Tour Pendleton Mechanized Museum
March 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Assemble at 8:50 AM
We will meet at 8:50 AM on Ammunition Road along
the curb adjacent the Albertsons parking lot (west side of
Mission, north side of Ammunition). We will collect a list
of names and cars of the drivers at the time we lineup on
Ammunition Rd for the sponsor to use at the gate. We
encourage vintage cars to show them off on base.
We will need one military retiree with access to the base to sponsor us through the gate. Please let Doug know
that you can be the sponsor.
We will use the Ammunition Road gate. The tour, with a tour leader,
will start at 10 AM at the USMC Mechanized Museum. The tour will
take around 1 to 1 ½ hours. We will be able to explore on our own
after the tour.
From their website: https://www.themech.org/
Ordinary military vehicle museums are usually cold and sterile, comprised of vehicles that haven’t turned a wheel or track in many years. The Mech is not your ordinary collection. The
majority of our tanks and trucks can roar into ground shaking life! The collection, started in 2002, is run by MGySgt
(Ret) James King. Along with a small cadre of volunteers and financed largely by donations, it is one of the few armored warfare collections in the world dedicated to not only preserving historic military vehicles, but also putting
them back into working order. The tanks and trucks are regularly cranked into life and used for displays and ceremonies aboard Camp Pendleton. Jim King believes that our vehicles are something that visitors can relate to when
they are more than just a chunk of iron sitting on a concrete pad. Managed under the auspices of Camp Pendleton’s Museum Division Office, the collection of over 50 vehicles ranges from World War I to the first Gulf War. It includes Patton tanks, armored wheeled and tracked vehicles, trucks, jeeps and amphibious vehicles. The vehicles were all transferred from the USMC, or acquired by the collection from numerous storage facilities. A few have survived stints on live-firing ranges or rescued from duty as metal monuments. Other machines, such as the M50 Ontos, bear scars from action with the enemy at Hue City. The collection building itself is an important piece of Base history, as it was the terminal building for the railroads that serviced the base shortly after its purchase in 1942. Many a Marine arrived at Camp Pendleton at this terminal to begin their training for WWII and Korean War battlefields