All Black 54th Coast Artillery Army - Santa Cruz, CA
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N 36° 57.110 W 122° 01.630
10S E 586614 N 4089971
This Memorial is to honor the service of the all black 54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment during WWII. It's located along West Cliff drive, overlooking those waters of the Pacific Ocean that they guarded.
Waymark Code: WMEKXY
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 06/11/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
Views: 1

This Memorial is to honor the service of the all black 54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment during WWII, guarding California shores and waters against enemy attack, thus ensuring our safety. Activated February 10, 1941, this mobile, seacoast regiment was formed at Camp Wallace, Texas from a cadre of black soldiers from Texas, Kansas and Missouri.

In leftover WWI uniforms, they trained with 155-MM guns, 6” GFP, 4 guns to a battery, 9 soldiers per battery. They were at Camp Davis, North Carolina for a time. After reports of Japanese enemy activity near Goleta, California they were sent to guard the California coast. They worked in concert with the Coast Guard and Navy, keeping their faithful watch until the fall of Germany. We owe them our gratitude and deepest thanks.

The plaque reads:

In honor of the all black
54th Coast Artillery Army
Regiment that aided in
protecting the California
coast from enemy attack
during World War II

These members remained in
Santa Cruz after the war:

Chaplin Baskerville
John Bowen Sr.
Cornelius Bumpus Sr.
Russell R. Dawson
Isaac Jackson
Wade Jackson
William E. Jackson Sr.
Bill Jones
James McClish
Henry Pratt
Upsie Hannon
Willie Williams
Frank Willis

This memorial near Lighthouse Point was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009. The last known veterans of this regiment, Russell Dawson, 93, and William Jackson Sr., 88, were in attendance at the dedication. The dedication program is available as a PDF.

The Memorial can be seen in Google Street View.

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