The first troops to arrive were from the 54th Coastal Artillery, the Army’s only all Black 155mm unit. In the summer of 1943, four German Marines were captured on the beach at Fort Fisher. Following the war, the fort was used as a rocket launching test site. Contact 910-458-5538.
The Fort Fisher State Historical Site, Cape Fear, North Carolina, will serve as a backdrop for the 54th Coastal Artillery World War II reunion, September 24-26, 1999. Fort Fisher’s history is a colorful one. Active during the Civil War, it later served as a World War II US Army training center.