— Fort Pickens —All alone in the glaring sun...scanning the horizon...looking for but hoping not to see an enemy ship or plane—guard duty was no picnic for the Coast Artillery during World War II. Soldiers stood guard around the clock in three- or four-hour shifts. At night "you'd hear something moving," one soldier said, "and you couldn't tell if it was a German off a U-Boat or not." The battery, built in 1898 for two 4.72-inch Armstrong rifles, was converted into a range-finding station for Battery Payne in 1922 and used throughout World War II.
|Placed By||The National Park Service, Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 471561 N 3355161|
|Decimal Degrees||30.32793333, -87.29583333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 19.676', W 87° 17.75'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 19' 40.56" N, 87° 17' 45" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1402-1404 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US|
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