Many famous people received their military training at Camp Roberts during WWII, including Caspar Weinberger, Robert Mitchum, Steve Allen, Steve “Hercules” Reeves, and comedy legend Red Skelton, who headlined Camp Roberts’ entertainment troupe. Many other celebrities, like Laurel and Hardy, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, and Marlene Dietrich have come to Camp Roberts to entertain countless troops at the Soldier Bowl.
On July 1, 1946, with the out-processing of WWII soldiers complete, Camp Roberts was inactivated as a training site, reverting to ‘caretaker’ status, with a skeleton crew to maintain it. Reserve units conducted their 15-day summer training cycles here, and it remained at this status until the outbreak of the Korean War.
In June 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, and the United Nations quickly responded. The following month, Camp Roberts was reactivated for Regular Army troop training, and soon added an Armored Replacement Training Center. The terrain resembled that found in Korea, and the famed 7th Armored Division was in charge of training. By the end of fighting in September 1953, approximately 300,000 troops had completed their training here. After returnee out-processing in early 1954, Camp Roberts reverted once again to caretaker status, continuing to train National Guard and Army Reserve units in their summer training periods.