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Camp Kearny
(San Diego County)

 
 
Camp Kearny was established July 18, 1917, named in honor of Bigadier General Stephen Watts Kearny who led the Army of the West to San Diego in 1846. It was one of 32 new camps created in May 1917, each designed to house 40,000 troops with 1200 buildings and tents on 10,000 acres. Most of Camp Kearny’s soldiers lived in tents, as more than 65,000 men trooped through the camp on their way to World War I battlegrounds. After the war, the camp was used as a demobilization center.
 
During this period, the 40th Division (now the 40th Infantry Division) was formed from units of the National Guards of California and other southwestern states.

Camp Kearny was located 11-1/2 miles north of San Diego on 12,721 acres and gave its name to the surrounding mesa. It cost $4.5 million to build and ended October 31, 1920. The site of Camp Kearny is now
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
 
To view photographs of Camp Kearney, CLICK HERE
 
 
 
 

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