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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William Johnson
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Hi Laura, Thank you so much. I love discovering our history and then showing it in today's photos.

June 07, 2010 08:34 PM
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Lynda Eisenmann
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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
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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.

June 09, 2010 12:28 AM
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Debra Walsh
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I love all the photos but especially the close up of the lighthouse.  Such an interesting post.

 

June 10, 2010 07:52 PM
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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
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