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Dewey Beach in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Standing Guard

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2013
1. Standing Guard Marker
Inscription. Built from 1939 to 1942, the 11 concrete observation towers along Delaware's coast were built to protect the shores during World War II - and to last about 20 years. They are still standing after 60 years. The towers were the eyes for the guns of Fort Miles, located in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park. Abandoned since the early 1960s, these sentinels once stood guard against German ships. About the Towers - As war was raging in Europe, the United States saw the need to protect the coast from Nazi naval threats. Delaware Bay was of prime concern. The army quickly built Fort Miles in two years at Cape Henlopen to protect the industrialized and shipbuilding cities of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Fort DuPont and Fort Delaware near Delaware City, and Fort Mott in New Jersey were thought to be too far up the river to be a viable defense. The observation towers along Delaware's coast were part of the overall defense of the coast. They were the spotters for two 16-in guns, two 12-inch guns and four 6-inch guns at Fort Miles. An underwater minefield was also set up from Cape Henlopen to Cape May. Each mine could be turned off electronically to allow friendly ships to pass.
 
Location. 38° 40.684′ N, 75° 4.263′ W. Marker is in Dewey Beach, Delaware, in Sussex
Standing Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2013
2. Standing Guard Marker
County. Marker is on Coastal Highway. Touch for map. This Marker is at Tower Road Beach along the Coastal Highway. Marker is in this post office area: Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake (approx. 2.1 miles away); Funland (approx. 2 miles away); City of Rehoboth Beach (approx. 2.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company (approx. 2.7 miles away); Giovanni Da Verrazzano (approx. 2.9 miles away); Village Improvement Association (approx. 3 miles away); Indian River Life-Saving Station (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is identical to marker #39595 in Lewes but it's much more faded. This is Tower #3.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, World II
 
Standing Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2013
3. Standing Guard Marker
Tower Number 3 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2013
4. Tower Number 3
Standing Guard Marker Number 39595 in Lewes Delaware image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 3, 2013
5. Standing Guard Marker Number 39595 in Lewes Delaware
The marker in Lewes is more readable than than this one at Tower Road Beach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 405 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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