Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Gun from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa
5 inch / 25 caliber
“Dual Purpose” secondary artillery gun
The U.S.S. Tuscaloosa was equipped with eight such guns, located in single turrets, four on either side of the ship. Developed in the 1920’s, its purpose was for both antiaircraft and surface fire. The gun weighed 4,720 lbs and was served by a crew of eight men. It was capable of firing a 54 lb shell out to a range of 14,500 yards.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 33° 11.602′ N, 87° 31.536′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is on McFarland Boulevard East (U.S. 82), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial park, located in front of University Mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 McFarland Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa AL 35404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willys Jeep (a few steps from this marker); U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (CA 37) (a few steps from this marker); Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial French 75 Millimeter Feldhase (within shouting distance of this marker); Vought A-7E Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica Gates for Northington General Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); M60A3 TTS Medium Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Also see . . .
1. U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (CA-37). Encyclopedia of Alabama entry (Submitted on September 3, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. 5"/25 caliber gun. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on October 5, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
In naval usage, the proper designation designation should be "mount". A "turret" is an enclosed structure with substantial armor protection, as in the case of Tuscaloosa's main battery.
— Submitted September 3, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,258 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.