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Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post

 
 
Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post Marker
(Click on the photograph to enlarge it and view the news clippings on the marker.)
Inscription. On February 7, 1951, the State of Idaho Department of Civil Defense set up the GOC, a Citizen Volunteer Auxiliary with the United States Air Force.
In October, 1951, Soda Springs and Caribou County Ground Observers met with Major T.A. Burda, Air Defense Officer, Boise Air Force Filter Center Commander, to achieve greater efficiency and close cooperation in Ground Observer Corp activities in the area.
Sector Headquarters, for the U.S. Air Force, were established in Soda Springs in December 1954. Staff Sergeant Ausmus G. Stevens, sector sergeant, moved to Soda Springs with his family and set up an office in the Caribou County Courthouse. This sector covered Caribou, Bear Lake and Franklin Counties in Idaho and Lincoln County in Wyoming. With Sgt. Stevens relocation, Soda Springs was finally filling a void in the air defense screen. "The eyes of the people here are greatly needed" he said.
Lt. Col. John Gaffney, State Civil Defense Coordinator and Sgt. Stevens met with Soda Springs City Council members to begin the GOC Building project in July 1955. Horsley Brothers present the accepted bid of $856.00 for the 8 square foot building. Caribou County also gave $300.00 to each post.
With 100 volunteers pledged, the Ground Observer Corp, Soda Springs Post officially began twelve hour day operations in January 1956. Monsanto
Soda Springs Skywatch Post image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. Soda Springs Skywatch Post
The marker is on the back-side of the building.
Chemical Company temporarily operated the twelve hour night shift.
On January 31, 1959, the U.S. Ground Observation Corp was inactivated.
The GOC has been properly characterized as the greatest peacetime civilian volunteer defense organization in the history of the nation. The dedication and patriotism of its individual volunteers who have contributed so much to national security have received the highest tributes from the country's leaders.
 
Location. 42° 39.4′ N, 111° 36.316′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from East 1st Street South near South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ground Observer Corps National Planning (here, next to this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton (within shouting distance of this marker); "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Springs of Soda Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagon Box Grave of 1861
Soda Springs, Idaho image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 31, 2016
3. Soda Springs, Idaho
Ground Observer Corp Volunteers
July 14, 1952 - January 31, 1959
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caribou Mountain (about 300 feet away); Not A Walk In The Park... (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Geyser Park.
 
Categories. War, Cold
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 113 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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