Long Beach in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
JAAN-2 Gun Battery
(There are two markers with identical text)
These two concrete pads are the remains of a gun battery, known as JAAN-2 (Joint Army And Navy), that was in operation during World War II. Established as part of the Harbor Defense of Los Angeles after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the JAAN-2 Battery served as a sub-post to the nearby U.S. Army coastal artillery post, Fort MacArthur in San Pedro.
Each concrete pad held a 3-inch M1903 gun (pictured above) that was mounted on a pedestal and secured to the concrete pad with heavy bolts. The M1903 3-inch gun was a rapid fire breech-loaded artillery gun that could shoot up to 30 rounds per minute to protect the coast from submarines or motor torpedo boats. The gun and pedestal weighed 3,310 pounds. These guns were never fired in combat.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 33° 45.831′ N, 118° 10.068′ W. Marker is in Long Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on East Ocean Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Ciudad de Valparaiso a La Ciudad de Long Beach (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lone Sailor (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Esser House (approx. ¾ mile away); Villa Riviera (approx. 0.8 miles away); Long Beach Unity Society of Practical Christianity Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Long Beach Skating Rink (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ranchos (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Lafayette Complex (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Long Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.