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        The presence of the US Marine Corps in San Diego CA first occurred on 29 July 1846 when a detachment of US Marines from the sloop of war USS CYANE landed to raise the flag on the Plaza of Old Town, San Diego. Although they didn't stay long, the Marines wouldn't return to San Diego until March 1911. The 4th Provisional Marine Brigade, under the leadership of Colonel Charles A. Doyen, USMC, established their base on North Island, San Diego and named it Camp Thomas, in recognition of Rear Admiral Chauncey Thomas, USN, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet.
        The Fourth Marine Regiment, with Colonel Joseph H. Pendleton, USMC as Commanding Officer, landed again on 6 July 1914 and formed a new base on North Island and named it Camp Howard, in honor of Rear Admiral Thomas B. Howard, USN, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet. During the Panama-California Exposition (August 1914), the 2nd Battalion was ordered to Balboa Park to set up a model camp. The results of this was the establishment of the Marine Barracks in Balboa Park, San Diego CA. The Barracks was opened on 19 December 1914 and Major William N. McKelvy was the Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. Col. Pendleton established his regimental headquarters in the Science and Education Building. The Marines stayed in Balboa Park until December 1921 when the Dutch Flats area was completed for them. In August 1923, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot was moved from Mare Island CA to the San Diego Marine Base. On 1 March 1924 the base was officially named Marine Corps Base, Naval Operating Base, San Diego CA and would remain this name for the next 24 years. Many smaller bases were constructed within the San Diego area and these will be mentioned when the postmarks are displayed.


USMC Base San Diego Pg 1 USMC Base San Diego Pg 2


 

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MARINE CORPS BASE, NAVAL OPERATING BASE, SAN DIEGO, CA


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 1932 1 Front.jpg

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c 1930's

Post card from MCB San Diego CA

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350530 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350530 1 Front.jpg

1935-05-30
Locy Type 6
"U.S.N.Sta.Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

In Memoriam of USS Macon ZRS-5

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380223 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380223 1 Front.jpg

1938-02-23
Locy Type 7di
"MARINE CORPS BASE"
San Diego CA

Collectors request

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19431111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19431111 1 Front.jpg

1943-11-11
Locy Type 7di
"MARINE CORPS / BASE"
San Diego CA

Collectors request

Cachet by John N. Lawrence. From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380407 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380407 1 Front.jpg

1938-04-07
Locy Type 9v
"(U.S.N Sta Marine Base Br)"
San Diego CA

Registered postmark

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380407 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380407 1 Front.jpg

1938-04-07
Locy Type 9w
"(U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br)"
San Diego CA

Money Order Business postmark

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380407 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19380407 1 Front.jpg

1938-04-07
Locy Type 9x
"(U.S.N. Sta Marine Base Br)"
San Diego CA

Parcel Post postmark

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350722 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350722 1 Front.jpg

1935-07-22
Locy Type F
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

Collectors request

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350823 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350823 1 Front.jpg

1935-08-23
Locy Type F
"FLEET / REVIEW"
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

California Pacific International Exposition

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350916 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19350916 1 Front.jpg

1935-09-16
Locy Type F
"IN DEFENSE / OF COUNTRY"
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

Collectors request

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351002 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351002 1 Front.jpg

1935-10-02
Locy Type F
"PRESIDENT / VISITS BASE"
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

Presidential visit

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351110 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351110 1 Front.jpg

1935-11-10
Locy Type F
"IN DEFENSE / OF COUNTRY"
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

US Marine Corps birthday

Cachet by Chaplain H. M. Peterson, ChC, USN. From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351111 1 Front.jpg

1935-11-11
Locy Type F
"ARMISTICE / DAY"
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

Armistice Day

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351128 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCBSanDiego 19351128 1 Front.jpg

1935-11-28
Locy Type F
"THANKSGIVING / DAY"
"U.S.N. Sta. Marine Base Br."
San Diego CA

Thanksgiving Day

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

Bunter OtherUS Marine Base San Diego 19411120 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter OtherUS Marine Base San Diego 19411120 1 front.jpg
Bunter OtherUS Marine Base San Diego 19411120 1 back.jpg

1941-11-20
Locy Type 7di
"MARINE CORPS BASE"

Thanksgiving Day

Cachet by Arthur A Christensen and Gordon A Shaw.


 

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GregCiesielski MCB SanDiego 19411223 1 Front.jpg

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1941-12-23
Locy Type Fz

Photo Cachet "Main Gate"

Censored. Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

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GregCiesielski MCB SanDiego 19420531 1 Front.jpg

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1942-05-31

MC Base San Diego CA Stationary

Inside a Walter G. Crosby cover. Did he make it? From the Greg Ciesielski collection.



MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO, CA

August 1923 To Present
 

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GregCiesielski MCRD SanDiego 1942513 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski MCRD SanDiego 1942513 1 Front.jpg

1942-05-13
Locy Type 2
"Recruit Depot, M.C.B. Br."
San Diego CA

Collectors request

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski MCRD SanDiego 19430325 1 Front.jpg

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1943-03-25

MCRD Stationary

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.



CAMP HOLCOMB, MARINE CORPS BASE, SAN DIEGO, CA

1934 To 14 June 1940 - Named after Major General Thomas Holcomb, 17th Commandant. Renamed Camp Elliott.


CAMP ELLIOTT, MARINE CORPS BASE, SAN DIEGO, CA

14 June 1940 To 1961 - Named after Major General George F. Elliott, 10th Commandant
 

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GregCiesielski CEMC SanDiego 19410819 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski CEMC SanDiego 19410819 1 Front.jpg

1941-08-19
Locy Type 6
Camp Elliott Calif.

Collectors request

Cachet by Walter Czubay. From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski CEMC SanDiego 19421201 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski CEMC SanDiego 19421201 1 Front.jpg

1942-12-01
Locy Type 7
Camp Elliott Calif.

Marines Mail

From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski CEMC SanDiego 19410712 1 Front.jpg

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1941-07-12
Locy Type 7di
"Marine Corps Base"
San Diego CA

2nd Marine Division Cachet

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby. From the Greg Ciesielski collection.


 

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GregCiesielski CEMC SanDiego 19410712 1 Insert.jpg

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1941-07-12
Locy Type 7di
"Marine Corps Base"
San Diego CA

Camp Elliott Insert

Inside a Walter G. Crosby cover. From the Greg Ciesielski collection.

 


 

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