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.
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
Camp Cooke is now Vandenberg Air Force Base.