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Check Six: Fort Ruger

June 9, 2019

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Fort Ruger, 1932 | click to enlarge

In January 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt instructed Secretary of War William H. Taft to convene the National Coast Defense Board (Taft Board) “to consider and report upon the coast defenses of the United States and the insular possessions (including Hawai‘i.)”

In 1906 the Taft Board recommended a system of Coast Artillery batteries to protect Pearl Harbor and Honolulu.

Between 1909-1921, the Hawaiian Coast Artillery Command had its headquarters at Fort Ruger and defenses included artillery regiments stationed at Fort Armstrong, Fort Barrette, Fort DeRussy, Diamond Head, Fort Kamehameha, Kuwa‘aohe Military Reservation (Fort Hase – later known as Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi) and Fort Weaver.

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When you enlarge the photograph, you can see the Diamond Head Mortuary, large lighter area. 

Diamond Head Mortuary in partnership with Williams Funeral Services has been proudly providing funeral services on Oahu for generations.  Diamond Head Mortuary carries on the tradition that started with the establishment of Williams Funeral Services in 1859, making it the oldest funeral service provider in Hawaii. (from the Diamond Head Mortuary website)

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