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Armory, The - Janesville, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 40.825 W 089° 01.662
16T E 333868 N 4727319
Quick Description: The Armory was built in 1930 and served as the home of the National Guard 32nd Tank Company. It is located at 10 S High St in Janesville, WI. Today it serves as a dinner theater.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 8:46:13 AM
Waymark Code: WM2DG9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member snfromky
Views: 74

Long Description:
The Armory features a stunning array of brickwork, terrazzo floors and decorative iron. The building's exterior has been preserved to retain its historical significance, while the interior combines modern decor and elegance with original elements

The historical marker outside reads:
"During the 1930s, the Janesville National Guard armory was headquarters for the 32nd Tank Company, a unit of Wisconsin's famed Thirty-Second Division which had been reorganized after World War I and equipped with light tanks. In November 1940, as part of the mobilization ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the unit was melded with three other midwestern National Guard units and redesignated Company A of the 192nd Tank Battalion. Within a year, the Janesville tank company had been trained and dispatched to the Philippine islands.

Following the outbreak of war on December 7, 1941, members of Company A became the first of 330,000 Wisconsin residents to engage the enemy. During a harrowing four-month defense of the Bataan Peninsula, short of supplies and devoid of air cover, the Janesville tank unit fought bravely alongside other American and Filipino forces until surrendering on April 9, 1942. As prisoners of war, the Janesville men participated in the infamous Bataan Death March. Of the original ninety-nine members of the unit, only thirty-five survived imprisonment by the Japanese."
Street address:
10 S High St
Janesville, WI USA
53545


County / Borough / Parish: Rock

Year listed: 1978

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event: Military

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Defense, Funerary, Recreation And Culture, Social: Civic, Government Office, Military Facility, Sport Facility

Current function: Recreation And Culture: Theater

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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