WASHINGTON — For centuries the land that now makes up Camp Roberts Military Reservation, a California National Guard post in central California, has been an encampment for Native Americans and soldiers serving a number of governments, from the Colonial Spaniards to Mexican troops to Americans soldiers who rode into battle on horseback or in tanks and helicopters.
Originally part of the historic Mission San Miguel de Archangel, founded in 1797, the site was acquired by the United States government in the early 1940s as part of the buildup during World War II. It was named after Corporal Harold W. Roberts, a World War I soldier who was killed in the Argonne Offensive in France and was awarded the Medal of Honor. Today Camp Roberts is the only major Army military installation named for a non-commissioned officer.
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