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By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
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Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — "Brick Row"Great Lakes History Trail Stop 8
Eleven original Officer’s Quarters stand along the bluff of Lake Michigan behind Building One. Six were designed for junior officers, four for senior officers and one for the Commandant. Original occupants included the junior Chaplain, junior . . . — Map (db m38080) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Base Realignment and Closure
On many occasions during its history, Great Lakes Naval Training Center has fought to remain an important training location for the Navy. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision of 1993 finally seems to have put an end to that fight. This . . . — Map (db m37879) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Black and White
In the early months of World War II, the Navy Department designated Great Lakes as the only site for training African-American recruits. Since recruit training camps were named after naval heroes, it was thought fitting to do the same for the camp . . . — Map (db m38002) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Building FiveGreat Lakes History Trail Stop 4
The Mess Hall and Galley were designed to serve one thousand two hundred eighty men, but during WWI, over five thousand sailors were fed at each meal. The ornamentation on the outside walls of the Mess Hall suggests the purpose of the building. Its . . . — Map (db m38005) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Building FourGreat Lakes History Trail Stop 5
The original Drill Hall, now a gymnasium, was designed with battered walls to give the massive building a military, fort-like appearance. Above the main entrance, the architects provided a large ornamentation of the bow of an ancient sailing ship, . . . — Map (db m38182) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Building OneGreat Lakes History Trail Stop 9
Building one, with offices for the base commander and staff, was originally known as the Administration Building. Designed as the focal point of the base, its 155-foot tower overlooks the parade field and was the tallest structure on the original . . . — Map (db m38079) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Fighting Tradesmen
During World War I, the Public Works Department at Great Lakes was tasked with the original construction of new facilities. Originally, Public Works was to use local civilian contractors. The problem, however, was that patriotic tradesmen joined . . . — Map (db m37870) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Great Lakes Athletics
Throughout WWI and WWII, athletic opportunities for recruits included swimming, basketball, hockey, water polo, boxing, wrestling and track and field. But, it was in football that Great Lakes achieved national prominence. Among the thousands of . . . — Map (db m37922) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Great Lakes History Trail
The Great Lakes History Trail has been established on base to teach about the past and promote a healthy future. As you walk the 2 mile trail, you will learn more about the fascinating history of our great base at the actual locations where it . . . — Map (db m37876) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — LT John Philip Sousa Bandstand
This replica of the 1910 bandstand upon which LT John Philip Sousa, USN directed the Naval Training Center Band was built from original plans in observance of the Naval Training Center's 75th Anniversary. Dedicated by NTC Commander . . . — Map (db m38007) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Original Architectural DesignGreat Lakes History Trail Stop 3
Unlike many military complexes where troops occupied the site before construction, the Great Lakes project was designed and built before training operations began. The architect, Jarvis Hunt of Chicago, varied the design of individual buildings . . . — Map (db m38183) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Origins of the Base / Construction
(Left Side): Origins of the Base During the 1898 Spanish-American War, the Navy recognized that over half of the American sailors in that war had come from the Midwest. Congressman Foss of Illinois suggested that in the future, it might . . . — Map (db m37937) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Rededication of Naval Training Center Great Lakes
To commemorate the rededication of Naval Training Center Great Lakes in honor of all who served here from 1911 to 1986 — Map (db m38076) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The First Recruit / Original Historic Structures
The First Recruit17-year old Joseph Gregg of Terre Haute, Indiana arrived at Great Lakes Naval Center on July 1, 1911, the day of the first commissioning of the Station. Later that year on October 8, President William Howard Taft officially . . . — Map (db m37970) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The Golden Thirteen
In March, 1944, the first African-American naval officers in U.S. history were commissioned at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Twelve ensigns and one warrant officer made American military history, and went on to serve with distinction in World . . . — Map (db m38003) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The Great Lakes Football TeamGreat Lakes History Trail Stop 9
Throughout WWI and WWII, athletic opportunities for recruits included swimming, basketball, hockey, water polo, boxing, wrestling and track & field. But, it was in WWI football that Great Lakes achieved national prominence. Among the thousands of . . . — Map (db m38077) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The Post War Era
With the surrender of Japan and the close of hostilities in August, 1945, a call resounded across the nation to “bring our boys back home.” A demobilization center was established at Great Lakes to process the discharge of sailors. In . . . — Map (db m37926) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — United States Naval Training StationGreat Lakes, Illinois
Land donated, 1905, by The Commercial Club of Chicago, Theodore Roosevelt, President, Paul Morton, Secretary of the Navy, F. A. Delano, President, Commercial Club, Chicago, Graeme Stewart, Member, Commercial Club, Chicago. . . . — Map (db m38082) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Wings over Great Lakes
Early aviation at Great Lakes included both pilot training and schools for enlisted Aviation Quartermasters, Machinists Mates, Aviation Armorers, and Ordinancemen [sic]. The first pilots were from among wealthy Illinois families who not only . . . — Map (db m37873) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Women at Great Lakes
During the astonishing growth of the Navy during World War I, women were, for the first time, accepted into the Navy. These women enlisted into the yeoman rating and were designated with an (F) for female. They served with the aviation unit and . . . — Map (db m37925) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — World War I / Between the Wars
World War IOn April 6, 1917, less than six years after Great Lakes was opened, the U.S. declared war on the Central Powers. By August, the number of trainees grew from 618 to 50,000. Vast tent cities sprang up to house the flood of volunteers. . . . — Map (db m37996) HM
Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — World War II
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 . . . — Map (db m37920) HM

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