#0985 Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area - Camp Granite


#0985 Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area - Camp Granite

Site information:

S side of Hwy 62, 5.5 mi E of intersection with 177


Plaque information:

Private plaque

Plaque text:

Tough Ombres 90th Infantry Division

Granite Divisional Camp, Camp Granite, Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Center

Camp Granite was established at this site in the Spring of 1942. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center was a simulated theater of operations that included portions of California, Arizona and Nevada. The other camps were Young, Granite, Iron Mountain, Ibis, Clipper, Pilot Knob, Laguna, Horn, Hyder, Bouse and Rice. A total of 13 infantry divisions and 7 armored divisions plus numerous smaller units were trained in this harsh environment. The Training Center was in operation for almost 2 years and was closed early in 1944 when the last units were shipped overseas. During the brief period of operation over one million American soldiers were trained for combat.

This monument is dedicated to all the soldiers that served here and especially those who gave their lives in battle, ending the holocaust and defeating the armed forces of nazi Germany, fascist Italy and imperial Japan.

Plaque placed by the Billy Holcomb chapter of the Ancient and Honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, and the Southern California chapter of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club, the Society of Vituscan Missionaries, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area.

March 19, 1989. Rededicated in 2014.