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The infiltration course was one of the final tests of basic training. It involved crawling through an obstacle course under barbed wire and across varied terrain. Often, live ammo was shot over the trainees backs and small explosions triggered to mimic the feeling of real combat. Fort Ord, where Williams was sent for basic training in 1950-51, was a United States Army post in Monterey, California. Used for military training beginning in 1917, the post became a Fort in 1941 and remained so until 1994. During the Korean War, Fort Ord was home to the 6th Infantry Division.