In Defense of the Nation Historical

In Defense of the Nation Historical (HM1X9M)

Location: Fort Lee, VA 23801 Prince George County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.59', W 77° 20.763'

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In World War II, over 450 members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs) were assigned to a secret experiment. It called for the creation of coastal gun battery, comprised of both men and women, with the mission to protect the Military District of Washington. Requested by General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, and dubbed "Battery X", women were mixed into the ranks of the 71st and 89th Coastal Artillery Regiments, thus creating the first-ever composite units. They graduated from the Anti-aircraft Artillery Command school in January, 1943.

The WAACs were assigned to the gun batteries, searchlight units and regiment headquarters. They trained extensively on the 90-mm Antiaircraft Gun M1 and the 40-mm Bofors Automatic Gun M1 (AA). In August, 1943 the experiment was over; women were needed in other areas of service. However, they had proven that if needed Army women could be called upon to serve in antiaircraft units. The story of Battery X was not declassified until the 1970s. Many of their experiences still remain unknown and are yet to be uncovered.
HM NumberHM1X9M
Year Placed2012
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Date Added Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291908 N 4124427
Decimal Degrees37.24316667, -77.34605000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.59', W 77° 20.763'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 35.4" N, 77° 20' 45.78" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2100 A Ave, Fort Lee VA 23801, US
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