Ormond Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
World War II Coastal Watch Tower
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, the American government placed a high priority on Civil Defense throughout the Second World War. This coastal watch tower was constructed and staffed by civilian volunteer “spotters” who were part of the Ground Observation Corps, the Army Air Forces Aircraft Warning Service/Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Armed only with binoculars and a telephone, they monitored the skies for air traffic and reported any flight plans. Spotters also watched for signs of German U-boats that operated just off shore, sinking merchant marine vessels in an attempt to disrupt the American war effort.
This tower was one of 15,200 observation posts along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, equaling roughly one every six miles and providing a virtual “picket fence” of civilian observers to warn of an impending attack. The observation posts were abandoned in May of 1944 when it became apparent the Germans no longer posed a threat to our coastline. Though the continental United States would not come under serious attack during the course of the war, this
Dedicated on this 7th day of December, 2004, by The Emmer Group with special thanks to the County of Volusia and the Ormond Beach Historical Trust Inc.
Erected 2004 by The Emmer Group and Volusia County.
Location. 29° 20.817′ N, 81° 3.91′ W. Marker is in Ormond Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on Ocean Shore Boulevard (State Road A1A) 0.1 miles north of Spanish Waters Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2177 Ocean Shore Blvd, Ormond Beach FL 32176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nocoroco (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mount Oswald Plantation (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Ormond Garage (approx. 4.1 miles away); Hotel Ormond (approx. 4.1 miles away); Ormond Fire House The Casements (approx. 4.2 miles away); Joseph Downing Price (approx. 4.3 miles away); John Andrew Bostrom (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ormond Beach.
Categories. • War, World II •
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