Camp Lejeune, or Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, is a military base located in the state of New Carolina, more exactly in Jacksonville, the county seat of Onslow County. This United States military training facility spans on 246 square miles, becoming one of the largest facilities of the kind in the country. Camp Lejeune also has 14 miles of beaches, which allow a thorough amphibious assault training. The fact that Camp Lejeune is located between Wilmington and Morehead City, which are deep-water ports, makes it a great place for fast deployments.
Camp Lejeune was built in 1941, and it has been operating ever since. There are five satellite facilities that serve Camp Lejeune, the main base. These are Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, Stone Bay, Marine Corps Air Station New River and Courthouse Bay. Camp Lejeune is controlled by the United States Marine Corps, which has been active since 1775. If you find yourself in the surrounding areas, do not miss out on visiting this unique military base, as well as other attractions that Jacksonville has to offer.
Top Attractions within Camp Lejeune
The Museum of the Marine is actually home of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Here, you will get the chance to see unique exhibits, which will teach you more about the marines and their lifestyle. The galleries at the museum include: Carolinas & the Corps, World Warriors Gallery, and 21st Century & Beyond.
The Beirut Memorial was built here at Camp Lejeune to honor the victims of a terrorist attack, which killed 241 marines, soldiers and sailors, in 1983. With the help of the community, a tree was planted in the loving memory of every victim of the tragedy, and their names were engraved on a monument, with the inscription 'They Came In Peace'.
The Lynnwood Park Zoo. After visiting the impressive Camp Lejeune, it is time to relax and to come to this great zoo, where you can see more than 50 different animal species.
Surfers Beach is definitely the place to relax. As the name suggests, surfers will love this beach, but everyone can come here and relax by the ocean.