D Battery, along with A and C Battery, was dispatched to south Florida during October 1962 when President Kennedy ordered the units to defend the southern coast of Florida. No, it was never an insane asylum. However, some may have thought so.
In 1965, the permanent site was built although much of the Administration / IFC has been demolished. The former Launch Area is now the INS Krome Service Processing Center, a federal facility used primarily to hold illegal immigrants awaiting immigration hearings to detain Haitians. A guard post is positioned between Krome Avenue and the former launch area Ready Building. The Section Barns were converted into a mess hall, barracks, and training rooms.
Did You Know?
The Everglades is not the proverbial swamp many people consider it to be. It is technically a river, flowing southwest at the slow rate of about a quarter mile per day.