Near Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Desert Training Center
— California – Arizona Maneuver Area —
The Desert Training Center, a simulated theater of operations, included portions of Arizona, California and Nevada. The other camps were Young, Coxcomb, Iron Mountain, Ibis, Clipper, Pilot Knob, Bouse, Granite, Horn, Hyder, and Rice. Over one million soldiers from approximately 400 units were trained at the center. These units included 13 infantry divisions, 7 armored divisions and numerous non-divisional units.
Camp Laguna was the training site for the 3rd and 9th Armored Divisions, 79th Infantry Divisions, Italian service units and special bridge test section.
Erected 1998 by Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917, Ancient and Honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, In cooperation with The United States Army, Yuma Proving Ground.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1942.
Location. 32° 49.708′ N, 114° 23.416′ W. Marker is near Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker is on East Imperial Dam Road, half a mile west of U.S. 95, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yuma AZ 85365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Italians at the Yuma Test Branch (approx. 5.4 miles away); World War II Bridge Test Site (approx. 5.4 miles away); Site of Mission San Pedro (approx. 7.3 miles away in California); El Camino Del Diablo (approx. 11.2 miles away); Red Top Wash Bridge (approx. 12.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,249 times since then and 218 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.