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The Naval Training Center, San Diego, had its in-
ception in 1916 when Mr. William Kettner, Con-
gressman from the Eleventh Congressional District
of California and spokesman for the San Diego
Chamber of Commerce, interested the Honorable
Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of
the Navy, in establishing a naval training activity
on the shores of San Diego Bay. Due to the Nation,s
entry into World War I, further development of this
plan was postponed until 1919, when Congress au-
thorized acceptance by the Navy of the present site
of the Training Center. The original grant con-
sisted of 135 acres of highland donated by the San
Diego Chamber of Commerce and 142 acres of tide-
land given by the City of San Diego. Construction
work began in 1921, and on 1 June 1923 the U. S.
Naval Training Station, San Diego, was placed in
commission under the command of Captain Clater
Rear Admiralj David F. Sellers, U. S. Navy.
At the time of its commissioning in 1923 the station
bore little resemblance to its present size or arrange-
ment. At that time Camp Paul Jones housed the
entire population of the station and the maximum
recruit strength was 1,500. The period of recruit
training was then sixteen weeks. The shore line of
San Diego Bay extended considerably further inland
than at presen.t, and the land now occupied by
Preble Field, the North Athletic Area and Camp
Farragut was entirely under water. The present
Reception Center was then the Administration Build-
ing, and the recruit parade ground was located on
the present site of the Public Works garage. During
the 192O,s, the Recruit Receiving and Outgoing
Units were housed in the Detention Unit, known as
Camp Ingram, which consisted of a group of walled
tents adjacent to the south boundary of Camp Paul
Jones. Until Camp Lawrence was completed in
1936, recruits spent their first three weeks of train-
ing under canvas in this Detention Unit.
In 1939 a construction program was commenced
which within three years was to increase the capac-
ity of the station four-fold. This expansion went
hand in glove with a large scale program of harbor
improvements by means of which the channel and
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