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Camp Adair
Corvallis, Oregon
Camp Adair old foundations.JPG
Picture of grounds in 2008
Type Military Base
Coordinates 44°42′00″N 123°12′30″W / 44.7000000°N 123.2083333°W / 44.7000000; -123.2083333
Built 1942
Built by United States Army
In use 1942-08-15 - 1943-05-10
1943-08-06 - 1943-11-01
96th Infantry Division
Deployed to Pacific Theater
1942-09-15 - 1943-08-07
104th Infantry Division
Deployed to France
1943-06-15 - 1944-07-25
70th Infantry Division
Deployed to France
1943-11-02 - 1944-03-30
91st Infantry Division
Deployed to North Africa
1944-07-26 - 1946-07-23
Prisoner Of War Camp.
Demolished 1946
Current
owner
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
City of Adair Village
Private
Open to
the public
Yes
Camp Adair remains.JPG
Picture of grounds in 2008

Camp Adair was a United States Army division training facility established north of Corvallis, Oregon. The facility operated from 1942 to 1946. Part of site is now contained within the E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Other parts of Camp Adair became the city of Adair Village.

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History

Camp Adair was named for Henry Rodney Adair, who was a native of Astoria, Oregon and a member of a prominent Oregon pioneer family.[1] After graduating from West Point, he became a cavalry lieutenant.[1] He was killed during the Pancho Villa Expedition at the Battle of Carrizal on June 21, 1916.[1]

The 57,159-acre (231.31 km2)[2] site was built during 1942–1943[1] as a World War II division training and contonment camp, and had temporary quarters for 2,133 officers, and 37,081 enlisted personnel.[2] Although the site was dedicated as "Camp Adair" on September 4, 1943, it had been occupied by troops before that date.[1] Camp Adair post office ran from 1942–1946.[1]

From 1944–1946-07-23,[3] Camp Adair served as a prisoner-of-war camp, housing German and Italian POWs.[4][5]

In 1957, Camp Adair became Camp Adair Air Force Station and SAGE Support Facility.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 140. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.  
  2. ^ a b Stanton, Shelby L. (1984). Order of Battle: U.S. Army World War II. Novato, California: Presidio Press. pp. p256. ISBN 0-89141-195-X.  
  3. ^ Krammer, Arnold (1979). Nazi Prisoners of War in America. Lanham, Maryland: Stein & Day/Scarborough House. pp. p54. ISBN 0-8128-8561-9.  
  4. ^ "News from the Northwest…Oregon: Oregon State University (Corvallis): Recent accessions: Land Records–Camp Adair Properties". Easy Access. Northwest Archivists, Inc.. http://www.lib.washington.edu/nwa/documents/EasyAccess--03-07.pdf. Retrieved 2008-04-21.  
  5. ^ "Prisoners-of-War (images of prisoners-of-war working on Oregon farms)". Oregon Secretary of State: Archives Division. http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/osu/osupow.html. Retrieved 2008-04-21.  
  6. ^ About Adair Village

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