Battery JAAN 2 - Long Beach

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Battery JAAN 2 - Long Beach (1942-1946) - Battery JAAN 2 - Long Beach was a reinforced concrete World War II 3" gun battery operated as a sub-post of Fort MacArthur, Los Angeles County, California. The Battery was named JAAN because it was jointly manned by Army and Navy personnel, Joint Army And Navy. Battery construction started 11 Aug 1942, was completed 11 Jan 1943 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 12 Apr 1943 at a total cost of $8,122. The two 3" guns came from the previously deactivated Battery Lodor. Deactivated in 1946.

Battery JAAN2 Site Looking North, Emplacement #2 in Foreground, Emplacement #1 in Background
Battery JAAN 2 Emplacement #1 Rebuilt
Battery JAAN 2 Emplacement #2 Rebuilt


World War II (1941-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Los Angeles.

Battery JAAN 2 - Long Beach was a World War II gun battery with 2 M1903, 3" guns mounted on M1903 Pedestal Mounts with a modified shield. The two 3" guns came from the Benicia Arsenal where they had been stored since they were removed from the deactivated Battery Lodor. The JAAN 2 Battery was deactivated in 1946.

Battery JAAN 2 - Long Beach Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 3" Rifle 170" M1903 107 Watervliet Pedestal Mount, M1903, #106, Watertown 1942-1946 See Note 1
2 3" Rifle 170" M1903 108 Watervliet Pedestal Mount, M1903, #107, Watertown 1942-1946 See Note 1
Source: Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1
Note 1: Guns from Battery Lodor fitted with new shields
Battery JAAN 2 - Long Beach Plan 25 Nov 1943


Current Status

No guns or mounts in place. Remains of the concrete mounts can still be seen. The two emplacements have been rebuilt with the original concrete bases reused but with solid concrete caps where the pedestal mounting bolts were placed. Both concrete pads are now surrounded on three sides with a stainless steel safety fence and the battery now offers a great view over the cliff. The Google map below does not yet reflect the new construction (30 Oct 2014).


Location: Bixby Park in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

Maps & Images

Lat: 33.7638544 Long: -118.1676203

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project Harbor Defenses of Los Angeles, (LA-AN-WDC-44), 31 Aug 1944, CDSG

Links:

Visited: 30 Oct 2014, 3 Jan 2013

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