Blunts Point Battery

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Blunts Point Naval Gun
Blunts Point Battery - American Samoa - 1986.jpg
Nearest city Pago Pago, American Samoa
Coordinates 14°17′08″S 170°40′37″W / 14.285417°S 170.676947°W / -14.285417; -170.676947Coordinates: 14°17′08″S 170°40′37″W / 14.285417°S 170.676947°W / -14.285417; -170.676947
Built 1942
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 73002128
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 26, 1973[1]
Designated NHL May 28, 1987[2]

The Blunts Point Battery, also known as Blunts Point Naval Gun or Matautu Ridge Gun Site, is a gun battery on Matautu Ridge near Pago Pago, American Samoa. It was part of the fortification of the Samoan Islands which took place after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and is a rare example of a World War II Pacific coastal gun which remains in relatively pristine condition. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.[2][3]

Description and history[edit]

Blunts Point is a projection on the west side of the mouth of Pago Pago Harbor, on the south side of the island of Tutuila, southeast of the village of Utulei. Two six-inch naval guns are mounted at a point about 200 feet (61 m) above sea level, at this point, which has a commanding view of the harbor entrance. The guns are mounted in circular concrete structures with a parapet about 4 feet (1.2 m) high around the outside. A short way below the emplacement is a magazine which is built into the hillside.[3] The battery has recently[when?] been restored and is in good condition.[citation needed] It is accessible to the public via a moderately difficult hiking trail.

The tensions of World War II prompted the United States government to begin fortifying American Samoa in 1940. United States Marines installed the two guns at Blunts Point, and another two on the east side of the harbor at Breakers Point. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the capture of Guam shortly thereafter, American Samoa became of critical importance as the only major American base in the western Pacific, and it was further fortified in anticipation of attack. Although no attack ever came, American Samoa was a critical supply and training point for American military actions in the Pacific.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Blunts Point Battery". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c Erwin N. Thompson (1986-06-26). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: American Samoa's Defenses: Blunts Point Battery / Blunts Point Battery" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying five photos, from 1986 PDF (32 KB)