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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Naval Ordinance Plant / Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy"

 
 
Naval Ordinance Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
1. Naval Ordinance Plant Marker
Inscription.  
Naval Ordinance Plant
Commissioned on Oct. 1, 1941. Operated by Westinghouse Electric to manufacture gun mounts and ordnance for the Navy during WWII. The 135 acre inland site afforded protection from enemy air attacks. Peak employment reached 4200. The Navy took over operation in 1946. In the post-war years employment declined to less than 100.
Sponsored by and dedicated to NOSL Employees

Naval Ordinance Station
"Gunsmith to the Navy"
Re-activated in 1950, NOSL became a major facility. In 1966 it was designated an ordnance station and assigned to provide design, repair, overhaul, and engineering for all shipboard gun systems. In 1996, the operation returned to private contractors with engineering support being retained by the Navy until 2011.
 
Erected 2012 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2389.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. In addition,
Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
2. Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy" Marker
it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 10.163′ N, 85° 45.876′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Southside Drive (State Road 1020) and Rochester Drive, on the right when traveling north on Southside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Douglas Park Racetrack (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Little Loomhouse / Happy Birthday to You (approx. ¾ mile away); Southern Parkway / Iroquois Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kenwood Drive-In (approx. 0.9 miles away); Iroquois Amphitheater / Works Progress Admin., 1935-1943 (approx. one mile away); Fenley Family / Fenley Family Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench / Cycle Carnival 1897 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Tom Moore Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Naval Ordnance Plant/ Station. From Kentucky Historical Society's Explore KY History program. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Naval Ordinance Plant / Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
3. Naval Ordinance Plant / Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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