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CHART OF THE PITTSBURGH AIR DEFENSE

by Thomas Koedel

1952 1967

I. 1952 1955
3 RA 90 mm Gun Battalions
74th AAA Bn
(operational 13 June 52)
HQ & Btty A West View
Btty B Schramms/McKnight
Btty C Etna (Shaler)
Btty D Blawnox Prison Farm
701st AAA Bn
(operational 1 Feb 53)
Btty A Frick Park
Btty B Kennywood Park
HQ & Btty C South Park
Btty D Brentwood
509th AAA Bn
(operational 1 Dec 52)
HQ & Btty A Moon Run
Btty B Bridgeville
Btty C Heidelburg
Btty D Kennedy
II. December 1956
3 RA Nike-Ajax Bns, 1 RA and 2 ARNG 90mm Gun Bns
1st AAA Missile Bn
A Monroeville (PI-25)
B Herminie (PI-37)
HQ & C Irwin (PI-36)
D Elizabeth (PI-42)
74th AAA Missile Bn
HQ & A West View (PI-93)
B North Park (PI-92)
C Dorseyville (PI_03)
D Rural Ridge (PI-02)
509th AAA Missile Bn
A Coraopolis (PI-71)
B Bridgeville (PI-62)
HQ & C Finleyville (PI-52)
D Elrama (PI-43)
701st AAA Gun Bn (RA)
A Greensburg Pike
B Kennywood Park
HQ & C South Park
D Brentwood
708th AAA Gun Bn (ARNG)
HQ & A West View (PI-93)
B Schramms/McKnight
C Etna (Shaler)
D Blawnox Prison Farm
724th AAA Gun Bn (ARNG)
HQ & A Moon Run
B Bridgeville
C Heidelburg
D Kennedy
III. January 1959
3 RA Missile Bns
1st AAA Missile Bn
A Monroeville (Ajax)
B Herminie (Herc/Ajax)
HQ & C Irwin (Herc/Ajax)
D Elizabeth (Ajax)
74th AAA Missile Bn
HQ & A West View (Herc/Ajax)
B North Park (Ajax)
C Dorseyville (Herc/Ajax)
D Rural Ridge (Ajax)
509th AAA Missile Bn
A Coraopolis (Herc/Ajax)
B Bridgeville (Ajax)
HQ & C Finleyville(Ajax)
D Elrama (Herc/Ajax)
All three gun battalions were deactivated in October 1957
IV. December 1959
2 RA Missile Bns, 2 PARNG Missile Bns
3rd Missile Bn, 1st Artillery
A Monroeville (Ajax)
B Herminie (Herc/Ajax)
HQ & C Irwin (Herc/Ajax)
D Elrama (Herc/Ajax)
5th Missile Bn, 3rd Artillery
HQ & A West View (Herc/Ajax)
B Coraopolis (Herc/Ajax)
C Dorseyville (Herc/Ajax)
D Finleyville (Ajax)
1st Bn (Nike/Ajax), 176th Arty PARNG
A North Park (Ajax)
B Rural Ridge (Ajax)
2nd Bn (Nike/Ajax) 176th Arty PARNG
A Bridgeville (Ajax)
B - Elizabeth (Ajax)
V. 1967
1 RA Missile Bn and 1 PARNG Missile Bn
3rd Battalion 1st Artillery
B Herminie (Hercules)
HQ & C Irwin (Hercules)
D Elrama (Hercules)
2nd Battalion 176th Artillery
HQ 826 Crane Avenue Pittsburgh
A West View (Ajax/Hercules)
B Coraopolis (Ajax/Hercules)
C Dorseyville (Ajax/Hercules)

From its inception in 1952, Pittsburgh was protected by 90 mm anti aircraft guns. Originally the plan called for two (2) battalions of four (4) batteries each. Before the first units were deployed it became apparent that two battalions were not sufficient and an additional battalion was added. While permanent units were being formed, the original sites were manned by soldiers of the New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

FIRST ON THE SCENE

Initial deployment of military personnel consisted of the 209th AAA Group, 105th AA Operations Detachment and the 102nd AAA Gun Battalion; all were New York Army National Guard units from the Buffalo and Batavia, NY area.

The 182nd AAA Gun Battalion was a unit of the Ohio Army National Guard from the Dayton area.

The 708th AAA Gun Battalion was a Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit.

These units were to man the sites until regular Army units could be formed.