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Desert Training Center Historical Markers

The Desert Training Center was established by General George S. Patton Jr., to prepare American troops for battle during World War II. It covered 18,000 square miles and was the largest military training ground ever to exist. Located in the Mojave Desert it included areas from Nevada, Arizona and Southern California.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 89 — 736th Tank Battalion (M) SP
Camp Bouse September 1943 to March 1944 "The Kid Battalion" From Normandy to the Elbe: •Normandy •Northern France •Ardennes •Rhineland •Central Europe — Map (db m78563) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 738th Medium Tank Battalion, Special — World War II — 1943 – 1945
Dedicated to the men who gave time in their lives to serve honorably and courageously for our country. We take this moment in time to recognize their achievements which were done with pride and dignity. * * * Campaigns Ardennes - Alsace - . . . — Map (db m29160) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 95 — 739th Tank Battalion (SP) (ME)
Campaigns Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe The 739th Tank Battalion was activated in March 1943 at Fort Lewis, Washington. The officers were from various states, the enlisted personnel from Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. The . . . — Map (db m78558) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 90 — 740th Tank Battalion — Daredevil Tankers
The 740th tank battalion was activated at Fort Knox, Ky. on March 1, 1943. It trained at Fort Knox and at Camp Bouse, Az. as a canal defense light (CDL) unit and as a standard medium tank battalion from October 15, 1943 to April 24, 1944 then sailed . . . — Map (db m78562) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — Camp Bouse
General George Patton established Camp Bouse in 1943 in the Butler Valley as the site for training over 5,500 carefully screened and qualified volunteers. These soldiers were trained to use a highly secret weapon called the Canal Defense Light. . . . — Map (db m29165) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 96 — Camp Bouse — The 554th Ordnance - Heavy Maintenance Company (Tanks) — 9th Tank Group CDL Project
Activated 1 April, 1943 at Camp Perry, OH. Completed basic training and then sent to Ft. Knox, KY. Unit then assigned to Camp Bouse, AZ arriving there 9 November, 1943. Maintaining operation of special tanks named "Leaflets" was specific assignment. . . . — Map (db m78557) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 88 — Camp Bouse — The 701st Tank Battalion
Campaigns Central Europe Northern France Rhineland The 701st tank battalion was activated 3/28/43 at Camp Campbell, KY. Here 553 young men and officers began their journey into history. These men began their basic training and for many saw . . . — Map (db m78564) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 86 — Camp Bouse — The 526th A. I. B. - Canal Defense Light Project — Desert Training Center - California – Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Bouse was established in Butler Valley 30 miles behind this monument in Sept. of 1943. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. . . . — Map (db m78566) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 114 — George L. Wendt — Headquarters Company — 526 Armored Infantry Battalion
United States Army World War II 1924 – 2002 Whose dedication to the memory of his brothers in arms, who fell in the Battle of the Ardennes, made this historical park possible. — Map (db m78542) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 120 — In Memory of Eight Ball - Morale Officer — Equus asinus — Camp Bouse
He was our drinking buddy While on duty He drank our beer He was Full of good cheer And went to the nurses' quarters around the bend And came to an untimely end, Of the Colonel, he was unaware That it would be the crime of all time . . . — Map (db m78536) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — Monument Row
We bring to a close We tried to find We must now impose Units not found 748th Tank Battalion 150th Station Hospital 538th Ordnance Company 166th Quartermaster 629th Quartermaster — Map (db m29161) HM
Arizona (La Paz County), Bouse — 119 — The 526th Armored Infantry Battalion — World War II
In honored memory of those soldiers of the battalion who trained here at Camp Bouse and gave their lives in combat to preserve the freedom of the United States and to set the Peoples of Europe free. Headquarters Company Donald D. . . . — Map (db m78537) HM
Arizona (Yuma County), Dateland — 110 — Hyder Divisional Camp-Horn Divisional Camp Desert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area — United States Army
Camps Hyder & Horn were established 10 miles north of Dateland in the fall of 1943. They were 2 of 15 desert camps built to harden and train United States Troops for service in World War II. The Desert Training Center was a simulated theater of . . . — Map (db m78546) HM
Arizona (Yuma County), Yuma — Camp Laguna — Desert Training Center — California – Arizona Maneuver Area
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 . . . — Map (db m29061) HM
California (Imperial County), Felicity — 985 — Site of Camp Pilot Knob
