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Norfolk Light Artillery Blues

 
 
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By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
1. Norfolk Light Artillery Blues Marker
Inscription.  Here from 1914 to 1961 stood the third armory of the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues (Battery B, 111th Field Artillery, Virginia National Guard) formed in 1829, as well as the Headquarters Battery, Regimental Band, and the 104th Medical Corps Detachment. From here, the Blues were ordered abroad during three wars: the 1916 Mexican Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa, the American Expedition to France in 1918 during World War I, and World War II. The Blues landed in the fifth wave on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and fought in Europe for the remainder of the war. In 1961 the unit moved to a new armory near Broad Creek.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KN-4.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, World IWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1944.
 
Location. 36° 53.141′ N, 76° 18.13′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection
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By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
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of Hampton Boulevard (Virginia Route 337) and West 46th Street on Hampton Boulevard. The marker is located on the Old Dominion University campus in front of the University Theatre. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23508, 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. Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Connections" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quarantine Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Academic Building Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Norfolk 17 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Father Ryan's Home (approx. 1.6 miles away); Craney Island (approx. 1.7 miles away); Camp Talbot (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Army Center of Military History - Lineage and Honors Information 229th Military Police Company. (Submitted on May 24, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Virginia National Guard Historical Society, Inc. » Unit histories » 229th MP Co. ». On 30 September 1829 a group of local business and other important men in Norfolk Borough organized a volunteer militia company* of light artillery they called the “Norfolk Light Artillery Blues” (after the color of the uniform they adopted, a blue shallow-tailed coat and trousers trimmed in red). The unit was assigned to the 4th Regiment of Artillery in the event of full mobilization but trained as an element of the 54th Norfolk Borough
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(Submitted on May 24, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.

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