Few people have been inside Fort Knox, a highly classified bunker ringed by fences and multiple alarms and guarded by Apache helicopter gunships. When the U.S. finished building Fort Knox in 1937, the gold was shipped in on a special nine-car train manned by machine gunners and loaded onto Army trucks protected by a U.S. Cavalry brigade. And the fort has been pretty much off limits since then.Wrong, wrong, wrong. Fort Knox is the home of the US Army Armor School, and has been for many years. Thousands of students traverse Fort Knox each year, both enlisted and commissioned. Adjacent to Fort Knox sits the US Bullion Depository. It's run by the Treasury Department and it's just about as secure as any installation in the world. When I was stationed at Fort Knox (Armor Officer Basic Course, then C-4/37th Armor, then 2nd Batallion 4th Brigade) I was on the grounds of the Bullion Depository exactly once, as part of a drill. As soon as we were briefed at the Depository, we were ordered off the grounds. I have rolled up to the gates of the Depository on more than one occasion, a column of tanks behind me. Again, drills. We conducted a lot of drills to make sure that the gold was as safe as possible.
But no, Fort Knox is not off-limits. It's the home of the Patton Museum, which welcomes all visitors and thousands of students come through the Armor School every year. The Bullion Depository and Fort Knox are two entirely separate installations that just happen to be adjacent to one another. The Bullion Depository is off limits. Fort Knox is fairly wide-open.
If CBS got this fact wrong, then they probably got everything wrong.