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Niland in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camp Dunlap

 
 
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By Tim Wilcox
1. Camp Dunlap Marker
Inscription.  Three miles east of Niland are the remains of Camp Dunlap, established 15 October 1942 as a training base of the 12th Marines, the Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Marine Division. The camp was named in honor of Brigadier General Robert H. Dunlap, USMC, who is referred to as the "Father of Marine Corps Artillery". The 12th Marines, under the command of Colonel John B, Wilson, USMC, conducted extensive artillery training at Camp Dunlap before deploying in January 1943 to Auckland New Zealand. The regiment participated in combat campaigns in Bougainville, Northern Solomons, Guam, and Iwo Jima. After WW II, the camp was deactivated its buildings were removed, leaving only the building floors. These remnants earned the site its present nickname of "The Slabs".
 
Erected 2006 by Imperial County Board of Supervisors; Mrs. G.R. Hulse; E Clampus Vitus; Squibob Chapter.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 15, 1942.
 
Location. 33° 14.405′ N, 115° 31.121′ W. Marker is in Niland, California, in Imperial
Camp Dunlap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Wilcox
2. Camp Dunlap Marker
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County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Route 111, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Main Street, Niland CA 92257, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain (approx. 2.8 miles away); Salvation Mountain (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. ECV
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Tim Wilcox of Los Angeles, California. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Tim Wilcox of Los Angeles, California.   2. submitted on April 28, 2021. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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