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    San Francisco California United States
Harlan Rief c1941
Lat 37°47′N Long 122°25′W  San Francisco is located on the north part of the San Francisco Peninsula and borders San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Borders San Bruno to the south and Treasure Island.

Wartime History
During World War II, San Francisco was a major staging area for America ships, troops and supplies headed for the Pacific. At the end of the war, a gateway for veterans returning home.

Fort Mason
Established November 6, 1850 on the site of Battery San Jose by the Spanish government in 1797. WWII debarkation point for troops.

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
Located at Jefferson Street and Hyde Street at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco includes the World War II submarine, USS Pampanito SS-383.

San Francisco Defense Guns
Harbor defenses of the Golden Gate were manned by U. S. Army Coastal Artillery Units. The harbor defense system included underwater minefields, anti-aircraft positions, and a maritime shipping control system, in addition several coastal defense gun batteries.

Fort Cronkhite / Battery Townsley
2 x 16" guns located on the northern flank of Golden Gate.

Fort Barry / Battery Mendell
12" disappearing gun.

Fort Baker

Fort Scott

Fort Miley

Fort Funston

Battery Chamberlain
6" guns on Baker Beach sited on the submarine minefields off the harbor entrance. During the 1940's Baker Beach was heavily fortified with several gun batteries and numerous fighting positions.

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Last Updated
December 17, 2019


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