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Near Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Camp Laguna

Desert Training Center

 

—California – Arizona Maneuver Area —

 
Camp Laguna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
1. Camp Laguna Marker
Inscription. Camp Laguna operated from April 1942 to April 1944. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern deserts to train United States troops during World War II.

The Desert Training Center, a simulated theater of operations, included portions of Arizona, California and Nevada. The other camps were Young, Coxcomb, Iron Mountain, Ibis, Clipper, Pilot Knob, Bouse, Granite, Horn, Hyder, and Rice. Over one million soldiers from approximately 400 units were trained at the center. These units included 13 infantry divisions, 7 armored divisions and numerous non-divisional units.

Camp Laguna was the training site for the 3rd and 9th Armored Divisions, 79th Infantry Divisions, Italian service units and special bridge test section.
 
Erected 1998 by Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917, Ancient and Honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, In cooperation with The United States Army, Yuma Proving Ground.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 49.708′ N, 114° 23.416′ W. Marker is near Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker is on East Imperial Dam Road half a mile west of U.S. 95, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker
Camp Laguna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
2. Camp Laguna Marker
is in this post office area: Yuma AZ 85365, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Italians at the Yuma Test Branch (approx. 5.4 miles away); World War II Bridge Test Site (approx. 5.4 miles away); Site of Mission San Pedro (approx. 7.3 miles away in California); El Camino Del Diablo (approx. 11.2 miles away); Red Top Wash Bridge (approx. 12.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  World War II Veteran Visits Former Campground. An article reporting the first person accounts of an Army veteran who was stationed at Camp Laguna in 1944. (Submitted on March 27, 2010.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
Camp Laguna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
3. Camp Laguna Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,006 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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