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352nd Coast Artillery Searchlight Battalion.
 
On October 25 - 26, 2002 The Fort MacArthur Museum hosted the 2002 annual reunion of the 352nd Coast Artillery Searchlight Battalion. This unit was formed here at Fort MacArthur in 1942 and helped protect the harbors of Los Angeles and Long Beach during WWII.

They came from near and far; some haven't set foot on Fort MacArthur in nearly 60 years. Many of the veterans of the 352nd also brought their wives, sons, daughters, children, and grandchildren with them and it was especially nice to see all the extended family members in attendance. On Saturday October 26th, the museum hosted an afternoon of tours and a dinner for the reunion attendees. After the sun went down, we lit up the museums restored Sperry Searchlight and thanks to museum volunteer Bob Meza who brought his restored General Electric light. Bob's GE Light is nearly identical to the lights used by the men of the 352nd when they were stationed here during the war.
 

Yesterdays News

    Restoration shop equipment expansion

    1918 Dodge Brothers light repair truck
    Museum receives a 1942 GE searchlight
    1941 Sperry Searchlight "Ready for Action"
    The first M2 height finder is restored
    Power room muffler replacement
    Museum mascot "Farley" killed in attack

 


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