Camp Pilot Knob was a unit of the Desert Training Center, established by General George S. Patton Jr., to prepare American troops for battle during World War II. It was the largest military training ground ever to exist. At the peak of activity here . . . — Map (db m50590) HM
California (Riverside County), Chiriaco Summit — 106 — Camp Young Airstrip — Camp Young - Headquarters — Desert Training Center California-Arizona Maneuver Area
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 . . . — Map (db m78550) HM
California (Riverside County), Chiriaco Summit — 985 — Desert Training Center — California Arizona Maneuver Area
The D.T.C was established by Major General George S. Patton Jr. in response to a need to train American combat troops for battle in North Africa during World War II. The camp, which began operation in 1942 covered 18,000 square miles. It was the . . . — Map (db m50700) HM
California (Riverside County), Chiriaco Summit — 113 — The Chiriaco Family
Joseph L. Chiriaco came to California from Alabama in 1925. His work as a surveyor for the Los Angeles Bureau of Water and Power and later for the Metropolitan Water District on the Colorado River aqueduct, begun in 1931, brought him to the desert . . . — Map (db m78543) HM
California (Riverside County), Chiriaco Summit — The Desert Training Center
[This is a four sided monument displaying three different markers:] Front - Facing West: Desert Training Center * Camp Young * Maj. Gen. George S. Patton Jr., U.S. Army, selected Camp Young as headquarters site for the Desert . . . — Map (db m32139) HM
California (Riverside County), Chuckwalla — 149 — 36th Evacuation Hospital (SM)
During the opening days of the World War II, more than 18,000 square miles of the Arizona and California desert were designated by the U.S. Army as a military training facility. The facility, conceived by General George Patton and referred to as the . . . — Map (db m78512) HM
California (Riverside County), Chuckwalla — 148 — Coxcomb Divisional Camp — Camp Coxcomb — Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Coxcomb was established at this site in the Spring of 1942. It was one of fifteen such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center . . . — Map (db m78513) HM
California (Riverside County), Chuckwalla — 53 — Young Divisional Camp — Camp Young Headquarters Desert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Young, named after Lt. Gen. S.B.M. Young, the 1st Army Chief of Staff, was established at this site in the Spring of 1942. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States Troops for service to . . . — Map (db m78581) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Fenner — 985 — Clipper Divisional Camp — Camp Clipper - Desert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Clipper was established at a site that reached From Essex Road to this location in the spring of 1942. It was one of twelve such camps built in the Southwestern Desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the . . . — Map (db m72258) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — 136 — Army Camp at Goffs — Desert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
The U. S. Army maintained a camp at Goffs 1942-1944. Goffs was an important railhead, supply point, hospital, and for three months in 1942 Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division. That unit went on to distinguish itself in combat in the Aleutians . . . — Map (db m78523) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Needles — 44 — Ibis Divisional Camp - Desert Training Center — California – Arizona Maneuver Area — 440th Anti – Aircraft Artillery - (Automatic Weapons) Battalion
Camp Ibis was established at this site in the spring of 1942 – one of eleven such camps built in the California – Arizona Desert to harden and train United States Troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The 440th AAA . . . — Map (db m78585) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 153 — Granite Divisional Camp — Camp Granite — Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Granite was established at this site in the spring of 1942. It was one of fifteen such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center . . . — Map (db m83038) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 151 — Iron Mountain Divisional Camp — Desert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Iron Mountain divisional camp was established at this site in the spring of 1942. One of eleven such camps built in the California-Arizona desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The first . . . — Map (db m77424) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 63 — Rice Divisional Camp — Camp Rice — Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Rice was established at this site in the spring of 1942. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center was . . . — Map (db m78576) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Cal-Nev-Ari — 138 — Cal-Nev-Ari
Originally known as Stage Field, this was an outlying airfield of Camp Ibis, one of the eleven camps established within the Desert Training Center, California-Arizonan Maneuver Area during World War II. Developed by General George S. Patton, Jr., . . . — Map (db m78522) HM

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