The Big Guns of San Diego During WWII | History of San Diego

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The Big Guns of San Diego During WWII - I was watching a Ken Kramer's show "About San Diego" on KPBS and one of the features was about the 19th Coast Artillery at Point Loma Rosecrans and the part they played during WWII. He went on to talk about the remnants that still remain along the cliff side near Cabrillo National Monument and the Lighthouse.San Diego Lighthouse

San Diego Lighthouse

 

I had been to Cabrillo to take photos of the lighthouse and I noticed when I went down on the back side of the lighthouse to get a photo looking up, I came across what looked to be the remnants of fallout shelters of some sort. So I took a few photos of it and went on about taking photos of the lighthouse and the surrounding landscape.

WWII Bunker in Point Loma

WWII Bunker Remnant in Point Loma

Little did I know what I had taken a photo of. As I listened to Ken talk about the Naval Anti-Aircraft Gunnery School  nestled along the rocky shore line I realized what my photo was. The newspaper headlines warned the citizens about the  huge guns that had been firing daily practice rounds totaling over 20 million rounds over the 3 year period. Seems back then there were a lot of broken windows near by. When the war was over, the outposts for the gunnery school were knocked down and broken away. Thankfully as record of it's existence and history there are at least a few remains as a reminder of the fear during the war that our coast was vulnerable.

Point Loma was called a veritable Gibraltar hidden by Point Loma's scenic beauty.

 

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Sharon Alters
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William, just proving the point that when we are photographing an area, be sure to look around for other shots beside the obvious ~ you never know when they will come in handy! Beautiful shots of the lighthouses and shelters.

June 06, 2010 04:26 PM #18
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Great historical post with photos to go with!

June 06, 2010 05:29 PM #19
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Don Rogers
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William,

Very nice photo gallery and history lesson of Point Loma.  Thank you sir.

June 06, 2010 05:30 PM #20
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William, I had the pleasure of visiting San Diego for the second time last November.  It's a great city with so much to see, learn, and do.  I love lighthouses, thanks for sharing the insightful story about this one.

June 06, 2010 09:02 PM #21
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Great photography work William!  Ya gotta just love that lighthouse picture!  And you've provided a great history lesson to go along with the photos!  I like the lower photos that remind of those old "duck and cover" days!

June 06, 2010 09:55 PM #22
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Thank You Tony and Darcy. I am loving learning our real history after all these years living here.

June 06, 2010 11:42 PM #23
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Hi Susan, I didn't realize how much fear there was  that the Japanese would attack our military costal posts so they were all most likley beefed up. Facinating history back then. In 50 years I wonder what they will talk about ? :-)

June 06, 2010 11:46 PM #24
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Hi Todd, Now that would be a cool photo story. When can we expect it? Sounds fantastic.

June 07, 2010 01:04 AM #25
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Bill That was fabulous, Thank you so much. I loved it and saved that movie as a link. The Power of Security. Tremendous numbers of guys involved in that operation. Totally amazing! It brings back a lot of memories as a kid and seeing news reels that this guy must have been the voice for. Loved it  Loved it Loved it!!!!!

June 07, 2010 01:17 AM #26
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Hi Sharon, I think I have some really good photos to share from my storage site. A little over 30,000. I am always searching for that something special. And you are so right. I was in the Pasadena area today for almost 8 hours and did over 600 shots of some of the most amazing things. I can't wait to share some of them. And there are some treasures that one day will pop up as an "I took this and didn't know know what I had" photo, :-)

June 07, 2010 01:22 AM #27
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Woo Hoo! Thank you so much. How's it going? How is Gary and the little one? It has been days since your last post here. I always look for you. Be well and happy. :-)

June 07, 2010 01:24 AM #28
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Hi Don, I am loving this. I wish I just collect it all and keep writing and taking photos. But I d have t work and it is getting busy again. For the last month my activity of business was slow but picking up again.

June 07, 2010 01:25 AM #29
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Hi Silvia, I was there for NAR as well. It would have been nice to connect up. I did with a few others.

June 07, 2010 01:26 AM #30
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Hi Myrl, Thank you. I took about 25 photos of it. So I have it at all angles. The biggest issue was trying to get it the second the people stopped walking through the doorway. You know how that can be. I prefer not having people in my photos and it gets really hard sometimes. A lot of waiting for the area to clear.  But I also understand others point of view of things and being excited to explore.

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Hey William, this is some pretty interesting history, had no idea about this with WWII.  Great photos as well, thanks for sharing!! :)

June 07, 2010 06:17 PM #32
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Hi Laura, Thank you so much. I love discovering our history and then showing it in today's photos.

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Hi William,

What an interesting post, I just love it. I've seen the lighthouse several times and you've captured it beautifully,

June 09, 2010 12:14 AM #34
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Hi Lynda, Thanks you so much. I have to give the credit to Ken Kramer, had I not seen his story, I might never have thought to go back and connect the story to the photos.

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I love all the photos but especially the close up of the lighthouse.  Such an interesting post.

 

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Hi Debra, I have taken picture of this place for several years. The last time I went , I was lucky. It was a just a great day as far as clouds and sun light not interfering.

June 10, 2010 08:13 PM #37
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