Killed in Gun Drill
— Fort Pickens —In 1922 Hugo W. Papp looked on as the gun crew practiced firing one of Battery Payne's rapid-fire rifles. The recoil tore the gun from its mount and hurled it down the steps at Papp. In an instant he was dead. This was the only time that a life was taken by any of the guns at Fort Pickens' batteries, which never saw combat. The two 3-inch rifles here, like those at Battery Trueman, had a 360-degree sweep of fire, making them excellent protectors of the inner harbor and the Pensacola Navy Yard.
|Placed By||The National Park Service, Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 5:02pm 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 East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1402-1404 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US|
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