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

World War II Coastal Watch Tower

 
 
World War II Coastal Watch Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 2, 2019
1. World War II Coastal Watch Tower Marker
Inscription.  
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
Marker details: southern view of the tower image. Click for full size.
March 2, 2019
2. Marker details: southern view of the tower
civil defense network provided an important avenue of involvement for many on the home front as well as an esprit de corps for civilians facing the many material and emotional difficulties that life in wartime America created. Few towers survived after the war and this is one of the last remaining in Florida. It stands as a monument to the civilian men and women who served their country in her hour of need.

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
Marker detail: Aircraft Warning Service documents image. Click for full size.
By courtesy Bob Schwartz, www.ww2wings.com, March 2, 2019
3. Marker detail: Aircraft Warning Service documents
Hints for Air Spotters (L) and List of Awards given the Aircraft Warning volunteers (R)
(approx. 4.1 miles away); 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
 
Marker detail: Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer Observer Badge image. Click for full size.
By courtesy Bob Schwartz, www.ww2wings.com, March 2, 2019
4. Marker detail: Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer Observer Badge
Marker detail: Examples of flight wings worn by AWS observers image. Click for full size.
By courtesy Bob Schwartz, www.ww2wings.com, March 2, 2019
5. Marker detail: Examples of flight wings worn by AWS observers
Aircraft Warning Service I.D. Card image. Click for full size.
courtesy of the Halifax Historical Museum, March 2, 2019
6. Aircraft Warning Service I.D. Card
Marker detail: Tower photo taken from southwest position image. Click for full size.
March 2, 2019
7. Marker detail: Tower photo taken from southwest position
World War II Coastal Watch Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 2, 2019
8. World War II Coastal Watch Tower Marker
U.S. Army Signal Corps Tower image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Army
9. U.S. Army Signal Corps Tower
Coastal Towers design based on U.S. Signal Corps Towers
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 2, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 3, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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