Historic California Posts, Camps Stations and Airfields
Camp C.J. Miller
Camp C.J. Miller was located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack in Del Mar, California. The U.S. Marine Corps occupied and used the racetrack facilities beginning in 1942. The property was (and still is) owned by the State 22nd District Agricultural Association, who offered (loaned) the facilities to the Marine Corps for their use.
Marines from the 2nd Division out of Camp Elliot, and possibly from Camp Pendleton, camped in the horse stalls at the racetrack. They ran around the racetrack for athletic conditioning, rode horses on the track, and practiced hand-to-hand combat near the horse stables. Marine paratroopers practiced beach landings with rubber boats on the beach adjacent to the site. The Marines made no physical improvements to the site. They discontinued their use of Camp C.J. Miller in 1943. The fairgrounds and racetrack resumed operation in 1946 and the horse stalls and racetrack have been used since that time.
There were no visible signs of former military use of this property.
Source: Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers
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