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Battery 241
Twin six-inch armored turret guns
 


Battery 241 at Fort MacArthur in 1943

Beginning in about 1940 the United States began to take another serious look at the state of it's coastal defenses. As a result of that re-evaluation dozens of forts around the country became slated for modernization.
 
The work was slow but America's entry into world war two accelerated the building program. In February of 1942 work began at Fort MacArthur on a new type of standardized intermediate range coastal defense battery.
 
One of the landmark features of this battery design was the use of both optical instruments and radar for targeting as well as
an early mechanical computer for calculating the firing solution. the 200 series battery was also relatively inexpensive and quick to build because the amount of concrete used to protect their magazines was substantially less than batteries of the previous generation.
 
All three of the 200 series batteries around Fort MacArthur survived until long after the end of World War Two; but time and changing defense strategies finally caught up with them. In 1956 the guns met the cutting torch and the last of the big Coast Artillery guns of Fort MacArthur were turned into scrap.
 
Today the battery sits abandoned just below and in front of the Korean Friendship Bell. The intricately decorated bell and pavilion was donated in 1976 to the people of the city of Los Angeles by the people of the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries.
 

The Guns of Fort MacArthur

    Battery Osgood - Farley
    Battery Leary Merriam
    Battery Barlow - Saxton
    Battery Lodor
    Battery Erwin

    Battery Eubanks

    Battery 127 (Paul D Bunker)

    Battery 128

    Battery 240 (Harry C. Barnes)

    Battery 241
        Photos of the battery today
        Battery details

    Battery 242 (Harry J Harrison)

    90mm AMTB

    155 GPF Mobile Guns

    Anti-Aircraft (Fixed and Mobile)

Missile Systems of Fort MacArthur

    The Nike Program


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