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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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anchorages in San Diego Bay were deepened and
130 acres of filled land were added to the eastern
boundaries of the station. By 1941 Camp Luce had
been completed, and the construction of Camps
Mahan, Decatur, and Farragut was already well
under way when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Virtually all this construction work was completed
by September, 1942, when the capacity of the station
had reached its wartime peak of 33,000 men, 25,000
of whom were recruits. The period of recruit train-
ing during World War II varied between three weeks
and seven weeks.
In April, 1944, the Secretary of the Navy changed
the status of the Training Station to that of a group
command and redesignated it the U. S. Naval Train-
ing Center, San Diego. Under the Center Com-
mander were established three subordinate com-
mands: The Recruit Training Command, The
Service School Command and the Administrative
The years immediately following World War II
saw a considerable reduction in population of the
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Training Center despite a post-war expansion of
the Service Schools, and by the end of 1949 the pop-
ulation of the Center had dropped to a twenty-year
low of 5,800 men. Six months later, when the Com-
munists invaded the Republic of Korea, an imme-
diate expansion of all Naval training activities took
place and by September of 1950 the Center was
again operating at nearly full capacity.
During the early months of the Korean conflict it
became apparent that the demand for trained per-
sonnel in the rapidly growing Pacific Fleet would
require further expansion of this training center.
Accordingly, steps were taken by the Navy Depart-
ment to reactivate Camp Elliott, formerly a World
War II Marine Corps training camp which is lo-
cated ten miles north of San Diego on Kearny Mesa.
On 15 January 1951 Camp Elliott was placed in
commission as Elliott Annex of the Naval Training
Center for the purpose of conducting the primary
phases of recruit training. In March, 1953, in line
with the planned reduction in size of the Navy,
training at Elliott Annex was discontinued and it was
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