Camp Roberts

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Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 128 pages
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Camp Roberts, in the Salinas Valley, is one of California's largest military training camps. Named for a heroic World War I tank driver, it took the threat of global war in 1940 to kick-start its construction. Soon Camp Roberts had a capacity to house and train 23,000 men. During the war, almost half a million men trained here. Row upon row of wooden buildings, replete with churches, stores, a hospital, and an amphitheater where A-list stars performed, made it a mobilized city of 45,000 at its peak. In 1946, it became a ghost town overnight. Revived during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, it passed into National Guard control in 1971. However, all branches of the military continue to train here, and the camp has renewed relevance for troops bound for the Middle East.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Beginnings of a Military Camp
21
A Place to Train Soldiers
61
4 Hollywood Comes to Camp Roberts
81
Thanks for the Memory
105
Museum and Historical Preservation
121
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The California Center for Military History, authors of the recent Images of America book Camp San Luis Obispo, have mustered over 200 images from the archives of Camp Roberts, the California National Guard, and the California State Military Museum. They tell the story of this vast facility and the many men and women of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and California National Guard who have served their state and nation here.

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