Fort Myer, VA Memories
Featuring South Post c1940-1970
Fort Myer North Post - Barrack #406
Fort Belvoir
Soldiers who had duty in the Pentagon were attached to Fort Myer, Virginia, in the unit called Headquarters Company . From 1942 to March 1969, those in HQ Co. lived on South Post Fort Myer, but the old wood barracks were condemned in 1966 to make room for the expansion of Arlington Cemetery. The South Post barracks were used until March 1969, when Headquarters Co. moved to the then-new brick barracks on North Post. Now, in 2008, all of the then-new barracks have been torn down, exept for #406. So, the wood frame 'temporary barracks' on South Post had a useful life of 27 years...the new brick barracks on North Post...28 years.
Pentagon North Post - Barrack #406
Barracks #406 in August 1969, only a few months after being completed. Note the Headquarters Company sign to the far left.

The same view in 2001


North Post Barrack #406
The same view in early 2008. Barracks 406 is the only one of several remaining, and is being used for a few offices and storage in preparation for its demise. The steam pipes out front will outlive the building. All photos by Bill Jentz.
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