Description: Fort MacArthur, in San Pedro, became the Armyís
major regional induction center after Pearl Harbor, processing
over three-quarters of a million soldiers into World War II.
Named for Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur, a Civil War hero, military
visionary, and father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, ďFort MacĒ
began as a remote military reservation in 1888, was a
full-fledged Coast Defense fort by 1923, a blur of GI activity
as a portal to all theaters during World War II, a reserve base
in 1946, a Nike missile installation in 1954, and again a
military reserve base in 1976 following the Vietnam War.
base also played an important role in transforming San Pedro
into the Port of Los Angeles, in implementing changes in
military technology, in racial integration of the Army in the
late 1930s, and in labor history as its soldiers became
strikebreakers in the tense early days of the Second World War.
The fortís museum, comprising 20 acres above the harbor, is a
lasting reminder of the 20th centuryís vital West Coast national
Author Bio: Co-authors Stephen R. Nelson, the museumís
director/curator, and Lt. Col. David K. Appel, a member of the
museumís board of directors, collaborated to gather and assemble
more than 200 vintage photographs from the museumís archive into
this fascinating and evocative tour.