Back in the 1960s, Glass Beach was a dump on the coastline of town. Now, it is a public beach, covered in sea glass from years of tumbling in the waves. Without humans, the beach would have never existed and now it is being quickly decimated by people taking the sea glass home with them.
US Army First Lieutenant Weston C. Lee. 29 APR 2017.
Died in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries sustained while conducting security as part of advise and assist support to Operation Inherent Resolve and partnered forces. Lee was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Participants of the United States Army Special Operations Command’s Capabilities Exercise, April 26, 2012, learn about the abilities of the various units of the United States Army Special Operations Command. (USASOC photo)
From 1950 to 1967, residents of Fort Bragg, California chose to dispose of their waste by hurling it off the cliffs above a beach. No object was too toxic or too large such as household appliances, automobiles, and all matter of trash were tossed into the crashing waves below, eventually earning it the name The Dumps. Then in 1967, city leaders closed and reclaimed the beach. Various cleanup programs were undertaken.
Over the next several decades, the pounding waves cleaned the beach by breaking down everything but glass turning the sand into a sparkling, multicolored bed of smooth glass stones. The California Department of Parks and Recreation purchased the land and incorporated it into MacKerricher State Park in 2002.
US Army Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler. 22 OCT 2015.
Died in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an operation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Wheeler was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command
out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.