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Walterboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Beacon

(Aircraft Guiding Light)

 
 
The Beacon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. The Beacon Marker
Inscription.  In 1945, the army deeded the Walterboro Army Airfield, previously known as Anderson Airfield, jointly to the City of Walterboro and Colleton County, including all surplus equipment. The Beacon (Aircraft Guiding Light) was left as part of the surplus equipment.In 1996, World War II Buffs, from out of the state, were caught making off with a load of military artifacts, including this beacon. Fortunately they were stopped.

This pedestal was constructed for the Beacon by students from the Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center. The Beacon was manufactured by Westinghouse in 1933, beaming light for all military planes flying here in World War II.

Harry Cone, Chairman
Colleton Airport Commission

Johnie Thompson, Park Overseer
Walterboro Army Airfield Memorial

Budd Price, Chairman
Colleton County Preservation and Historical Society
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II.
 
Location. 32° 54.983′ N, 80° 38.258′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in
The Beacon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. The Beacon Marker
Colleton County. Marker is on Aviation Way, on the right when traveling north. At the county airport. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tuskegee Airmen (a few steps from this marker); The Tuskegee Airman of World War II (a few steps from this marker); Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Walterboro Army Air Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoner Of War Camp and Camouflage School (within shouting distance of this marker); Walterboro Army Airfield (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Walterboro Army Airfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walterboro.
 
The Beacon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. The Beacon Marker
The Beacon image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
4. The Beacon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,273 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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