Aerial view of the former Camp Adair Hospital unit, 1940s.

An aerial view of Camp Adair

Newport author and historian John Baker will share a tale from the home front this Thursday, July 11, with a reading from his book “Camp Adair: the Story of a World War II Cantonment.”

A United States Army division training facility established north of Corvallis, Camp Adair operated from 1942 to 1946. It was named in honor of Henry Rodney Adair, an Astoria native, West Point graduate and descendant of Oregon pioneers who was the first Oregonian killed during the 1916 Mexican border clashes. During its peak period of use, the camp was home to approximately 40,000 people.

Camp Adair included about 1,800 buildings, including 500 barracks, 13 post exchange stores, 11 chapels, five movie theaters, a hospital, a bakery, a post office and a bank.

Baker will also discuss his new book in progress, “Oregon, the World War II Story,” depicting Oregon as both war front and home front.

The July 11 talk will run from 2 to 3 pm at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, 20 SE 2nd Street. To register, go to For more information, call 541-265-9617.

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