Near Savanna in Carroll County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Savanna Army Depot Activity
The area that encompasses Savanna Army Depot was acquired in 1917 when the United States Congress authorized the commanding officer of Rock Island Arsenal to purchase certain lands for the test of field artillery.
Savanna Proving Ground officially opened on 26 December 1918 and over the next two years increased activities spurred a building expansion which continued until the need for test facilities diminished. Savanna was then redesignated as an ordinance depot in 1921 and became independent of Rock Island Arsenal.
The onset of World War II caused a great expansion of the manufacturing and storage facilities at Savanna, to include a one of a kind "Group I" shell loading plant. It was this Group I plant that was used to load the special light weight bombs used by General James Doolittle in his historical Tokyo raid. The unique capabilities of Savanna ensured the depot played a central role in World War II and resulted in it being designated as an Enterprise "E" site with two silver stars.
The depot continued to function as an ammunition storage and production facility after W.W. II and in 1950, the Army Defense Ammunition Center and School was established at Savanna. In 1961 Savanna's unique capability was again shown when it was assigned a special weapons mission that
Savanna Army Depot activity has continually supported the nation's defense through the Korean War, Vietnam War and most recently the Gulf War. It is in recognition of all these contributions to America's Army that this monument is dedicated as a lasting tribute to the thousands of men and women who have worked and served here. Their efforts and sacrifices should not be forgotten by future generations.
Location. 42° 11.28′ N, 90° 14.46′ W. Marker is near Savanna, Illinois, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Crim Drive and Robbe Road, on the right when traveling west on Crim Drive. Touch for map. The marker is about a mile west of State Highway 84 on Army Depot Road (which becomes Crim Road). Marker is in this post office area: Savanna IL 61074, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pierce Wigwam (approx. 7.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Presentation (approx. 7.8 miles away); Savanna Community World War II Honor Roll (approx. 7.8 miles away); Savanna Public Library (approx. 7.8 miles away); Helen Scott Hay (approx. 7.8 miles away); Plum River Falls Savanna Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 9½ miles away); Lewistown Trail (approx. 12.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savanna.
Categories. • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 3, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.