Port Aransas in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
World War II Coastal Defenses at the Aransas Pass
After Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941), the US increased defense efforts along the Texas coast, which included several Military Bases as well as key wartime industries. A month later, in what may have been a false alarm, a German U-boat, of submarine, was reported just miles off the entrance to the Aransas Pass. The SDC dispatched a temporary field artillery battery of the 2nd Infantry Division to Mustang Island, where they set up 105 MM Howitzers. In April 1942, relief came to these troops when Battery E, 50th Coast Artillery Regiment arrived. The new troops remained until October 1942 and began emplacing two French-Designed 155-MM GPF guns on Panama Mounts and building timber magazines, a commander station, searchlights and a camp for 360 men. Two companies later stationed there finished the work: Battery G, 20th Coast Artillery Regiment (Oct. 1942-Mar.1944) and Battery E, 20th Coast Artillery Regiment (Mar.-Jul. 1944) in conjunction with the Coast Artillery, the US Navy operated a harbor entrance
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15267.)
Location. 27° 50.471′ N, 97° 3.816′ W. Marker is in Port Aransas, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on J. C. Barr Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Aransas TX 78373, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aransas Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Coast Guard on Mustang Island (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cementerio San Antonio de Padua (approx. 7.5 miles away); Site of Heldenfels Shipyard (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Hagarís Rockport Cottages (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Cedars (approx. 11.8 miles away); The Old Beach Road (approx. 12.1 miles away); Baylor-Norvell House (approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Aransas.
More about this marker. Located near the harbor at the Roberts Point Park.
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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