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Cairo in Tippecanoe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cairo Skywatch Tower

 
 
Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
1. Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker
(Click on any of these photos to see the details.)
Inscription. U.S. Air Force commissioned observation tower August 16, 1952 for Operation Skywatch, part of Civilian Ground Observation Corps during Korean War. Constructed by community volunteers. Approximately ninety people alternated shifts to maintain twenty-four-hour watch for enemy planes because there was no national radar system.
 
Erected 1995 by Indiana Historic Bureau. (Marker Number 79.1995.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 40° 32.44′ N, 86° 55.444′ W. Marker is in Cairo, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County. Marker is on County Road W 850 N east of County Road N 100 W, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Lafayette IN 47906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trail of Death (approx. 3.8 miles away); Tippecanoe Battleground (approx. 4.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Prophet’s Rock (approx. 4.6 miles away); Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Potawatomi ‘Trail of Death’ Route
Obverse View - Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
2. Obverse View - Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker
(approx. 4.8 miles away); The Battle of Tippecanoe (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Methodist Camp (approx. 4.8 miles away); Stricken Down in the Performance of Duty (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
Full View - Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
3. Full View - Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker
Wide View - Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
4. Wide View - Cairo Skywatch Tower Marker
Cairo Skywatch Tower and the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
5. Cairo Skywatch Tower and the Marker
1976 Statue and Dedication of " Cairo Memorial Park " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
6. 1976 Statue and Dedication of " Cairo Memorial Park "
1976 Dedication - Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
7. 1976 Dedication - Marker
Text Reads:
Operation Skywatch
Cairo, Indiana - November 14, 1976

They also serve who stand and watch. Charles E. Halleck U.S.
Congressman 2nd District Indiana
August 16, 1952
The Cairo, Indiana “Operation Skywatch” memorial dedication, in the year of our Nation’s Bicentennial.
Honoring the many thousands of U.S.A. Citizens who volunteered their services and resources in the defense of their country. In the Civil Defense effort during the U.S.A. Air Force “Operation Skywatch” in the early 1950's Korean War Police Action days and especially the citizens of Cairo, Indiana Community, and all those who “Stood the Watch...”

Ground Observer Post
Delt(a) Lima 3 - Green “The First” Ground Observation Post in the U.S.A. to be Officially Commissioned by the USAF... August 16, 1952 . . . (last line un-readable)
Top Statue - 1976 Dedication Statue - "Cairo Memorial Park" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
8. Top Statue - 1976 Dedication Statue - "Cairo Memorial Park"
Statue Dedication - Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
9. Statue Dedication - Inscription
1976 - They also serve who stand and Watch -
((Seal of: G O C (Ground Observation Corps)
United States Air Force - Observer))
Lower - Left - Seal on the Base of the 1976 Dedication Statue image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
10. Lower - Left - Seal on the Base of the 1976 Dedication Statue
Seal on Lower - Right - Base of the 1976 Dedication Statue image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, August 22, 2010
11. Seal on Lower - Right - Base of the 1976 Dedication Statue
Observers also assisted with reporting weather warning of storms.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 962 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by Tim Lange of Lafayette, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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