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Great Lakes in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The First Recruit / Original Historic Structures
 
The First Recruit Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
1. The First Recruit Marker
 
Inscription.
The First Recruit
17-year old Joseph Gregg of Terre Haute, Indiana arrived at Great Lakes Naval Center on July 1, 1911, the day of the first commissioning of the Station. Later that year on October 8, President William Howard Taft officially dedicated Great Lakes. Joseph Gregg served in the Navy from 1911-1914. He is buried in the Great Lakes cemetery. The memory of the first recruit is maintained today with the presentation of the Joseph Gregg Award at the weekly recruit graduation.
Original Historic Structures
Around Ross field are many of the original, historic buildings. Building One and its 155 foot clock tower is the focal point of the base. As the Main Administration Building, the Regional Admiral, Base Commander, and their staffs work there. Its clock on all four sides gives visual time checks to all in sight and is used to regulate clocks throughout the base. Building 3, the largest of the original buildings, included classrooms, a library, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, bowling alleys, and an 1000-seat auditorium. Building 4, originally a drill hall, is now used a gymnasium complex. Building 5, originally the mess hall and galley, is now utilized as office space. Building 26 and 27, originally barracks buildings, now also provide office space.
 
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Original Historic Structures Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Original Historic Structures Marker
 
Naval Station Great Lakes.
 
Location. 42° 18.749′ N, 87° 50.411′ W. Marker is in Great Lakes, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Farragut Avenue near Sampson Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Historic District of Naval Station Great Lakes. Marker is in this post office area: Great Lakes IL 60088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War I / Between the Wars (here, next to this marker); Black and White (here, next to this marker); Origins of the Base / Construction (a few steps from this marker); The Golden Thirteen (a few steps from this marker); Building Five (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Architectural Design (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Lakes Athletics (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Great Lakes.
 
Also see . . .
1. Naval Station Great Lakes. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Great Lakes Naval Museum. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Great Lakes Naval Training Station. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. U.S. Naval Cemetery, Great Lakes. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
 
Joseph Gregg Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
3. Joseph Gregg Photo on Marker
 
 
The First Graduation Class Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
4. The First Graduation Class Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] First Graduation Class, 1911 - Joseph Gregg is seated along the bottom row, second from the left
 
 
The First Graduation Class Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
5. The First Graduation Class Photo on Marker
Detail showing Joseph Gregg
 
 
Photo on Historic Structures Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Photo on Historic Structures Marker
[Caption of post card reads] 8334. Entrance to U. S. Naval Training Station; Waukegan, Ill.
 
 
Photo on Historic Structures Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
7. Photo on Historic Structures Marker
[Caption of post card reads] Instruction Building [#3], U. S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill.
 
 
Photo on Historic Structures Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
8. Photo on Historic Structures Marker
[Caption of post card reads] Mess Hall [Bldg #5], U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill.
 
 
Photo on Historic Structures Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
9. Photo on Historic Structures Marker
[Caption on post card reads] Administration Building [Bldg #1], U.S. Naval Training Station, North Chicago, Ill.
 
 
Aerial Photo on Historic Structures Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
10. Aerial Photo on Historic Structures Marker
[Caption on post card reads] Aerial view, U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill., 800 ft. elevation
 
 
The First Recruit Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
11. The First Recruit Marker
 
 
Building #4, Former Instruction Bldg (Center Wing) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
12. Building #4, Former Instruction Bldg (Center Wing)
Looking north across Ross Field
 
 
Building #5, Former Mess Hall Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
13. Building #5, Former Mess Hall
 
 
Administration Building #1 Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
14. Administration Building #1
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 602 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   2. submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   11. submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   12, 13, 14. submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
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