Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Torrance Engineer Refinery Battalion Camp
by Sgt. Maj. Daniel M. Sebby, Military Historian, California Military Department
Very little is known about this camp. This camp was used to house soldiers working or training at General Petroleum Company's Torrance Refinery. This refinery is now owned by ExxonMobil.
The camp site consisted of a seven acre leased parcel that, according to the War Department Inventory of Owned, Sponsored and Leased Facilities, the site used "Theater of Operations" type buildings to house 120 enlisted soldiers and 10 officers. The camp cost the War Department $4,125.00 in annual lease payments and $25,000.00 in construction costs.
The only unit known to have occupied this camp was the 1006th Engineer Refinery Battalion. It is not know if the entire battalion was present or, as the troop capacity suggests, only selected companies of the battalion

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Posted 11 April 2016