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Camp William B.
(Camp Valley Center)
Originally a Civilian Conservation Corps installation named Camp
Valley Center, Camp William B. Roe was a training camp for the
8th Regiment of the California State Guard.
It was named for Captain
William Beach Roe, of the California State Guard by General Order
No. 23, dated 9 April 1942. The following article was taken from
the June 17, 1942 issue of the San Diego Union which was
provided by Captain Roe's grandson, Bill Roe of Chula Vista:
Camp Honors Founder
William Beach Roe
Her voice choked with emotion but fighting bravely to hold back
the tears. Mrs. Florence Roe, of San Diego, yesterday presented
a flag to the Eighth Regiment, California State guard, as part
of stirring ceremonies at which the regiment camp near Valley
Center was dedicated to the memory of her husband.
The camp was named in honor of Capt. William Roe who assisted
in organizing the state guard and was one of the first executive
officers. Roe, a World War I veteran, died last August.
Attending the ceremonies were Brig. Gen. J. O. Donovan, commanding
the state guard; Col. Rupert Hughes, noted author, who commands
the second area of the state guard; Lt. Col. Murney Mintzei,
commanding the Eighth regiment; Col. Jesse M. Holmes, U.S.A.,
ret.; Maj. Chapman Grant, U.S.A., ret.; William G. Roe, Capt.
Roe's son, and Mrs. Minnie Brown, Mrs. Roe's mother.
state guard officers who participated in the dedication of Camp
Roe, were (left to right): Brig. Gen. J. O. Donovan, state guard
commander; Col. E. Trechter, U.S.A.; Col. Rupert Hughes, commanding
state guard second area, and Lt. Col. Murney Mintzer, commanding
the Eighth regiment.
TWO PLATOONS PRESENT
Holmes and Grant, with
Lt. Col. F. J. Ostermann, U.S.A., ret., comprise the officers'
examining board for the state guard in San Diego and Imperial
Only two platoons of the regiment took part in the dedication
as other state guardsmen were on duty protecting "the city
and county reservoirs and other strategic points.
In presenting the Stars and Stripes to Capt. H. K. Raymenton,
training camp commnder, Mrs. Roe said:
"I am deeply grateful for the privilege of presenting
this flag on behalf of my beloved husband, Capt. William B. Roe,
for whom this camp is named."
Capt. Roe Presents Flag at Dedication: Mrs. Florence Roe, widow
of Capt. William Roe, presents flag to Capt. H. K. Raymenton,
training camp commander of the Eighth regiment, California state
guard, during the dedication ceremonies yesterday in honor of
her husband. At the right of Mrs. Roe is Brig. Gen. J. O. Donovan,
state guard commander. Standing back of Capt. Raymenton Is Lt.
E. F. Koontz.
PAY TRIBUTE TO ROE
"I accept this flag on behalf of the officers and men of
this camp," replied Raymenton.
Tribute to Roe was paid
by Donovan. "Sometimes we are given an assignment that is
difficult to perform," said Donovan.
"Today I am asked to speak about a friend who served in
the same division I did in France. When I started to organize
the state guard he gave me every, assistance and encourgement.
Bill Roe was a fine distinguished officer."Even to think
of Bill saddens me and it is difficult for me to find words adequately
to express my feelings. I feel that it is a fitting thing to
dedicate this camp to the memory of Capt. Bill Roe."
COL. HUGHES SPEAKS
Hughes, in a brief talk to the state guardsmen, said:
"My heart aches
for the widow of Capt. Roe. I ask that you guardsmen keep his
name forever in your memory and that you make yourselves good
soldiers as quickly as you can for it is you that must aid to
preserve the ideals and institutions of our country."
Camp Vallet Center/William B. Roe
Valley Center History Museum
Historic Site: 28741 Cole Grade Road,
Valley Center (Site Demolished)
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
was created by President Roosevelt in 1933 as a work relief program
to combat poverty and unemployment among young men during the
Great Depression. Persons housed in CCC camps worked on conservation
and reforestation programs in rural areas, planted trees, fought
forest fires, and helped build roads. They were paid $1 per day.
The CCC camp in Valley Center opened in
1933 on 40 acres at 28741 Cole Grade Road. As many as 400 young
men were housed at the site in newly-constructed barracks.
The CCC camp closed in 1936, and the property
was turned over to the State Department of Natural Resources
for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
In cooperation with the County of San Diego, the site became
a detention home for boys. Some of the CCC cabins were moved
to other locations.
In 1938, the site became a relief camp~
for jobless single men who were awaiting certification to participate
in a jobs program sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
(WPA). A central office building was constructed. Men at the
camp performed nursery work as part of a reforestation program.
By 1940, the camp became home to the California
State Guard, a volunteer military reserve group that assumed
responsibility of the National Guard when the latter was mobilized.
In 1942, the Valley Center regiment site was dedicated as Camp
Roe in memory of Capt William Roe, an organizer of the state
With official disbandment of the State
Guard in 1947, Camp Roe closed and the site later became home
of the California Department of Forestry (CDF). In 2006, the
CDF moved its Valley Center station to new quarters at 14946
The CCC office was
housed in an historic (ca. 1880) adobe home that originally was
part of a 160-acre homestead. The parcel on which the adobe sits
is now owned by the VCPUSD and faces school road. It is used
As recently as 1985, an historic plaque
was observed on a barracks building noting this as a CCC site
It was removed and its whereabouts are unknown. In 1938, a
bronze WPA marker was central office building. In 2006, it was
removed and relocated to the new CDF station
In 2011, the CCC was sold to the Valley
Center-Pauma Unified School District
In 2013, the Valley Center-Pauma Unified
School District razed the structures to accommodate a sports
California State Guard General Order 23 Naming Camp William B.