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Vallejo in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sentry Houses, A272 and A279

Circa 1942

 
 
Sentry Houses, A272 and A279, Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 28, 2020
1. Sentry Houses, A272 and A279, Marker
Inscription.  These sentry houses are key contributing features of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. A National Historic Landmark, Marine Corps manned A272 to guard entry to the high security naval ammunition depot, while A279 was a waiting booth for those needing transportation. The Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot manufactured, stored, transported and disposed of munitions from 1857-1975. Thousands of workers and visitors to the ammunition depot passed through these booths during the height of World War II. These sentry houses are a testament to the countless women and men who labored here in service to their country.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 38° 5.163′ N, 122° 15.611′ W. Marker is in Vallejo, California, in Solano County. Marker is on Azuar Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vallejo CA 94592, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beyond These Sentry Houses (a few steps from this marker); First Wireless Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Port Chicago 50 - Vallejo, August 1944 (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Peter's Chapel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vallejo As State Capital (approx. one mile away);
Sentry House A279 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 28, 2020
2. Sentry House A279 and Marker
Fourth Marine Division Memorial (approx. one mile away); German Marder and Torpedo (approx. one mile away); 24 Pounder from the USS Independence (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vallejo.
 
Also see . . .  Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Sentry Houses... (HABS). "Significance: Buildings A272 & A279, built in 1942, are considered significant for their association with U.S. Naval history and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY), the first naval installation on the west coast. Portions of MINSY are within a National Historic Landmark. These building, however, are outside the landmark, but within the Mare Island Historic District. They were constructed for the Marine Security Detachment as gate sentry houses, guarding entry to the Naval Ammunition Depot Area. They are contributing elements of the successful base operations at MINSY and are the only examples of sentry house design, construction methods and materials used on the island during WWII." - Historic American Buildings Survey (Submitted on July 28, 2020.) 
 
<i>Interior view of A279, facing northeast...</i> image. Click for full size.
David G. DeVries (courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey and Library of Congress), 2002
3. Interior view of A279, facing northeast...
Sentry Houses A272 (right) and A279 (left), looking south on Azuar Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 28, 2020
4. Sentry Houses A272 (right) and A279 (left), looking south on Azuar Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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