#985:  Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area - Camp Iron Mountain

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Plaque is on Hwy 177, 32.7 mi N of the 10 from Desert Center





Private Plaque



From the Plaque:

Iron Mountain Divisional Camp was established at this site in the Spring of 1942. One of eleven such camps built in the California-Arizona Desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The first major unit trained here was the 3rd Armored Division followed by elements of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Armored Divisions. In all, one million men trained in the desert before the Training Center was officially closed in May of 1944. The most unique feature built at this camp is the huge relief map built into the desert floor. It can still be seen. This monument is dedicated to the men and women who served here.

This monument placed by Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area.

October 13, 1985. Rededicated in 2014.

©2009 David Schmitt