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Cape Elizabeth in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

National Guard

 
 
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By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
1. National Guard Marker
Inscription.  The 240th Coast Artillery Regiment of the Maine National Guard was created to assist the 8th Coast Artillery Regiment in time of war. In 1930, a formal National Guard camp was laid out at the fort with mess halls and concrete slabs for tents. Each year, for the first two weeks in July, the regiment conducted encampments to practice firing and train for searchlight and anti-aircraft operations. In 1940, the men were called to active duty and served through World War II in the Portland Harbor Defenses.

In 1941, Fort Williams became the regimental headquarters for the 240th Coast Artillery. Officers of the 8th and 240th regiments participated in exercises to test their response to fictitious enemy attacks by air, land, and sea.

Although never engaged in hostile actions, after the declaration of war on December 8, 1941, the regiments at Fort Williams were in a constant state of wartime readiness with training and alerts intensified.

Fort Williams was the last army post in Maine when it closed in 1962.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles
National Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
2. National Guard Marker
War, World II.
 
Location. 43° 37.347′ N, 70° 12.59′ W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Shore Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Blair (here, next to this marker); Fort Williams (here, next to this marker); A Town Within A Town (here, next to this marker); CCC Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Daily Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battery Blair (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
 
National Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
3. National Guard Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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