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** Updated **  CPHS Has Raised More Than $95,000 For The SSgt Reckless Monument Project
Thanks to the generous support of so many CPHS Members and friends, we have raised more than $95,000 for the SSgt Reckless Monument to be placed aboard Camp Pendleton.

On Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in front of the Pacific Views Event Center at the planned monument site.  The ceremony included participation by CPHS Board Members, author Robin Hutton, those who served with and cared for Reckless, and the Base Commanding General, Brig. Gen Kevin Killea.  A dedication of the SSgt Reckless monument is planned for Oct. 26, 2016.

For coverage of the groundbreaking ceremony and story of SSgt Reckless, check out the articles by the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Orange County Register at the following links:

Pendleton breaks ground on Korean War horse memorial (San Diego U-T)

Staff Sgt. Reckless wasn’t just a horse, she was a Marine who served in Korean War (OC Register)

It’s not too late to contribute to the campaign!  You can contribute by check and mailing it to:

Camp Pendleton Historical Society
P.O. Box 5497
Oceanside, CA 92052

Please make the check out to “Camp Pendleton Historical Society” and indicate “Reckless Monument Fund” on your check.

You can also donate to the Reckless project using PayPal by clicking the following “Donate” button:
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Check our Projects page for details on the SSgt Reckless monument project.

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Groundbreaker Newsletter
The latest issue of the CPHS Groundbreaker newsletter has been published.   Once again, our writers were working overtime to create another 8-page issue, which is twice the size of our typical quarterly newsletter.  We hope you enjoy the various topics we covered in this issue.  If you would like to write a historical article for the newsletter, please contact our Membership Director at

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Thanks to our existing members for their membership renewal, welcome to our new members, and thanks to those that have donated to the Camp Pendleton Historical Society (CPHS).

It’s great to have you as part of the team!

Jean Adkins  |  Richard Althouse  |  John Boal  | Patrick Brent | Judith Burns
Charles Clements | Kim Fox  |  Jenna Glemser | Wyatt and Susan Hart
Norman C. Haven | Lauren Kelly-Hill | LtCol Charles Kershaw, USMC (Ret)
Jerry and Marcia Lasher | Mission Viejo Cow Camp Caridades  |  Tom Morton
Col Stewart Navarre, USMC (Ret) | Joseph and Catherine O’Brien
Michael and Mary O’Donnell  |  Allen and Wanda Prosser | Gordon Romine
Mark Sheehan | Betty Toth | Robert Warrick  |  Robert Williams

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The Camp Pendleton Historical Society (CPHS) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich and colorful history of the land that is now Camp Pendleton.  Our interests span the entire history of the region, to include prehistoric times, native American culture, the Spanish mission era, the rancho story, and finally, the United States Marine Corps ownership since 1942.