The University kept the Camp street names. However, the only marker of Camp Kilmer is a bulletin board in the Rutgers Ecological Preserve on the white path.
Opened in the middle of 1942, Camp Kilmer was built as a transportation hub that ultimately processed over 20 divisions to participate in the Europe Theater of World War II. By the end of the war, more than 3 million people walked through its gates, twice for some GIs, who both left and returned to it from Europe.
The 1600-acre Camp was located between Edison and Piscataway, New Jersey. It was named after the poet Joyce Kilmer, who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I and was killed in action in the Aisne-Marne offensive. To accommodate the 1,300,000 servicemen who temporarily staged at Camp Kilmer before being deployed to Europe, the camp had 1,120 buildings, including rows of wooden barracks, seven chapels, five theaters, nine post exchanges, a gym, three libraries, four telephone centers, a post office, a 1,000-bed hospital, 28 miles of roadway, and about 11 railheads that fed into the main line.
The camp was permanently inactivated in 1955 and eight years later nearly all the 1600 acres was auctioned and sold to local universities and colleges. Today, much of the base is Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus.