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54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment War Memorial

 
 
54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 7, 2016
1. 54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment War Memorial Marker
Inscription.  
In honor of the all Black
Coast Artillery Army
Regiment that aided in
protecting the California
coast from enemy attack
during World War II

These members remained in
Santa Cruz after the war:

Chaplin Baskerville
John Bowen Sr.
Cornelius Bumpus Sr.
Russell R. Dawson
Isaac Jackson
Wade Jackson
William E. Jackson Sr.
Bill Jones
James McClish
Henry Pratt
Upsie Hannon
Willie Williams
Frank Willis

 
Erected 2009.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, World II.
 
Location. 36° 57.106′ N, 122° 1.631′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Memorial is on West Cliff Drive ¼ mile south of Pelton Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Surfing in Santa Cruz
54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment War Memorial Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 7, 2016
2. 54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment War Memorial Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here to the left of the bench, mounted on a low rock.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Joseph Marello (approx. ¼ mile away); O’Neill’s Surf Shop (approx. ¾ mile away); The Cocoanut Grove (approx. 0.9 miles away); Before the Boardwalk (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (approx. one mile away); The Plunge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
More about this memorial. The marker is located at Lighthouse Point, and the lighthouse (circa 1967, now the Surfing Museum) makes for a convenient landmark for finding the marker.
 
Also see . . .  All-black military unit that guarded the coast to be honored Wednesday. The Santa Cruz Sentinel's 2009 article on the unveiling of the memorial, as well as the historical role the regiment played in defending the area. (Submitted on September 22, 2016.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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