For The Record: A Discussion of the Men and Their Early War War II Era Units At The Harbor Defenses of the Columbia
By D. Lindstrom
As World War II loomed and became a reality, where did men of the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia come from and how did they feel about things? Let’s find out.
Our story begins with Battery E, 3rd Coast Artillery. This unit kept the harbor defenses on life support during the so called quiet years. Battery E had a rich history dating back to 1799 as part of the 3rd Artillery. During the War of 1812 Battery E saw action against the British. When the Mexican War came along, Battery E was part of the Brownsville episode and withstood a siege of 160b days. At the Battle of Buena Vista Batteries E and C saved the day. During the Civil War, Battery E distinguished itself in Florida and later joined Sherman’s Army as it chased Confederate General Joseph E. Johnson. After the Civil War, the 3rd Artillery was transferred to the West Coast…… (Select here for the full newsletter)
Published by the Friends of Old Fort Stevens, An Oregon 501(c)3 Organization. Helping To Preserve The History Of Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park. Three Issues: Winter, Spring, Summer. Teaser:
The Reluctant Japanese Submarine: A Look At Why the Enemy Submarine Remained. In The Area Hours After Attacking Fort Stevens On June 21, 1942. By D. Lindstrom
Fire Control Hill, or H Station, was situated at a location isolated from the center of Fort Stevens. It overlooked Battery Russell, a 10-inch disappearing gun. From its vantage point, the station had a broad view to the northwest revealing the entrance to the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean. This view included the North Jetty on the Washington State side of the river, and the South Jetty on the Oregon side. The jetty’s provided more or less safe passage for shipping into the Columbia River Harbor with deep access into Oregon and Washington. The view then swept from west to south revealing nearby ocean beaches….. Read more here by downloading the PDF
Winter/Spring 2016 Friends of Fort Stevens Newsletter
Sample of the newsletter follows:
SUMMER EVENTS: The Friends of Old Fort Stevens are planning on the usual events for the summer of 2016. They include the Memorial Day weekend Veteran’s Map-A-Thon, remembrance of the June 21, attack on Fort Stevens, the World War II special event over the third weekend of July, and the Labor Day weekend Civil War reenactment. Last but not least, the annual FOOFS picnic will be on September 16.
The cost is $6.00 per person and will be collected at the picnic. There will be great burgers and dogs with all the trimmings. This will be prepared and served by the 249th Living History Organization. (The $5.00 day use fee will be waived for attendees.) Reservations are welcome. Call 503.861.1470 or Email here!
Some Current and Recent FOOFS Projects:
Maintaining the Memorial Rose Garden
Supported funding of repairs for Battery 245 lighting
Funded a reprint of the Battery Russell brochure
Funding of weekend living history events for visitors
PLANTING CONTROLLED SUBMARINE MINES. On the Columbia River, from the time of the Spanish American War through 1901, the Corps of engineers was responsible for the planting and operation of the mine field. From 1901 through World War II, the Coast Artillery was in charge. It was a dangerous business in the Columbia River harbor with its swift tides and currents.
Our Spring 2019 Newsletter is available! The Fort Stevens Review is published by the Friends of Old Fort Stevens, an Oregon 501(c)3 Organization, helping to preserve the history Of Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park.
Excerpt from this newsletter: "In Their Words, Recollections of Those Who Were Fired Upon – Edited by D. Lindstrom
This is the season to remember the 1942 attack on Fort Stevens by the I-25, a Japanese Submarine. By this time most readers are probably asking, “What else is there to say?” Rather than interpreting it again, first hand experiences are presented here without interference! These individuals were at widely separated locations and as expected, the reader will find differing views of the incident. The following recollections were made fifty years later, so memory and the “fog of war” is at play…."