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Great Lakes in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

World War II

 
 
World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
1. World War II Marker
Inscription.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, only 6,814 sailors were in training at Great Lakes. Two hours after the attack began, Captain Spaulding, the Public Works Officer, authorized a large construction program. 13 prime contractors, 27 architectural firms, and over 13,000 workers labored around the clock to house and train the rapidly growing population in training that reached 100,156 by March 1944. Over 1,000 buildings were constructed and land area expanded from 685 to 1440 acres. In 1946, four months after the war’s end, only 10,000 recruits remained. The Bureau of Naval Personnel announced plans to discontinue recruit training at Great Lakes. Strong protests from the Midwest eventually led to the cancellation of the plan.
 
Erected by Naval Station Great Lakes.
 
Location. 42° 18.706′ N, 87° 50.409′ W. Marker is in Great Lakes, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Farragut Avenue near Sampson Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in the Historic District of Naval Station Great Lakes. Marker is in this post office area: Great Lakes IL 60088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Lakes Athletics (here, next to this marker); Women at Great Lakes
Photo on World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
2. Photo on World War II Marker
[Caption reads] Arrival of New Recruits to U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois.
(here, next to this marker); The Post War Era (here, next to this marker); Wings over Great Lakes (here, next to this marker); Great Lakes History Trail (here, next to this marker); Fighting Tradesmen (here, next to this marker); Base Realignment and Closure (here, next to this marker); Origins of the Base / Construction (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Lakes.
 
Also see . . .
1. Naval Station Great Lakes. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Great Lakes Naval Museum. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Great Lakes Naval Training Station. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EducationMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
Photo on World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
3. Photo on World War II Marker
[Caption reads] Boys in Hammocks.
Photo on World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
4. Photo on World War II Marker
[Caption reads] Sighting and Firing Drill.
Sailor Photo on World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
5. Sailor Photo on World War II Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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