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MCLB quietly marks 58 years

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By David Miller

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  As the rest of world goes about its business, One of Albany's most important component, the Marine Corps logistics Base passed its 58th year with no fanfare.

Like the Corps itself, MCLB just keeps on keeping on, provided materiel for our fighting forces around the world, and employment for thousands here at home.

 The base was commissioned in 1952, and sits on 3,000+ acres of land in eastern Dougherty COunty. Albany was selected as the site for the base because it is insulated from saltwater problems caused by the Gulf of Mexico, but is not too far away, and has good rail service to the coast. This area is also on level terrain.

The base has a personal connection to the author as well. My grandfather, N. C. Hatcher, sold some of his Mock Road farm land to the government so a drainage ditch from MCLB to the Flint River could be built.

Military and government hardware is stored at the base, and military vehicle like tanks and Hum-Vees are rebuilt after hard lives in combat theaters. The Hum-Vees are also 'up-armored' here to protect Marines from roadside bombs.

MCLB has produced equipment that has served in the Vietnam war, both Gulf wars, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Except for its 'sister' facility at Barstow, California, MCLB Albany is unique in the American arsenal.

As historic as the facility is, there's a landmark at the front of the base that far pre-dates what the military built.

"Dubber's Oak" greets everyone who visits the facility. In 1952, Col. A. E. Dubber found the majestic oak tree and insisted that the base headquarters building be built about 600 yards away, centered on the tree. The tree is know nearly six decades later as "Dubber's Oak."

Colonel Dubber was a nature lover with a strong appreciation for the beauty and splendor of Southwest Georgia. While planning the construction of the base, he made it clear that he wanted no wildlife disturbed unnecessarily.

"Dubber's Oak" is estimated to be more than 175 years old.

 

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