Fort Ord was established during the Mexican American War to protect the seized land of Monterey County, which would eventually form the state capital of California.
During WWII soldiers were sent from Fort Ord to fight the Japenese who took over three islands in Alaska.
Soldiers trained in Fort Ord for other conflicts such as the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the seizure of Panama Canal in the 1980s. My spouse’s grandfather had served in the US Army in Fort Ord, and her mother had lived on the base as a child.
Two years before the base was closed, soldiers from the fort were sent to LA to suppress the riots after the Rodney King beatings by police.
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