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Chiriaco Summit in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camp Young Airstrip

Camp Young - Headquarters

 

—Desert Training Center California-Arizona Maneuver Area —

 
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By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
1. Camp Young Airstrip Marker
Inscription. The Camp Young Airstrip was established at this site in March 1942 by order of General George S. Patton. It was used to provide Camp Young with supplies and other essential material. It supported air transportation for the command staff of the Desert Training Center. General Patton also had his personal airplane stationed here. The field was 6000' long and 300' wide. It was capable of handling C-47 Skytrains, C-46 Air Commandos, and C-54 Skymasters. The general service agency deeded the strip to the County of Riverside on June 2, 1948.

This monument is dedicated to those American soldiers who trained here and who gave their lives in the victory over Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, and in ending the Holocaust.
 
Erected 2001 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Patton Museum. (Marker Number 106.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 39.696′ N, 115° 43.174′ W. Marker is in Chiriaco Summit, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Chiriaco Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located east of the General Patton Memorial Museum, at the southwest
Camp Young Airstrip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
2. Camp Young Airstrip Marker
corner of the fenced-off runway and airplane parking area, and may be hidden by parked 18-wheelers. Marker is at or near this postal address: 62450 Chiriaco Road, Indio CA 92201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chiriaco Family (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Contractors General Hospital (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); Catapults (about 700 feet away); Romero Pass (about 700 feet away); Scythed Chariots (about 700 feet away); Cannons (about 800 feet away); 33-barreled Organs (about 800 feet away); California-Arizona Maneuver Area (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chiriaco Summit.
 
Regarding Camp Young Airstrip. This airstrip at the first camp, Camp Young, was named after General Samuel B.M. Young, who as a Captain in the Eight Cavalry in the late 1860's, patrolled the Mojave Road as part of his California assignment. This pass location has also been known at various times as Shaver's Summit, Romero Pass, Bradshaw Pass and Grant Pass. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Camp Young Airstrip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 16, 2012
3. Camp Young Airstrip Marker
Chiriaco Summit Airport image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
4. Chiriaco Summit Airport
 
 
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