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General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Was Visited by the Traveling Webmaster on 19 March 2004.
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Destination :      General George S. Patton Memorial Museum

Category :      History / Museum

Location :      City : Chiriaco Summit     State : California

When :      Any Time

Reason to Visit :      General George S. Patton Memorial Museum was established (in association with the Bureau of Land Management) to honor the late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him at the Desert Training Center and in the North Africa campaigns of WW2.

The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum is near the entrance to Camp Young, command post for the Desert Training Center, also known as the California-Arizona Maneuver Area or CAMA, which was established in late March, 1942 (at the beginning of World War 2). Then Major General George S. Patton established the Desert Training Center and was the first Commanding General of Camp Young and the Desert Training Center. The Desert Training Center was established to prepare Patton's First Army Corp for combat operations in North Africa.

There were a total of 11 camps in the Desert Training Center. In addition to Camp Young (Major General George S. Patton's headquarters as Commanding General of the Desert Training Center) were Camp Coxcomb, Camp Iron Mountain, Camp Granite, Camp Essex, Camp Ibis, Camp Hyder, Camp Horn, Camp Laguna, Camp Pilot Knob and Camp Bouse. These camps were scattered about the massive base which was the largest army base in the world during WW2. It was 350 miles wide and 250 miles deep.

The Desert Training Center (California-Arizona Maneuver Area or CAMA) was disestablished on April 30, 1944. At it's height, in July 1943, there were 10,966 officers, 514 flight personnel, 604 nurses and hospital attendants, and 179, 536 enlisted personnel assigned for a total of 191,620.

The museum site was donated by Joseph Chiriaco, one of the first area residents General Patton met when he arrived to set up the center.

Exhibits display memorabilia from the life and career of General Patton. The exhibit halls include the many and varied aspects of military life with emphasis on the Desert Training Center and soldiers of World War 2.

Directions:
The museum, is located off Interstate 10, about 30 miles east of Indio at Chiriaco Summit.

Submitted By :      The Traveling Webmaster added General George S. Patton Memorial Museum as I had intended to visit all along.

Visted Yet During This Adventure? : Yes

Ray Plumlee's Rating :      4 Stars out of 5.

When Visited :      19 March 2004

Ray Plumlee's Comments :
The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, located at Chiriaco Summit, is well worth a visit if you are traveling along Interstate 10 between Indio and Desert Center.

The museum depicts General George Smith Patton Jr's contribution to the establishment of the Desert Traing Center and his Headquarters at Camp Young. General George S. Patton Jr. was the first Commanding General of the Desert Training Center. Here General Patton trained his troops prior to embarking on their North Africa campaign.

General Patton is my favorite WW2 general in part because of his portrayal by George C. Scott (for which he one an Oscar for best actor) in the movie, "Patton," which is, without a doubt, one of the best WW2 movies ever made.


My Truck in front of the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum located at Chiriaco Summit in California.

My Truck in front of the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum located at Chiriaco Summit in California.

General George S. Patton display.

General George S. Patton display.

General George S. Patton's Ivory handled pistol (replica).

General George S. Patton's Ivory handled pistol (replica).

Certifying letter for the After Action Report for the 3rd Army exploints during WW2.

Certifying letter for the After Action Report for the 3rd Army exploints during WW2.

The only thing left from the original Fort Young headquarters of the Desert Training Center (DTC). It is one wall of the chapel.  It is now used as an open air chapel for special occations.

The only thing left from the original Fort Young headquarters of the Desert Training Center (DTC). It is one wall of the chapel. It is now used as an open air chapel for special occations.


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Great history: Tony from K-town Germany Oustanding 1 of 2
Altar photo caption: Francis Blake from Fullerton, CA Acceptable 4 of 6
Altar: Emilie Cross from Dawson, Georgia, USA Above Average 1 of 5
542nd Engin. Co. (Surv. Base): John P. Carrington from Chenango Forks, NY Oustanding 1 of 1
the orgin of the desert stone alter: Rev. Gene W. Boisseau usn-ret from Kitsap County, Bremerton, WA. USA Oustanding 3 of 3
Historical visit, stone alter: gene W. Boisseau usn-ret. from Bremerton, Washington Oustanding 0 of 0
Historical visit, stone alter: Gene W. Boisseau usn-ret. from Bremerton, Washington Oustanding 0 of 0
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