The Big Guns of San Diego During WWII - I was watching a Ken Kramer's show "About San Diego" on KPBS and one of the features was about the 19th Coast Artillery at Point Loma Rosecrans and the part they played during WWII. He went on to talk about the remnants that still remain along the cliff side near Cabrillo National Monument and the Lighthouse.
I had been to Cabrillo to take photos of the lighthouse and I noticed when I went down on the back side of the lighthouse to get a photo looking up, I came across what looked to be the remnants of fallout shelters of some sort. So I took a few photos of it and went on about taking photos of the lighthouse and the surrounding landscape.
Little did I know what I had taken a photo of. As I listened to Ken talk about the Naval Anti-Aircraft Gunnery School nestled along the rocky shore line I realized what my photo was. The newspaper headlines warned the citizens about the huge guns that had been firing daily practice rounds totaling over 20 million rounds over the 3 year period. Seems back then there were a lot of broken windows near by. When the war was over, the outposts for the gunnery school were knocked down and broken away. Thankfully as record of it's existence and history there are at least a few remains as a reminder of the fear during the war that our coast was vulnerable.
Point Loma was called a veritable Gibraltar hidden by Point Loma's scenic beauty.