The Ocean Park Pier
on fire, 3 September 1912 (Los Angeles Examiner Collection, Los
Angeles Public Library)
On September 3, 1912, Companies
A, C, E and F, and Detachment, Hospital Corps, 7th Infantry Regiment
(now the 160th Infantry Regiment), were called out to preserve
order at Ocean Park, Los Angeles County, California, where a
great contlagrntion had started, where several lives were lost,
and nine blocks of business and residential property were burned
down. The Mayor of Los Angeles and officials of Ocean Park called
upon the Acting Governor for help, stating that approximate 60,000
sightseers and adventurers had rushed in and overrun the town,
while the fire was in progress, and that the legal authorities
had lost all control of the situation.
It was stated that looting had commenced
and immediate help was needed. A provisional battalion consisting
of Companies A, C, E, F, and Detachment, Hospital Corps, 7th
Infantry Regiment, were at once dispatched to the scene of the
fire and remained on duty from two to six days, until the regularly
constituted authorities were able to handle the situation.
This history was completed
in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction
with the California National Guard and the California State Library.