Located in Indiana, Camp Atterbury is a military and civilian training base and is controlled by the Indiana National Guard. Portions of Camp Atterbury are leased to different organizations including the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Atterbury Job Corps and the Johnson County Parks Department.
Camp Atterbury sits on more than 35,000 acres of land which includes: urban assault courses, small arms live-fire shoot house, the Atterbury-Jefferson Air to Ground Range, a virtual medical simulation training center, dismounted soldier training simulator and reception, staging and personnel processing.
History & General Information
Address (main gate): 3008 Old Hospital Road, Edinburgh, IN 46124
Post Locator: (812) 526-1499
Office of the Garrison Commander: (812) 526-1304
Established in 1941, Camp Atterbury sought to provide training for the U.S. Army during World War II. The bombing of Pearl Harbor hastened construction of the post and it officially opened in 1942. The bulk of the heavy duty construction work took approximately 6 months; at the height of facilities construction, there were 14,491 people employed at the post. Camp Atterbury was built to support the training and accommodation of 40,000 troops but saw as many as 44, 159 military personnel pass through during WWII.
This installation was named after Brigadier General William Wallace Atterbury, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Metal for his efforts during WWI. Camp Atterbury has provided support during the Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The post held almost 15,000 POW's (mostly Italian and German) between 1943 and 1946 (WWII). During this time, Italian captives built a tiny chapel on site that still stands today. In 1946, Atterbury was deactivated and was primarily a standby facility until it was reopened in 1950 to train troops during the Korean War. In 1968, the Army gave up control of Camp Atterbury and the Indiana National Guard took over. Atterbury's motto fits their mission to be a center of support and mobilization: Preparamus (we are ready).
- During WWII, Camp Atterbury trained more than 275,000 troops.
- During WWII, Atterbury was home to Wakeman General Hospital, the largest convalescent hospital in the U.S. Army at the time.
- Wakeman General treated more than 85,000 patients during the time it was open and was considered a leader in plastic and neurological surgery.
- The land that Atterbury was built on was purchased from local farmers, some whose families had owned the land for multiple generations.
- Atterbury earned the nickname Mud-Berry (also spelled Mudbury) due to the heavy rainstorms that produced tons of mud when the post was being built.
Housing & Lodging
Billet/Troop Issue Scheduling Office: 812-526-1499 Ext. 61401.
Billet/Troop Issue/Clearing Office: 812-526-1499 Ext. 61952.
Lodging Office (Chargeable Transient Quarters): 812-526-1128.
Camp Atterbury also has MWR cabins, campgrounds and lodging rooms which can be reserved by calling the Lodging Front Desk at 812-526-1499 ext. 1128.
Hotels within 5 miles of Camp Atterbury include:
Hampton Inn Edinburgh, (812) 526-5100.
Hilton Garden Inn Edinburgh, (812) 526-8600.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Edinburgh, (812) 526-4919.
Edinburgh Community High School , (812) 526-5501
East Side Elementary School, (812) 526-9771.
The Edinburgh Community School Corporation features an elementary, middle and high school. You can contact the Edinburgh CSC Secretary's office at (812) 526-2681 ext. 1101.
Salin Bank, (812) 418-5230.
MainSource Bank, (812) 526-0551.
Centra Credit Union, (812) 376-9979.
Things To Do & Places of Interest
Camp Atterbury Post Exchange: (812) 526-1140, open Monday-Sunday 9a-9p.
Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Camp Atterbury's MWR facilities feature Whitaker Place Campground which offers shower and laundry facilities, restrooms, complimentary firewood, outdoor playground area and more. The make a reservation or for more information, call (812) 525-1128.
Atterbury also features the Mocking Bird Hill and Rock Picnic Area (812) 526-1499 ext. 61820 and the MG Carl G. Farrell Recreation Area (cabins and campgrounds) (812) 526-1128.
There is also a community center (812) 526.1499 ext. 61592, a softball field (812) 526.1499 ext. 62952, a golf driving range (812) 526.1499, ext. 62952, fishing and hunting grounds (812) 526.1499, ext. 1351, a swimming pool (812) 526.1499, ext. 61952 and a fitness center (812) 526.1499 ext 62952 featuring a basketball court, an aerobics area, volleyball net, free weights and shower facilities.