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Oak Ridge in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Manhattan Engineer District – USAEC

 
 
Manhattan Engineer District – USAEC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
1. Manhattan Engineer District – USAEC Marker
Inscription. In 1943, General Leslie R. Groves, commander of the Manhattan Project, delegated to Colonel Kenneth D. Nichols the responsibility for administering what was to become a $2.2 billion effort. The Colonel had his headquarters here in a rambling, seven-wing frame-building where the Federal Building now stands that became known as “The Castle”, and ran both the project here and most of the national effort. Throughout the war, technically trained soldiers on duty elsewhere were identified by the Army and reassigned to the Project. They made important contributions to the Project’s success in Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos. This Special Engineer Detachment (SED) here included 1,257 men. Also serving here was a detachment of the Women’s Army Corps (WACS). Shortly after the war, Colonel Nichols wrote that the Manhattan Project was an “accomplishment which will endure as a monument to the ingenuity, vision and determination of all those from scientists to laborers, who have had a part in the work…these people and their organizations deserve unlimited credit for the successful accomplishment of an almost impossibly vast and complicated task.” In 1947, operations were transferred to civilian control with the creation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). For the next three decades, the AEC superbly managed its national
Manhattan Engineer District – USAEC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
2. Manhattan Engineer District – USAEC Marker
defense mission and the application of nuclear science to medicine, agriculture, industry, and energy to the great benefit of mankind. The AEC was a predecessor agency of the U.S. Department of Energy – a cabinet level agency responsible for programs in national security, science and technology, energy security, and environmental management.

Erected in Honor of the Manhattan Project and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Personnel Who Lived and Worked in the Secret City 1942-1949 by The United States Department of Energy, June 2005.
 
Erected 2005 by The United States Department of Energy.
 
Location. 36° 0.82′ N, 84° 15.474′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike (Tennessee Route 95) and South Tulane Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Oak Ridge Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker located in Alvin K. Bissell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Ridge TN 37830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1946 (here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project (here, next to this marker); Y-12 – The Calutron Plant (here, next to this marker); 1948

General Leslie R. Groves image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. General Leslie R. Groves
(here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge Schools (here, next to this marker); Construction Workers (here, next to this marker); 1945 (here, next to this marker); 1942 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Ridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Secret City Commemorative Walk. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Manhattan Project. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, World II
 
Colonel Kenneth D. Nichols image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. Colonel Kenneth D. Nichols
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
5. Secret City Commemorative Walk
The Manhattan Project Insignia image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. The Manhattan Project Insignia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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