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Priceville in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

USS San Jose (AFS-7)Anchors / BOFORS TWIN 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
1. USS San Jose (AFS-7)Anchors Marker
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USS San Jose (AFS-7)Anchors
The USS San Jose was a Mars-class combat stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1970. She served as a navy ship until November 1993 and was involved in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. She was then transferred to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and was redesignated USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7). As an MSC vessel, San Jose was involved in the INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce, the response to the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The ship was then deactivated in 2010.

The ship was honored with three battle stars for service during the conflict: Consolidation I, Consolidation II, and Vietnam Ceasefire.

BOFORS TWIN 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
The first twin Bofors was produced in January of 1942. Bofors guns soon began appearing fleet-wide, through not until mid-1944 was demand satisfied. Each of the twin 40mm's fired 120-160 rounds-per-minute, per barrel with an approximate effective range of 4,000 yards. The guns were manned by seven men with ammunition passers added to the
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By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
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crew as required. The crew consisted of a gun captain, pointer, trainer, two first loaders and two second loaders. The origin of these guns is unknown.

We would like to thank VFW Post #2434 Biloxi, Mississippi for the donations of this piece of history to Morgan County Veterans Memorial. We would also like to thank the Priceville Maintenance Department and Tim, Stuart and Jarod Tanksley of Tanksley Machine and Tool for their help in the restoration of the Bofors anti-aircraft gun.
 
Erected 2012.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 34° 31.372′ N, 86° 53.402′ W. Marker is in Priceville, Alabama, in Morgan County. Memorial can be reached from Willowbrook Street north of Alabama Route 67 when traveling west. Part of the Morgan County Veterans Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United States Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Army (within shouting distance of this marker); The Huey Helicopter (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoner of War or Missing in Action (within shouting distance

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of this marker); T-34 C Mentor Plane (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Air Force (within shouting distance of this marker); M601A Tank (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Priceville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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