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Fenner in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Clipper Divisional Camp

Camp Clipper - Desert Training Center

 

—California-Arizona Maneuver Area —

 
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By Joseph Beeman, April 18, 2006
1. Clipper Divisional Camp Marker
Inscription. 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 battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center was a simulated theater of operations that included portions of California, Arizona and Nevada. The other camps were Young, Coxcomb, Iron Mountain, Ibis, Granite, Pilot Knob, Laguna, Horn, Hyder, Bouse and Rice.

A total of 13 infantry divisions and 7 armored divisions plus numerous smaller units were trained in this harsh environment. The training center was in operation for almost two years and was closed early in 1944 when the last units were shipped overseas. During the brief period of operation over one million American soldiers were trained for combat.

The 33rd & 93rd Infantry Divisions were trained here.

This monument is dedicated to all the soldiers that served here, and especially those who gave their lives in battle, ending the Holocaust & defeating the armed forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan.
 
Erected 1991 by the Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Cal-trans, Essex Maintenance Station and in cooperation
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By Joseph Beeman, April 18, 2006
2. Clipper Divisional Camp Marker
with the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area; on October 13th. (Marker Number 985.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 48.49′ N, 115° 13.185′ W. Marker is in Fenner, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Interstate 40 6 miles east of the Essex Road Interchange, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The Plaque is located in the east-bound Fenner Rest Area on I-40 about 38 miles west of Needles. It is located to the west of the rest area buildings. Marker is in this post office area: Essex CA 92332, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkie Safety Roadside Rest Area At Fenner (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pah-Ute Creek (approx. 11.6 miles away); Army Camp at Goffs (approx. 11.7 miles away); Goffs Schoolhouse (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Historic California Posts: Camp Clipper (Camp Essex). (Submitted on December 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker Dedication Weekend
Camp Clipper was the 7th of
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By Bill Kirchner, December 16, 2012
3. Clipper Divisional Camp Marker
the Desert Training Center markers to commemorate desert training camps of World War II. A second marker was also dedicated on this weekend commemorating the Goffs Schoolhouse. At this event the local Sheriff came to visit our campsite. The kind soul returned some lost Clampers he found wondering about the desert confused. The Sheriff cautioned it may be wise to instruct members in the "lay of the land" and the need to drink water at future events.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
    — Submitted December 19, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.

 
Categories. War, World II
 
Original layout of Camp Essex image. Click for full size.
Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region, Laguna Niguel, California., June 30, 2000
4. Original layout of Camp Essex
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 2,599 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on March 12, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California.   3. submitted on December 26, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on December 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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