A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

July 3, 1942, Harry Rankin

Note: This is a post from 2015.

Years ago, in researching Camp Cooke, I bought the diary of a soldier named Harry A. Rankin, who was stationed there in 1942 and early 1943 (and no, he doesn’t mention Elizabeth Short). Here’s his list of what he did on a pass to Los Angeles on July 3-5, 1942.

Among the places he visited were Clifton’s Cafeteria of the Tropics, 618 S. Olive.; Pershing Square, where a B-25 was on display; the Biltmore; Beverly Hills Hotel; the Hollywood Canteen; Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; the Pantages Theatre; Earl Carroll’s; and Temple Baptist Church at 5th and Olive – also known as Philharmonic Auditorium.  He also mentions the Platinium dance hall, which is a new one on me.

July 3, 1942, Harry Rankin

About lmharnisch

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2 Responses to A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

  1. Steve C. says:

    Do you think he was referring to the Hollywood Palladium? Not a bad guess ?
    We live a mile or so from the old Camp Cook which is now the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course


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