Camp Haan (1940-1946) - A World War II training camp first established in 1940 near Riverside, Riverside County, California. Named Camp Haan after Major General William G. Haan (Cullum 3293), a distinguished World War I commander. Decommissioned in 1946.
History of Camp Haan
Established in 1940 from 8,058 acres of adjacent March Air Base (later March Air Force Base and now March Air Reserve Base) as a training base for anti aircraft artillery units. Construction was completed in January 1941 and included 352 temporary WWII type buildings, 2,459 tent platforms, six exchanges and five chapels. The post became a Army Service Depot in March 1942 and also served as a German and Italian prisoner of war (POW) camp. Toward the end of the war a U.S. Army disciplinary barracks was established along with an 800 bed hospital for injured returning troops. The camp served as a demobilization center until decommissioned on 31 Aug 1946.
Camp Haan was declared surplus on 31 Aug 1946. The land reverted to March Air Base and in 1976 a portion became the 921 acre Riverside National Cemetery.
The site now houses the Riverside National Cemetery and the General Old Golf Course near Riverside, Riverside County, California. The site of the camp is across I-215 from March Air Reserve Base.
Visited: 14 Jan 2014