My name is Ronald Wilson, my father trained here at Camp White in 1943. Charles C. Wilson lives in Tulare, California. In 1943 he boarded a train headed north for Camp White.
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Construction on Camp White began on Feb 25, 1942, and was complete on December 14, 1942. Camp White was named after Major George A. White and was deactivated in April 1946. This Camp trained more than 110,000 troops during WWII. It was at one time the second-largest city in Oregon.
Camp White was a fully functional facility with hospitals, dentists, barbers shops, laundry, P. Ex for the troops, churches, etc. for the men coming to be trained. White city was nearby with a train depot where servicemen would arrive and depart, had local movie theaters, restaurants, bowling alleys, and laundry facilities where the men could drop off their dry cleaning. Upon arriving at Camp White, men would register, receive an assignment to sleeping quarters, receive their uniforms and training clothes, and would get orientation as to what was expected of them. Early training would be marching, running, exercises, and classroom instruction. The main goal was to get these men ready for combat. Combat engineers were trained by building several types of bridges, blowing them up, crossing rivers with boats carrying troops under fire, repairing roads, security, mine detection, and whatever else was needed to keep the troops moving during the war. I will remind everyone that the combat engineers were some of the first to hit the beaches of Normandy.
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Early in 1941, the war department decided they needed to build nine more training bases. Camp White was one of them. By November, the planning for the base was mostly completed. Shortly after that as you well know, Pearl Harbor was bombed. So the business at hand began. Camp White next to Medford, Oregon, and Camp Adair next to Corvallis, Oregon.
The Basic plan for Camp White had three zones. The Central, which housed the housing and administration services for the troops. It also contained two areas for field training and maneuvers. One was named Beagle and the other was Antelope. On September 15, 1942, the camp was officially dedicated to George A. White.
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