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BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, Issue 599 


Veteran’s Day a Special Time at Fort Ord National Monument

When the President designated the Fort Ord National Monument on April 20, 2012, memories were rekindled in those who spent time at the military base that once occupied this site. People started calling the National Monument office with stories of their time on the military installation during basic training or staging for military conflicts. Some of their memories were fond. Others were bittersweet recollections of the last time they saw friends before they were shipped off to war. From its humble beginnings in 1917 as Camp Gigling, to its closure in 1994, nearly two million men and women passed through the gates of Fort Ord.

Recently, I received a letter from a 96-year-old woman who came across this photograph while looking through the belongings of her recently deceased sister. Her sister worked in support of the U.S. Army 94th Air Group through the Vietnam War

A 1969 photo of U.S. Army 94th Air Group stationed at Fort Ord.
1969 Photo of a platoon in front of their barracks, now the Fort Ord National Monument 
(Photo donated to BLM)

Tattered and worn, the 1969 picture shows a platoon of soldiers standing in front of their barracks just north of what is now the National
Monument Office. I was amazed how young these brave men appeared, and I was proud
of every one of them for answering the call. Nearly 28,000 U.S. servicemen died during the Vietnam War between 1968 and 1969 - the most dangerous period of that war during the Tet Offensive.

So on this Veterans Day, join us in thanking the soldiers of Platoon 4 shown above,  the 94th Air Group, and veterans everywhere who secure the blessings of liberty for our nation. Eric Morgan, Fort Ord National Monument Manager.

For more information about the Fort Ord National Monument visit http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ca/en/fo/hollister/fort_ord/index.html

-- Eric Morgan, Manager, Fort Ord National Monument (November 2013)

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Last updated: 11-08-2013