6. 6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7. 6% of those under the age of 18 and 100. 0% of those 65 and older.

In popular culture

The climax of the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger takes place at Fort Knox. * The American television show Ghost Hunters filmed at Fort Knox in 2011. +more *In the 2012 SpongeBob SquarePants episode “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!”, Patrick Star mentions this landmark. * A 1980's episode of G. I. Joe takes place at Fort Knox. * An episode of Pinky & the Brain saw Pinky & the Brain break into Fort Knox to take the gold bullion, but were unable to move a single brick due to their size. * In the Walt Disney motion picture, Escape to Witch Mountain, the character portrayed by Bette Davis tried to steal the gold from Ft. Knox using the special powers of the two extraterrestrial children, whom she had kidnapped. * 'Knox', Samsung's security software is named in reference to the bullion vault at Fort Knox. * Fort Knox is mentioned in the lyrics of the song 'B. Y. O. B. ' by System of a Down. .

Census-designated places in Hardin County, Kentucky

Census-designated places in Bullitt County, Kentucky

Census-designated places in Meade County, Kentucky

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