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Issa Introduces Resolution Honoring 75th Anniversary of Camp Pendleton

Press Release
May 23, 2017
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today introduced H. Con. Res. 59, a Congressional resolution to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. The resolution will give official recognition to honor the service, dedication, and sacrifice of our Armed Service Members and their families currently and formerly stationed at the base.
The resolution was introduced with bipartisan support from 29 of his colleagues, including the entire San Diego Congressional delegation. Following the resolution’s introduction earlier today, Congressman Issa released the following statement:
“Camp Pendleton has played an integral role in our community over the last 75 years,” said Congressman Darrell Issa, “and on this important anniversary, I want to ensure the brave men and women who’ve served at Camp Pendleton are recognized for their bravery and sacrifice to our nation. These selfless individuals and their families have given so much to make our community here in San Diego, and across the nation safer and stronger. It’s our responsibility, even in such a small way, to give back to them for all they’ve done for us.”
The Congressional Resolution introduced today by Congressman Darrell Issa:
  • Recognizes the fighting force of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, all major commands and members who currently serve aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
  • Commends the brave service members who deployed from Camp Pendleton to fight in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan
  • Reaffirms its commitment to continue to honor the memory of Camp Pendleton and its critical role in the security of our Nation.



President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the base on September 25, 1942, in honor of World War I Major General Joseph H. Pendleton. The first troops to occupy Camp Pendleton was the 9th Marine Regiment with the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, who marched north from Camp Elliott in San Diego to Camp Pendleton.

In 1944, Camp Pendleton was named a ‘‘permanent installation’’ and became the home of the 1st Marine Division in 1946.

Camp Pendleton is the Marine Corps largest West Coast expeditionary training facility, encompassing more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain.

The Base has a daytime population of 70,000 military and civilian personnel, with more than 38,000 military family members occupying base housing complexes.


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