250th Coast Artillery
California National Guard
Selected Illustrations from the Yearbook
San Francisco Big Gun Regiment -- 24 Guns
Copy of Camp McQuaide Newspaper
San Francisco Call-Bulletin reprint
Letter from Commanding Officer saying Ready for
National Guard Armory at 14th and Mission,
Guns in Traveling Mode
situated six miles from Watsonville, California, in Santa Cruz Valley,
is on a
sandy palisade overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where the waters of the
ocean mingle with the warm depths of Monterey bay.
It occupies a
commanding position, being in practically the center shoreline of
Monterey Bay. Off to the northwest lies the city of Santa Cruz, and to
the southwest the
historic city of Monterey glistens along the shores of the Bay.
Building, or Post Headquarters, is flanked by barracks, comfortable and
Neatly arranged rows of tents accommodate the recently added and
complement. High atop the hill, the hospital is located, encircled by
wind-breaking lines of evergreen trees.
Foothills of the
Santa Cruz Mountains landlock the area surrounding Camp McQuaide.
Orderly appearing and highly productive farms and orchards make up the
back country from
million boxes a year--are grown in the fertile area beyond Camp
McQuaide and Watsonville known as the Parajo Valley.
itself, was established in 1926 at Capitola. The present site was
dedicated in 1938, and was named in memory of Major Joseph P. McQuaide,
deceased, Chaplain of the 250th for many years.
McQuaide, was ordained in 1892, and served with the First California
in the Philippines and the Boxer rebellion in China. Father McQuaide
rejoined the National Guard of California in 1917 and was assigned as
Post Chaplain at Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco. He went overseas,
to France, with the 62nd Coast Artillery.
died March 29, 1924.
efforts of the Watsonville Chamber of Commerce and patriotic response
of the citizenry, the present site of Camp McQuaide was secured.secured.
Photo thanks to Phil Moreno:
Battery "C" 250th CAC California
National Guard 1935
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Walter A. Dangel
1324 Cannon Island Drive
Sitka, Alaska, 99835, USA
The 250th sent
Battalion to Sitka, Kodiak and to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
I was in Sitka June to October 1941.
Smaller units were in Seward and Anchorage.
We were all
returned to the U.S. for retraining the Summer of 1944 and trained for
Field Artillery. Three Battalions were formed from the Regiment, which
was oversized: the 529th, 534th, and the 535th Field Artillery
Battalions. We were armed
with 8" Howitzers.
The 535th was sent to Germany
and saw action during the battle of the Rose Pocket, [Ruhr] I was in
535th as a radio operator in the Headquarters Battery.
The other two Battalions went
To All Former 250th CA Members and Families:
The entire 1941 yearbook is available on CD. Just
send me your mailing address and name and I will send you one.
I really appreciated the article on the history of Camp McQuaide.
We in the Coast Defense Study Group (CDSG) could use more members
that write about coast artillery history. You may want to visit the
. Keep up the good
John D. Bennett
Member #628, CDSG
Tue, 10 Dec 2002
Walter found some pictures of his guns at
Makhnati Island in Sitka.
Fort Rousseau, Sitka, Alaska, during construction in WW2.
One in the turrent is a 6 inch gun.
A 155mm gun.
This site has more information than this quoted
Coast Artillery Regiment (First California)
Rien Apas Beau
(Nothing Is In Vain)
- Headquartered in San Francisco. All elements
the City of San Francisco.
- WAR TIME SERVICE
- Mobilized in September 1940 at San Francisco
and arrived at Camp McQuaide in Watsonville later that same month.
Served in Alaska from September 1941 until March 1944 when it returned
to the United States. In May 1944 the regiment was converted to Field
Artillery and Headquarters Battery, 250th Coast Artillery Regiment
became the Headquarters Battery, 250th Field Artillery Group. The 1st,
and 3d Battalions became the 535th, 536th and 537th Field Artillery
Battalions. The 537th later became the 537th Chemical Mortar Battalion.
The Headquarters Battery inactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. The
535th was inactivated at Camp Shanks, New York, while the 536th was
inactivated in Italy. The Headquarters Battery and both battalions were
in November 1945. 537th inactivated at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma in
- CAMPAIGN HONORS
- 535th Field Artillery Battalion
- Central Europe
August 1945 Location: Mulchen Gladbeck, Germany
- 536th Field Artillery Battalion
- Northern Apeinnines
August 1945 Location: Rosa, Italy
- 537th Chemical Mortar Battalion
August 1945 Location: Camp Gruber, Oklahoma
- Headquarters Battery, 250th Field Artillery
- August 1945 Location: Frankenforde, Germany