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Auburn in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camp Flint

 
 
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By Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
1. Camp Flint Marker
Inscription.  At the onset of World War II the U.S. Army's Western Defense Command and Fourth Army sought to secure the strategically important railroad through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. On December 9th 1941, soldiers of the 32nd Infantry Division arrived here in Auburn at "Camp Flint", a base of operations for providing static defense of the railroad's vulnerable infrastructure. In February 1942, the 754th Military Police Battalion arrived at Camp Flint and assumed the railroad security duties of the 32nd Infantry Division who departed in March of 1942. 200 German Prisoners of War were transferred to Camp Flint from Florence, Arizona to provide support at DeWitt General Hospital in June 1945. There were more than 500 POWs when the camp was at its peak. Additional security fencing and guard towers were added to the site to secure the POW camp. Although the hospital was closed in December of 1945 , German Prisoners remained at Camp Flint through February of 1946.
 
Erected 2012 by Lord Sholto Douglas Chapter #3 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II
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By Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
2. Camp Flint Marker
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. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1942.
 
Location. 38° 53.481′ N, 121° 4.363′ W. Marker is in Auburn, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from Fairgate Road east of Auburn/Folsom Road. Marker is located inside the Gold Country Fairgrounds. It is in front of the museum near the Sierra Building. The parking lot for the fairgrounds is located at 209 Fairgate Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn CA 95603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Placer County Museum (here, next to this marker); Location of Camp Flint (here, next to this marker); Travelers’ Rest (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gietzen Fire Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gold Bug Stamp Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chinese Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Historic Cooper Amphitheater (approx. 0.3 miles away); Western States Endurance Run Finish Line (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Also see . . .  DeWitt General Hospital. A detailed history of DeWitt General Hospital. (Submitted on February 12, 2017.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 12, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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