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New Smyrna Beach, Florida: Watch and Warn WWII Monument

"Watch and Warn: No Plane, be it Friend or Foe, must pass Unchallenged." It was unveiled only six months after the start of WWII.

303 Columbus Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL
On the south side of Columbus Ave. just east of S. Pine St.
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AWS Observers monument.

Watch and Warn WWII Monument

Very interesting historical monument. At its peak, the AWS (Aircraft Warning Service) had over 750,000 volunteers nationwide, made up mostly of women and young men too young to enlist. They received specialized aircraft identification training, and utilized hand crank telephones to check in and report any sightings.

Also at the site are the upper brick edges of two cisterns that were recently discovered, that would have had a top mounted pump house used to pump water up into the water tower.

[Luv2RV, 03/04/2023]
Watch and Warn Air Warning Service Monument

The monument is dedicated to an all-volunteer civilian service who watched for enemy aircraft during World War II from a watchtower mounted in the lowest framework of a nearby water tower. The names of the volunteers are engraved around the monument base, which was dedicated in May 1942 by the American Red Cross Motor Corps and re-dedicated in May 2017, its 75th anniversary. There is also a tablet telling the history of Turtle Mound.

[Lacenda Phillips, 03/05/2019]

"Watch and Warn: No Plane, be it Friend or Foe, must pass Unchallenged." It was unveiled only six months after the start of the war, which may make it the oldest WWI monument in the U.S.

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