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Sixth Army Headquarters

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
1. Sixth Army Headquarters Marker
Inscription.  The Presidio began expanding just before the United States entered World War II. Buildings 38 and 39 were built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1940 to provide housing and to create employment during the Great Depression. Each symmetrical barracks was designed to house two companies of soldiers which explains the two identical entrances with imposing cast stone surrounds. Both buildings were converted into offices for the Ninth Corps Area and the Fourth U.S. Army when America entered World War II and never served as barracks.

After the war, Building 38 became part of the headquarters of the Sixth U.S. Army continuing the Presidio's role as the headquarters for the Army in the West. In addition to supervising the deployment of Army Reserve units during the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Sixth U.S. Army also responded to forest fires, earthquakes, floods and civil disturbances. Building 38 housed the commanding general's office until the inactivation of the Presidio in 1994.

Buildings 38 and 39 play a major role in defining the Main Post. Built of white-painted reinforced concrete with red tile roofs, this powerful
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2. Sixth Army Headquarters Marker
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architectural pair of Mission style buildings recalls the Presidio's Spanish beginnings on a monumental scale and conveys a sense of power and authority.

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Top left: During World War II, these large buildings were painted white and gray to break them up visually and make them appear smaller from the air. Park Archives
Top right: Class Number 21 of the Sixth Army Personnel Administration School in June, 1954 as the Army began to diversify. Park Archives
Bottom left: The entrance to Building 38 with the flags of a three-star and a one-star general. Park Archives
Bottom right: Major General Milton B. Halsey (left) and Brigadier General Floyd W. Stewart discuss the training of the California National Guard in 1951 surrounded by portraits of their predecessors. Park Archives
 
Erected by National Park Service and The Presidio Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureForts and CastlesMilitary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
Location. 37° 47.956′ N, 122° 27.426′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Keyes Avenue north
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
3. Building 38
of Sal Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Keyes Avenue, San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ordoñez Gun (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War in the Philippines (about 300 feet away); The Alameda (about 400 feet away); Ammunition Magazine (about 500 feet away); Pershing Square (about 500 feet away); Outpost of an Empire (about 500 feet away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (about 600 feet away); Infantry Row (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
4. Secondary Sixth Army Headquarters Marker
Marker reads:
1943-1993
Sixth United States Army
"Born of War"
Dedicated 25 January 1993,
50th anniversary of the Sixth United States Army.
Served in every American conflict since activation.
This plaque marks the site of the
Sixth United States Army Headquarters at the
Presidio of San Francisco,
where it proudly earned its title as
"Guardian of the Golden Gate."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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