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WWII steel cast pill boxes

 
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syw1759



Joined: 27 May 2012
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Location: Oahu, Hawaii

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: WWII steel cast pill boxes Reply with quote

Aloha,
I am looking for more information on WWII portable steel cast armoured pill boxes in / on Oahu, Hawaii. I have read material in "Fortress America", and a very nice post to a UK Pill box Preservation group by a Mr. J Bennett. I would like to know more information concerning the placement of these steel pill boxes if known. Any information on the inside ( hand crank mechanisim for turret) and if these pill boxes were in fact 9 feet tall. I see a picture of one from the Bennett post in situ ( looks like leeward coast of Oahu ) maybe out by Nanakuli if anyone might know?
I have searched a portion of the Waianiae and ko'olaou region and have found many concreate bunkers of a wide assortment even back into the mountians most seem WWII, one near Waianiae is several stories into the mountian with both WWII and later ( cold war? ) structures.
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Kaneoheboy



Joined: 04 Sep 2007
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Location: Kaneohe, HI

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a microfilmed article at the Library of Hawaii from one of the two daily newspapers (either Advertiser or Star-Bulletin) which stated that the "Blaw-Knox Company" of Pittsburgh, PA was going to build thousands of cast steel pillboxes chiefly for defenses of airfields. The article was printed in early 1941.

There is a static display of a steel pillbox fronting the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki. It does not appear to be much higher than six feet.

Besides the one planted in the ground in Nanakuli, the only other one I examined was located at Dillingham Field, and has since been moved to an undisclosed location.

I have seen photos of one at Midway Atoll, and another at one of the Aleutian Islands. I know that several were emplaced at airfields on the islands of Kauai and Molokai during WWII.

You can contact me off this blog if you would like to discuss other pillboxes found on Oahu.

-John (D. Bennett)
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