A Walk Back Through Time

Liberty Station, formerly known the Naval Training Center San Diego, welcomed its first Navy recruits in 1923. After training up to 50,000 recruits a year for over 60 years, Liberty Station is now San Diego’s Town Square. As you walk through the historic grounds, parks, and open spaces, take a step back in time.

Learn the role Franklin D. Roosevelt took in helping establish NTC. Relive the days when the likes of Bob Hope, Tommy Dorsey, and Nat King Cole took the stage at Luce Auditorium. And discover how the Navy shaped the growth of San Diego as a city.

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1

Sellers Plaza and Gate One

The oldest part of historic NTC, the anchor and main gate create a memorable landmark for all visitors and recruits alike.

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2

Commissary and Mess Hall, Building 1

Let’s go shopping! The Commissary/Mess Hall, built in 1922, was one the first buildings constructed at NTC…

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3

Sail Ho Golf Course

Every base needs a golf course! The Sail Ho Golf Course was built during the earliest days of the base. NTC’s first lieutenant, G.T. Campbell, thought that the recreational aspects of golf would benefit enlisted personnel and officers alike.

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4

John and Alice Finn Plaza

Originally built in 1942 as a naval medical clinic, the facility is named for one of the first heroes of World War II, John W. Finn, and his wife, Alice.

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5

Enlisted Club

The most important rule at the enlisted club: No officers allowed! Built in 1941, the enlisted club encouraged sailors to be themselves, kick back, and have fun.

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6

Library, Building 177

Welcome to the Library. When it opened in 1941, there were already ten thousand men and women stationed at NTC.

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7

Command Center, Building 200

Welcome to the nerve center of the base: the Command Center. Built in 1941, the Command Center overlooks Preble Field…

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8

Luce Auditorium, Building 35

When the Luce Auditorium opened in 1942, sailors and their dates crowded the theater to listen to famous big bands…

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9

North Chapel, Building 208

The only white building at the Naval Training Center, the North Chapel was a picturesque setting for the weddings of officers…

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10

Ingram Plaza

In the 1920s, Ingram Plaza was where recruits from the farms and towns of American adjusted to Navy life…

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11

Preble Field

Step up to these three-inch, 50-caliber dual-purpose guns. These weapons fired a fixed round that combined the 13-pound shell…

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12

Gymnasium

Over the decades, Building 201 has served as a gymnasium, basketball facility, and fitness center. Surprise, it also had an underground swimming pool.

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13

Buildings 27, 28, 29 & 30

Life was pretty busy around Buildings 27, 28, 29, and 30 when they first opened as part of a massive expansion of the base in 1932. These four buildings were…

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14

Schools

For the first eight to twelve months of training, a recruit learned how to be a sailor in basic training, known as boot camp.

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15

USS Recruit

Hold your kids back! While the USS Recruit looks like the world’s greatest piece of playground equipment, it’s not.

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