The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce debuted its newest magazine "Camp Pendleton Celebrating 75 Years" at a launch party on January 19. A partnership of the Oceanside Chamber and Camp Pendleton Historical Society, the commemorative military publication was developed over a period of several months last year.
Hosted by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Marine Credit Union, the event objective was to recognize and honor the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base for its significant historical and ongoing contributions to the community over the past 75 years. Invitees included the Oceanside Chamber's Board of Directors, military partners, press, Chamber staff, the Oceanside Chamber's military committee members and advisors, and those supporting local and national military efforts and armed forces including, Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps, all those stationed at the base including Navy, Sailors, and Reservists.
Remarks by local VIPs, military dignitaries, and elected officials including CA Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Oceanside Councilmember Jerry Kern, Colonel John Polidoro, Camp Pendleton Historical Society President Dick Rothwell and Oceanside Chamber of Commerce CEO, Scott Ashton, were recorded in a series of video snippets viewable in the Oceanside Chamber's YouTube Channel.
Packed with historical timelines, photos from the Oceanside Historical Society photo collection, and feature stories composed by local historians, and those knowledgeable in area history, including Paul Durrance, Cal Frantz, Bo Hellman, Faye Jonason, Lauren Kelly-Hill, and Bill Parsons. A preview of the "Table of Contents" denotes time frames covered include pre-Marine Corps base history from 1769 to 1942, through today.
The stories detail the original land survey and acquisition, Major Generals, base statistics, natural resources, base housing, the arrival of Women Marines Aboard Camp Pendleton, the fascinating Navajo Code Talkers, Presidents who visited the base, Hollywood and Camp Pendleton, the Camp Pendleton rodeo, plus the celebratory dedication ceremony, complete with a visit by sitting president Franklin Delano Roosevelt "FDR" himself.
This is a true historical commemorative and keepsake publication that you and your family are sure to enjoy for years to come. Following is a partial list of the Oceanside Chamber's publication viewing channels: Oceanside Chamber publications, Chamber's ISSUU publishing channel, Chamber's Facebook publication channel (displays last twelve Chamber publications).
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Assemblymember Chavez recalled his time serving on the Oceanside Chamber Board when he was an active duty Marine Corps Colonel stationed at Camp Pendleton. Chavez noted “The relationship between the Oceanside Chamber and Camp Pendleton goes far back, and it’s a very special thing.”
Colonel Polidoro gave an overview of many of the celebratory events planned on base during 2017, including an open house of the Marine Corps Air Station in August.
Mayor Wood and Councilmember Kern presented Colonel Polidoro with a framed certificate commemorating the anniversary.
Complimentary copies of the magazines are available at the Chamber office, Oceanside Visitor Center, Oceanside Sunset Market and numerous locations around Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. An online version of the magazine can be viewed at http://bit.ly/CP75th.