Fort Emory

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Fort Emory (1942-1950) - Established as a World War II sub post of Fort Rosecrans in San Diego County, California. Named in G.O. 67, 14 Dec 1942, for Brigadier General William H. Emory, USA (Cullum 642). Deactivated 31 Jan 1947, declared surplus 1 Mar 1948 and transferred to the Navy in 1950. Now an active Navy installation.

Fort Emory Building Foundations, Elephant Cage Intercept Antenna in the Background

World War II (1941-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of San Diego. Established during World War II to house two fixed coastal gun batteries, one with two 16" guns and one with two 6" guns. A temporary 155mm four gun battery was emplaced along the shore during the construction of the main batteries. A 90mm AMTB battery was also emplaced to provide protection against small fast motor torpedo boats and aircraft attacks. The 16" battery construction was terminated before it was completed as the war drew to a close. It was never armed. The 6" gun battery was completed in 1943 and accepted for service in 1946 after the war was over.

Fort Emory World War II Battery (edit list)
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery 134
Battery Gatchell
2 16" Casemated Barbette 1943-1944-1944-NC
Transferred incomplete
$ 1,044,907 Not Armed
LR Navy Guns
Battery 239
Battery Grant
2 6" Barbette with Shield 1942-1943-1944-1946 $ 218,852
Battery 155 - Imperial 4 155mm Panama Mount 1941-1942-1942-194? $ 19,102
Battery AMTB - Cortez 2 90mm Fixed Pedestal 1943-1943-1943-1946 $ 19,600 Coronado Beach MR
Source: CDSG

Current Status

Active U.S. Navy facility. No public access. The two fixed batteries and the PSR bunker have been repurposed by the Navy and are in use. All of the other World War II buildings have been removed. A cold war elephant cage intercept antenna is in place but scheduled for removal.

Location: Naval Receiving Facility, Imperial Beach, San Diego County, California

Maps & Images

Lat: 32.599444 Long: -117.128056

See Also:


  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 67
  • Thompson, Erwin N., The Guns Of San Diego: San Diego Harbor Defenses, 1796-1947, Historic Resource Study: Cabrillo National Monument, 1991, San Diego NPS, NPS Online Books


Visited: 3 Oct 2014

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