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Fort Ord


Photograph of main barracks at Fort Ord

Presidio of Monterey, Defense Language Institute

Fort Ord (121.820W 36.632N) was the most important Army base on the U.S. West Coast in 1941, covering some 28,600 acres (11,570 hectares).  Located just inland from Monterey Bay, south of San Francisco, Fort Ord was well placed as an assembly area either for troops defending San Francisco or troops preparing to ship out.

Fort Ord was founded as a cavalry post in 1917, when the government purchased 15,000 acres (6000 hectares) of land near the Presidio of Monterey, the former Mexican military headquarters.  Originally used for training maneuvers, the base was rapidly transformed into a permanent post, at the cost of over $13,000,000, beginning in August 1940. By late 1941 it was headquarters of III Corps and based 7 Division, 53 Regiment, and 19 and 47 Engineer Regiments.  It served as a major training center throughout the war for divisions destined for both the Pacific and European theaters. Only those units that deployed to the Pacific are included in the tables below.

American infantry units arriving at Fort Ord

164 Regiment     
Arrived 1941-12-17
43 Division Arrived 1942-9-6

American engineer units arriving at Fort Ord

35 Engineer Combat Regiment       Arrived 1941-12-23
131 Engineer Combat Regiment     
Arrived 1942-9-6 `
533 Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment     
Activated 1943-5-10
773 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1943-10-20
534 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1943-10-27
708 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1943-10-27
715 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1943-10-27
728 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-1-15
726 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-1-26
727 Amphibian Tractor Battalion     Arrived 1944-1-26
776 Amphibian Tank Battalion Arrived 1944-1-28
536 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-1-29
780 Amphibian Tank Battalion Arrived 1944-4-8
539 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-14
540 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-14
720 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-14
658 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-15
672 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-15
718 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-15
788 Amphibian Tank Battalion Arrived 1944-4-15
826 Amphibian Tractor Battalion Arrived 1944-4-18

Rail connections

Castroville


References

Fort Ord Reuse Authority (accessed 2011-12-15)

Stanton (2006)



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