Battery 155 - Pascagoula

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Battery 155 - Pascagoula (1942-1944) - Battery 155 - Pascagoula was a temporary, World War II, 155mm coastal gun battery on Panama mounts located on Pascagoula Military Reservation in Jackson County, Mississippi. Deactivated on 13 Jan 1944.

World War II

Part of the Temporary Harbor Defense of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Originally built as a temporary World War II coastal gun battery with two 155mm M1918M1 rapid fire guns mounted on M1917 Mobile Carriages emplaced on timber mats in field emplacements. Circular concrete Panama mounts were completed in 1943. Seven magazines were built, three for the 155mm guns and four for small arms ammunition.

A fire control station was built atop a wooden tower with a plotting room at ground level. Additional facilities included two base end stations, two 60" portable searchlight towers and three 18" beach defense searchlights.

The base camp included ten prefab 6-man hutments, a mess hall, an administration building, latrines and a recreation hall. The post was garrisoned by Battery E, 3rd Battalion, 50th U.S. Coast Artillery.

The Temporary Harbor Defense of Pascagoula was deactivated on 13 Jan 1944, the guns and troops were removed to Fort Morgan.

155mm M1918 Gun at Fort Morgan
Panama Mount at Fort Pickens


Battery Battery 155 - Pascagoula Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
? 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI 828 Unk Mobile, 1918, #Unk, Unk 1942-1944
? 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI 863 Unk Mobile, 1918, #Unk, Unk 1942-1944
Source: CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 190-191


Current Status

Broken up Panama mounts in the surf. No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi

Maps & Images

Lat: 30.341645 Long: -88.525564

Sources:

  • Gaines, William, Temporary Harbor Defenses in the Southern Defense Command: 1942-1944, The Coast Defense Journal, Vol 16 Issue 1, February 2002, page 4-38

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