The Men Behind the Guns
Seventeen "batteries" of about 125 soldiers each, manned the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco during the war. These highly trained men maintained and fired the guns, plotted ranges, and staffed the base end stations. Early in the war, they lived at the remote gun batteries and base end stations for weeks at a time. Moral often suffered as they tried to maintain a high state of readiness through long periods with little to do.
Did You Know?
The Golden Gate Bridge’s two towers rise 746 feet, making them 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument, linking the Presidio of San Francisco to the Marin Headlands.