May 2009 Te Coast Defense Journal Page 5
1st Coast Artillery (HD) Regiment
Constituted 2-27-24, organized 7-1-24 in CD Cristobal by redesignating 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th,10th, & 11th Cos, CAC. On 7-1-24, HHB & Band activated at Ft. DeLesseps and Btrys E & G at Ft.Randolph. Btrys A, B, C, D, & F were inactive. Btrys H & I constituted 4-22-29. 3rd Bn inactivated6-1-31 at Ft. Randolph.Btrys A, B, C, D, F, & H activated 3-17-32 with personnel rom 2nd CA (HD) and 65th CA (AA). HHB and 1st Bn garrisoned Ft. Randolph; 2nd Bn activated at Ft. Sherman 4-15-32. 1st Bnserved as AA and 2nd Bn as HD Bn. HHB changed station to Ft. Sherman 2-15-40.Regiment reorganized as HD regt 10-26-39. 1st Bn provided cadre or organization o 72nd CA (AA) Regiment at Ft. Randolph 11-1-39. 3rd Bn reactivated 3-15-40 at Ft. Randolph. 1st CA (HD)reorganized as type-A regiment 11-1-40. 1st and 2nd Bns & Btry E inactivated 3-30-41 and reac-tivated 4-17-42. Reorganized 4-1-42 and 10-4-43 during WWII and various batteries detached toHonduras and Galapagos Islands.Inactivated 10-3-44. Some personnel transerred to CONUS or reassignment, remainder reas-signed 1st CA (HD) Bn in PCZ.
2nd Coast Artillery (HD) Regiment
Constituted 2-27-24, organized 7-1-24 by redesignating 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th,21st, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th Cos, CAC, at Ft. Sherman. HHB, HHB 2nd Bn and Btrys E, G, & H ac-tive. 4th Bn constituted 4-22-29 as an inactive component.Inactivated 4-15-32 at Ft. Sherman and transerred, less personnel and equipment, to Ft. Monroe.Personnel transerred to 1st CA. HHB, Band, and Btrys C & H, 2nd CA, reactivated at Ft. Monroe5-1-32 with personnel rom inactivated 12th CA. Btry A reactivated 9-1-35, Btrys B & D on 11-1-38,and Btry F on 2-1-40.HHBs 1st & 2nd Bns activated 8-1-40; HHB 3rd Bn activated 4-30-42. Btrys H, I, & N activatedFt. Monroe 4-30-42. Battery K activated at Ft. Moultrie with personnel and equipment o Btry D,263rd CA. Btry H sent to Ft. Macon July 1942. In September, Btry K and one platoon rom Btry Nassigned to Ft. Macon.
In 1942 batteries rom 2nd Bn posted at Fts. Moultrie, Monroe, & Macon, andat Little Creek Mine Base, VA. Regiment changed rom type-A to type-C 4-21-42. Batteries at HDBeauort manned the 5-inch gun battery on Cape Lookout and Ft. Macon’s 6-inch guns.In March 1944, regiment reduced to two battalions. HHB and Btrys A, B, C, G, H, & I redes-ignated 2nd CA (HD) Bn; Btrys D, E, F, K, & N assigned to 175th CA (HD) Bn and remainingcomponents inactivated. On 4-1-45, 2nd & 175th CA Bns were inactivated and selected elementsredesignated elements o HD Chesapeake Bay.
3rd Coast Artillery (HD) Regiment
Constituted 2-27-24, organized 7-1-24 by redesignating 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 31st, 34th, &36th Cos, CAC, at Fts. MacArthur, Rosecrans, & Stevens. HHB 1st Bn and Btrys A & B posted at Ft.MacArthur, CA. HHB 2nd Bn and Btry D at Ft. Rosecrans (Btry C inactive), and HHB 3rd Bn andBtry E at Ft. Stevens (Btrys F & G inactive).Btrys A & B inactivated 3-1-30 and HHB reduced to 22-man caretaking detachment at Ft. Mac- Arthur. In 1935, HHB strength increased to 132. Btry A reactivated 7-1-39; Btry F activated at Ft.Stevens 7-1-39.On 2-1-40, Btry D inactivated at Ft. Rosecrans, its personnel reassigned to the 19th CA Regt.Btrys E & F inactivated 2-1-40 and personnel reassigned to 18th CA Regt.