Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Cuyamaca Training Area
Acquisition information is neither complete or specific. Based on available documentation, the Navy Department (acting for the Marine Corps) acquired approximately 28,000 acres by Use Permit from the U.S. government (approximately 8,560 acres permitted by the U.S Department of Agriculture for land comprising a part of the Cleveland National Forest), the State of California (approximately 140 acres) and private parties (approximately 19,400 acres) for a training site. The Navy acquired the property between July - October 1944. Total acreage for this site could not be determined.

The U.S. Marine Corps (Fleet Marine Forces, San Diego) used the property for jungle survival training and as a maneuver area. As a condition of use, no permanent military improvements were
constructed and no live ammunition of any type was discharged at the training site. A headquarters camp was established in an area (exact location unknown) that was formerly used as a
campground by the owners. Several temporary buildings were erected and the water supply piped by the property owner was utilized for the headquarters.

Disposal information is neither complete or specific. By April 1945 the Marine Corps had discontinued use of the training site and terminated all use permits. No evidence of military improvements on the property were found during the site survey. The training site area is presently comprised of federal, state and private property some of which is developed but most remains


Source: Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers

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