Place Names

MCB Camp Lejeune, NC

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Onslow County, in Jacksonville, North Carolina

MCB Camp Lejeune Insignia
34°35′N 77°20′W
34°35′N 77°20′W
Type Military base
Site information
Controlled by United States Marine Corps
Site history
Built 1941
In use 1941–present
Garrison information
Garrison II Marine Expeditionary Force
Marine Special Operations Command

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune  (/ləˈdʒɜːrn/ lə-jurn) is a 246-square-mile (640 km) United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The base's 14 miles (23 km) of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, and its location between two deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments.

The main base is supplemented by six satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the latest addition to the facility, the Greater Sandy Run Training Area.


Resident commands


Marine motor detachment, New River Barracks, 1942

In April 1941, construction was approved on an 11,000-acre (45 km) tract in Onslow County, North Carolina. On May 1 of that year, Lt. Col. William P. T. Hill began construction on Marine Barracks New River. The first base headquarters was in a summer cottage on Montford Point, and then moved to Hadnot Point in 1942. Later that year it was renamed in honor of the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune.

One of the satellite facilities of Camp Lejeune served for a while as a third boot camp for the Marines, in addition to Parris Island and San Diego. That facility, Montford Point, was established after Franklin D. Roosevelt signedExecutive Order 8802. Between 1942 and 1949, a brief era of segregated training for black Marines, the camp at Montford Point trained 20,000 African-Americans. After the military was ordered to fully integrate, Montford Point was renamed Camp Gilbert H. Johnson and became the home of the Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools.

American Indian Women Reservists at Camp Lejeune during 1943

Betty Grable at the New River, 1942

MCB Camp Lejeune, can help to prepare warfighters for combat and humanitarian missions abroad, Camp Lejeune takes advantage of 156,000 acres, 11 miles of beach capable of supporting amphibious operations, 32 gun positions, 48 tactical landing zones, three state-of-the-art training facilities for Military Operations in Urban Terrain and 80 live fire ranges to include the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. Military forces from around the world come to Camp Lejeune on a regular basis for bilateral and NATO-sponsored exercises.

Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers board a USMC CH-46 Sea Knighthelicopter at Camp Lejeune, 1994

Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune, 2008

Barack Obama at Camp Lejeune, 2009