Tag Archive: Military

Jul 14

Sicily invaded, World War II week by week

July 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines include invasion of Sicily.

If anyone wondered where the Western Allies were moving next early July would provide answers. The Japanese forces were under attack at the Aleutian island of Kiska and the Southwest Pacific base of Munda, In Europe Sicily was under bombardment from sea and air as British and American forces prepared to invade. President Franklin Roosevelt …

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Jun 29

Race tensions and bar riot San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Race tensions may have led to a fight downtown in San Luis Obispo as reported in this June 25, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

A San Luis Obispo bar, Dante’s, was the scene of a fight that spilled out into the street that involved up to 200 African-American soldiers. Eventually Sheriff Murray Hathway resorted to tear gas and extra military police were called out from Camp San Luis Obispo. Bar owner Dante Chiesa refused service to men he said …

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May 19

Camp Roberts Rodeo, Camp San Luis explosives, World War II week by week

German troops were surrendering in Tunisia May 10, 1943 in this newspaper headline from the Telegram-Tribune.

Even a break in training for war could be deadly as seen in this excerpt from a May 10, 1943 story. Col. Hank Partin, of the Lemoore air base, was saved from death or serious injury yesterday in the Camp Roberts rodeo by the quick action of Dogie Davidson, a merchant marine, when he was …

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May 11

Dance regulations wanted in San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Headlines from the April 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

High spirited young men heading off to war didn’t always make the best neighbors. From May 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune Citizens Demand Action of Policing of Dance The San Luis Obispo city council last night acting on a request contained in a petition signed by 36 citizens, arranged with civilian and army authorities that the Saturday …

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Oct 29

Camp Roberts bought, World War II week by week

Camp Roberts was purchased for the U.S. Army in this Oct. 8, 1942 story in the Telegram-Tribune.

Camp Roberts land was about to be purchased according to a story in the October 8, 1942 Telegram-Tribune. The property, 47,500 acres was under lease to the War Department from Wells Fargo Bank and Union Trust Company. Though the government had the right to lease the property year to year through 1946 it was deemed …

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Jan 07

Salinas Dam water tunnel completed under Cuesta Grade, World War II week by week

After tunneling toward each other since early July from opposite sides of the mountain just west of the Cuesta, William Ward, foreground, and Bob Becham, right, congratulate themselves upon holing through last week. Thirty-nine men worked in three daily shifts in each portal of the mile long tunnel which will serve Camp San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo with water from the Upper Salinas river dam. The tunnel is six and one-half feet by eight and one-half feet and will be concrete lined. Joe DeMillita is superintendent of operations. Photo by Rodney Johnson

The year dawned with news of American and Philippine troops trying to hold ground against repeated attacks. Manila and the naval base at Cavite fell into Japanese hands as Allied troops formed a line at the top of Bataan Peninsula. This and the fortified island of Corregidor would deny use of Manila Bay to the …

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Sep 27

Train wreck, Salinas Dam construction World War II week by week

September 20, 1941 Telegram-Tribune front page Lucky no one was killed. A San Miguel taxicab skidded and stalled on the Southern Pacific railroad tracks at 1:30 A.M. The awkward angle made removal difficult from the ranch crossing. The Camp Roberts soldiers who had been passengers went far enough down the rails to flag the oncoming …

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Sep 11

Congratulations on your new baby base, do you have a name for it yet? I like Vandenberg. World War II Week by Week

I took the liberty of backtracking to the end of August for this front page since other headlines in early September did not cause me to stop to read them. The base was so new it still didn't have a name but it was going to be a tank training facility. Soon it would be …

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Sep 04

Japan wants peace, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune August 29, 1941 ©The Tribune This just in, Japan wants peace. Wait a minute, I thought we were at peace. This story was from August 29, 1941. The new cabinet in Japan was making public overtures to President Franklin Roosevelt in a effort to resolve tense relations. There was no indication that Japan would …

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Nov 08

Edna Military Camp


With Veteran’s Day setting the theme this week will feature a few posts about military activity in the area. The California militia did not have a home from 1850 to 1928. Training was held in various communities but had no home base.   The area was strategically important with the development of oil facilities but Camp …

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