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MCB Camp Lejeune, NC

World War II had started and military planners were posturing forces for America's eminent entry to the fight. The need for an East Coast amphibious training facility was answered as the War Department purchased an initial 11,000 acre tract of land. With close proximity to ports at Wilmington and Morehead City, Lejeune was a logistical gem. When planners added the remote pine forests and miles of beach the value of Camp Lejeune as a home training base for Marines was unbeatable.

On May 1, 1941, LtCol. William P.T. Hill, was ordered by the 17th Commandant Major General Thomas Holcomb to establish and assume command of the base, then known as Marine Barracks New River, N.C. His original headquarters was located at Montford Point and in August of 1942 it was moved to Building #1 at Hadnot Point, where it remains today.

Near the end of 1942, the base took on a the name of Camp Lejeune, named in honor of the 13th Commandant and Commanding General of the 2d Army Division in World War I, Major General John Archer Lejeune.

W4LEV and N0FAA are no longer assigned and N0MCL is assigned to T Richmond Stewart.    (01/01/2005)                          Back to Top