Coxcomb Divisional Camp

Coxcomb Divisional Camp (HM1DHW)

Location: Fairfax, CA 55332 Riverside County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 54.5', W 115° 14.882'

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Camp Coxcomb

— Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area —

Camp Coxcomb was established at this site in the Spring of 1942. It was one of fifteen such camps built in the southwestern deserts 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 thirteen infantry divisions and seven armored divisions plus numerous smaller units were trained in this harsh environment. The trianing 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.

The Sixth Armored Division was declared a liberating unit by the US Army's Center of Military History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945.

This monument is dedicated to all the soldiers that served here and especially for 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 1069 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus and the Veterans of the 6th Armored Division, the 7th Armored Division Associations, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area.

November 11, 1989
Re-dedicated March 14, 2014
Series This marker is part of the Desert Training Center series, and the E Clampus Vitus series.
Marker Number55
Year Placed1989
Placed ByThe Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, the Veterans of the 6th Armored Division, the 7th Armored Division Association and in cooperation with The Bureau of Land Management, Needles Resource Area
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 6:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 661973 N 3753373
Decimal Degrees33.90833333, -115.24803333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 54.5', W 115° 14.882'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 54' 30.00" N, 115° 14' 52.92" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 416 Coxcomb Monument Rd, Fairfax CA 55332, US
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