|When SLO’s El Chorro park was a WWII grenade range|
BY DAVID MIDDLECAMP
San Luis Obispo Tribune (CA)
OCTOBER 13, 2017
History can be deadly, as the Associated Press wrote on Jan. 19, 1984.
“Forty years ago an antitank crew sent an artillery round whistling deep into the Camp Elliott firing range. Last month the ammunition exploded, killing two boys.”
The eight-year-old San Diego County boys were killed and a 12-year-old boy was injured the previous December after they found the shell and hit it against a rock. Three other children had been hurt at the old San Diego artillery range in 1978.
A similar danger existed on former Camp San Luis Obispoproperty. During World War II, the facility, originally founded as the home of the California National Guard, expanded to 5,800 acres and trained U.S. Army soldiers and Marines in marksmanship and artillery.
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