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Atlantic Beach in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach

 
 
Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, July 12, 2017
1. Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach Marker
Inscription. Constructed by the U.S. Army in 1942, Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach was the headquarters of the Harbor Defenses of Jacksonville during World War II. The camp was tasked with defending Floridaís Atlantic coast from Axis invasion following the sinking of the tanker SS Gulfamerica off Jacksonville Beach and the capture of Nazi saboteurs in Ponte Vedra. The 149-acre camp was leased by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and supported rotating infantry and coastal artillery units. In its early days, the soldiers slept in tents on wooden platforms. Later, wooden huts housed six men each and had shutters that could be opened for ventilation. The 53rd Coast Artillery Regiment, which manned the four 155-mm long-range guns known as “Long Toms," was the campís anchor unit. The four artillery guns were flanked by 60-foot observation towers, though there are no visible remains today. The main camp was situated at present-day Selva Lakes and the gun placements were located at what is now Area 7 of Hanna Park. Although the camp never saw enemy action, it remained in service for 18 months until the U. S. military began a rapid reduction of its beach defense forces in 1944.
 
Erected 2016 by City of Atlantic Beach, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-917.)
 
Location.
Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, July 12, 2017
2. Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach Marker
30° 19.98′ N, 81° 24.128′ W. Marker is in Atlantic Beach, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of Plaza Drive and Seminole Road, on the right when traveling east on Plaza Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in Jack Russell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic Beach FL 32233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. SS Gulfamerica (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pablo Beach Post Office (approx. 3.1 miles away); Porter Wood Burning Locomotive (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pablo Beach FEC Foreman's House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Doolittle's 1922 Record Flight (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mayport Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away); Beaches Museum Chapel (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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