Accession Number : ADA315307

Title :   The World War II Ordnance Department's Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) Industrial Facilities: Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, Historic Investigation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 94-Jan 95,

Corporate Author : GEO-MARINE INC PLANO TX

Personal Author(s) : Gaither, Steve ; Kane, Kimberly L. ; Peter, Duane E.

PDF Url : ADA315307

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 158

Abstract : This report presents the results of an examination of historical records related to the construction and operations of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP), Charlestown, Indiana. The project was undertaken by Geo-Marine, Inc. (GMI), during June, July, and August 1994. Duane Peter, Senior Archeologist of GMI, served as Principal Investigator. Steve Gaither, Assistant Archivist/Historian under Kimberly L. Kane, Archivist and Ethnologist/Historian, conducted the research. The historical context was developed thorough research into the archives at INAAP, local libraries, and a series of oral history interviews. This report demonstrates that INAAP was a unique facility in the Ordnance Department's Government- Owned Contractor-Operated industrial program designed to provide munitions and materiel for European and American forces during World War II. The facility was the first in the program to be funded by Congress and was an important producer throughout the war. The facility initially was two separate entities: Indiana Ordnance Works, which produced single-base smokeless powder and component chemicals used in its manufacture; and Hoosier Ordnance Plant, a bag manufacturing and load, assembly, and pack facility. A third portion of the facility, which was to have produced double-base smokeless propellant, Indiana Ordnance Works Plant 2, was never completed. This report in addition discusses the direct and indirect effects construction and operations had on the small community of Charlestown, Indiana, which is located less than a kilometer from the present administration building.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *ARMY FACILITIES, *CONSTRUCTION, *AMMUNITION, *INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, *SITE INVESTIGATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), EMERGENCIES, MANUFACTURING, COMMUNITIES, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, CHEMICALS, POWDERS, POPULATION, ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, ORDNANCE, LIBRARIES, SMOKELESS PROPELLANTS, INTERVIEWING, BAGS, DOUBLE BASE PROPELLANTS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE