Near Muir Beach in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Soldiers Guarding the Coast
Relics of Tense Times
— Golden Gate National Recreation Area —
The soldiers' main duty was to scan the ocean for enemy ships. Each base end station had two men on duty at all times. Most base end stations were a single room, furnished with bare necessities. Two narrow bunks and a stove made them livable, but duty in these "gopher holes”
Wearing Parkas in Summer
On many days, this was a cold, damp, windy, foggy, isolated place to be stationed during World War II.
During the summer of 1944, an officer commanding one of the stations here put in a supply request for cold weather parkas and fur lined boots for the men. A few days later, he received a call from a supply sergeant at an army depot. Why, the sergeant wanted to know, did the coast artillery need Arctic-type clothing...in California?
He had just shipped an order of summer-weight shorts and shirts to the Army air force base at Hamilton Field. Weren't the two posts just a few miles apart? The lieutenant replied: "You'd have to be from the Bay Area to understand."
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1944.
Location. 37° 51.764′ N, 122° 35.142′ W. Marker is near Muir Beach, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Seacape Drive west of California Highway 1. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sausalito CA 94965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Preserving the Forest Primeval (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fall in Muir Woods (approx. 2.2 miles away); Redwoods and Their Relatives (approx. 2.4 miles away); United Nations Conference on International Organization (approx. 2½ miles away); Marin Headlands (approx. 3.3 miles away); Reed's Mill (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cold War Legacy: Missiles to Marine Mammals (approx. 3½ miles away); Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map (approx. 3.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Muir Beach Overlook, and is easily seen from the parking lot there. There is a sign for the overlook when traveling north on Highway 1.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.