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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Guard Tower

 
 
Guard Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Guard Tower Marker
Inscription. Every American installation was protected by barbed wire obstructions, bunkers and guarded by a chain of tower that provided an elevated position from which to observe the protective perimeter. Initially these towers were constructed of wood and sandbagged walls to protect their inhabitants and some type of roof to provide shade and protection from the elements. Weapons in the tower ranged from machineguns to Grenade launchers and equipment included an azimuth board for spotting, a spotlight for night illumination as well as parachute flares, and switches to detonate mines and explosives planted around the perimeter. As time passed many of these wooden towers deteriorated and they were replaced by metal towers constructed of iron and steel beams with sided and doors made of double layers of quarter-inch steel plate. While some towers rose to modest heights of ten to fifteen feet, many of the steel tower were as much as 60-feet or more in height. Almost every American Soldier spent some time performing guard duty on a tower during his tour of duty.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.3′ N, 77° 9.456′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached
The guard tower image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. The guard tower
from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Act – LZ Albany (here, next to this marker); COL. Joseph D. Newsome (here, next to this marker); The Ia Drang Battlefield (here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (a few steps from this marker); Bill Beck and Russell Adams (a few steps from this marker); Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); Army Aviation in Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); 360 Degrees of Fire (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
More about this marker. Part of the Vietnam Fire Support Base exhibit
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Insert - Guard tower image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Guard tower
Insert - guard tower image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Insert - guard tower
Insert - guard tower image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. Insert - guard tower
Nearby, a "hooch" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
6. Nearby, a "hooch"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Last updated on June 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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