This Week In Quartermaster History
the hurricane season of 1992 approached, a massive tropical storm formed in the Atlantic
Ocean in mid-August, and began slowly trekking toward the Florida coastline. Hurricane
Andrew made landfall on 24
August 1992, just south of
Miami Beach, and created a path of destruction across Dade County
A Category 4 storm, packing winds upwards of 175 miles per hour, it virtually flattened the communities of Homestead and Florida City. Andrew would ultimately become the most expensive natural disaster in American history. More than 60 people were killed and scores more injured, 117,000 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage, some two million residents had to be temporarily evacuated. Flooding and high winds destroyed thousands of acres of crops. And overall estimates placed the storms cost at more than $20 billion.
Nearly 10,000 active duty soldiers (from Forts Bragg, Lee, Drum, and elsewhere) joined approximately 7,000 Florida National Guard soldiers on the scene in Florida.
As in past natural disasters, the cry for aid brought on by Andrews massive devastation saw Quartermasters join in the vanguard of relief workers -- setting up tents for the dispossessed, warehouse areas and supply distribution points, field feeding centers, and laundry and bath facilities. Supporting Victory on the home front.
Compiled by the
U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Historian
Fort Lee, Virginia