Gulf Shores in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage
The U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun, more commonly known as the “G.P.F.”, was a French heavy artillery piece manufactured in the U.S. for use by the U.S. Army during World War I. Due to the gun’s mobility and hitting power, it was used during the 1920’s and 1930’s as a coast defense weapon. By 1944, the M1918M1 gun and the M1918AA carriage with its solid rubber tires were no longer in front line service and had been relegated to a support role. During World War II, Battery F of the 50th Coast Artillery Regiment manned two M1918M1 GPF guns (Nos. 176 and 802) at Fort Morgan, initially in field emplacements and later on “Panama” mounts on top of the fort.
Weight of Gun and Carriage: 19,860 pounds
Weight of Projectile: 95 pounds
Muzzle Velocity: 2,360 feet per second
Range: 20,000 yards
Rate of Fire: 4 rounds per minute
Location. 30° 13.77′ N, 88° 1.38′ W. Marker is in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Fort Morgan Road (State Road 180) 1.7 miles west of Dune Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of Fort Morgan State Historic Park across the parking lot from the museum near the entrance to historic Fort
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Bowyer War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Battery Schenck (1899-1923) (within shouting distance of this marker); 6.4” (100 pounder) Parrott Rifle / 7” Brooke Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble Leslie DeVotie (within shouting distance of this marker); The Overland Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); 32 Pounder Sea Coast Defense Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Thomas (1898-1917) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Citadel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gulf Shores.
Also see . . . Fort Morgan, Guardian On The Bay. (Submitted on November 2, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.