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Five Things: US Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton.

Growing up in a Marine Corps family, I've spent a lot of time on base at Camp Pendleton. It holds lots of good memories and the Camp Pendleton Chapel and Officer's Club have been home to many of our life moments: funerals, weddings and other family celebrations.

One of the best things about Camp Pendleton is that it has provided a largely undeveloped swath of coastal land, unpopulated and free of tract homes. It's so lovely to be able to drive down the 5 and see the natural coastline.

Here are five things that you may (or may not) know about The Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton.

Semper Fi: The Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, is the Corps' largest West Coast training facility, encompassing more than 125,000 acres of terrain.

The base is split into North and South and was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared a "permanent installation" and by 1946, it became the home of the 1st Marine Division.

Joseph F. Pendleton: The base is named after Major General Joseph Henry Pendleton, who had long advocated setting up a training base for the Marine Corps on the west coast.

Wilderness Preserve: Camp Pendleton contains the largest undeveloped portion of coastline in Southern California. The ecosystem includes beaches, bluffs, mesas, canyons, mountains and Southern California's only free-flowing river.

There are more than 1,000 species of plants, fish and animals, some of which are either threatened or endangered.

WWII/Korea War Museum: The WWII/Korea LVT Museum is located at Camp Del Mar, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

The museum houses exhibits on landing vehicles tracked (LVTs) from World War II and the Korean War, including six vintage models used by the US Marine Corps. The museum highlights the service of the "Alligator" Marines during the amphibious assaults of World War II and the Korean War.

Hollywood on Base: In the 1950s, the Marine Corps Air Station, located on base at Camp Pendleton, was used filming of The Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne.