Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Camp William B.
Located in 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."