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Fort Miley: Battery Loren H. Call
 
 
Battery Loren H. Call was built for the 5 inch M1900 guns mounted on M1903 pedestal mounts removed from Battery Ledyard, Fort McDowell, during the Japanese scare of 1914-1915. It was completed in 1916 and decommissioned in 1921. Battery Call was disarmed in 1921, the guns sent to Watervliet Arsenal. The carriages were dismounted scrapped and sold to a John W. Smith of San Francisco sometime thereafter.
 
The battery was named for aviation pioneer First Lieutenant Loren H. Call who was killed in an airplane crash at Texas City, TX on 9 July 1913. The emplacement was destroyed by subsequent construction for the Veterans Hospital.
 
 
 
Layout of Battery Loren H. Call
 
Drawings courtesy of Mark Berhow

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