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Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History

 
 
St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 16, 2012
1. St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History Marker
Inscription.
In 1942, the Department of Defense acquired land in St. Mary’s County and began construction of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, a facility that would play a crucial role in testing airplanes used on World War II aircraft carriers. The establishment of the base brought a surge in population and added technical jobs to the traditional agricultural and maritime economy of St. Mary’s County. After World War II, Patuxent River remained a testing center for aircraft and was the training site for the first astronauts. Today it continues to play a vital role in testing cutting-edge aircraft for the U.S. Navy and is the largest employer in the county.

[Photo captions, left to right:]
Aerial view of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, 1943.

Capt. Rassieur, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Commissioning, April 1, 1943.

First officers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, World War II era.

Patuxent River Naval Air Station Commissioning, April 1, 1943.

Hanger construction, 1943.

Joint Fighter Conference Flightline, October 1944.

Photos courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives

Logos of: Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation and St. Mary’s County Maryland, 1637
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The St. Mary's County USCT Memorial, beneath the flags in the John G. Lancaster Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 16, 2012
2. The St. Mary's County USCT Memorial, beneath the flags in the John G. Lancaster Park
- viewed from Rennell Avenue, W (here a hiker/biker path) leading to the "St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History" marker.

 
Erected by Navmar Applied Science Corporation & St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location. 38° 15.687′ N, 76° 26.899′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Rennell Avenue, W. west of S. Coral Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the lawn in front of the last of the naval air station's WWII-era civilian employee housing units on Rennell Avenue, West - just outside the northeast corner of the John G. Lancaster Park and the St. Mary's County USCT Memorial which are accessible to pedestrians from the marker site. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Architectural Significance of the First Lexington Park Community (here, next to this marker); United States Colored Troops (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Nicholas Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to the African American Monument of St. Mary's County (approx. 0.3 miles away); The African American Monument In Elmer Brown Freedom Park (approx. 0.3 miles away);
<b>"St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History" marker on the right</b> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 16, 2012
3. "St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History" marker on the right
Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion (approx. 1.2 miles away); The F9F-8B “Cougar” (approx. 1.3 miles away); Grumman A-6 Intruder (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lexington Park. - the Lexington Park community takes its name from that of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) which was the biggest ship in the U.S. Navy when she was sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 - just as St. Mary's County was being forever transformed by the tremendous expansion of military and naval activities in the region. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. NAS Patuxent River. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. USS Lexington; Pax River
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
4. St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History Marker
More recent photo of marker.
Aerial view of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, 1943. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
5. Aerial view of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, 1943.
Photo courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives
Capt. Rassieur, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Commissioning, April 1, 1943. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
6. Capt. Rassieur, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Commissioning, April 1, 1943.
Photo courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives
First officers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, World War II era. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
7. First officers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, World War II era.
Photo courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives
Patuxent River Naval Air Station Commissioning, April 1, 1943. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
8. Patuxent River Naval Air Station Commissioning, April 1, 1943.
Photo courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives
Hanger construction, 1943. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
9. Hanger construction, 1943.
Photo courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives
Joint Fighter Conference Flightline, October 1944. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 5, 2013
10. Joint Fighter Conference Flightline, October 1944.
Photo courtesy: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Archives
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on June 28, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 21, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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