Alpha Battery as it looks in 2013
Alpha battery under construction. Still have tents.
Alpha Battery site was named the "Lt Eckwood Solomon HAWK missile site". The naming of all Key West HAWK missile sites, commemorated by a bronze plaque outside the ready building, were in honor of Key West citizens killed in Vietnam. Lt. Lolomon, was killed near Pleiku, July 27, 1966. solomon was born in Key West in 1940 and entered the Army in 1959. He was the first American to attend the Philippines Military Academy where he waas an honor graduate as well as number one in his class upon completion of OCS, Fort Sill, OK. Lt. Solomon was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device for his actions on the battlefield.
Original construction drawings of Alpha battery circa 1964
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|The Alpha Battery tac site is now home to the US Army Special Forces underwater operations school. Notice the "footprint" of the old HAWK site is still noticeable. The refurbished Ready Building is at the lower right of the photo and a remodeled Generator Shed is visible|
|Photos of how the Tac Site looks now (June 2003)|
|Fred Furtado memories of arriving with the lead elememt of HAWK:
"In 1962, I was a very young PFC stationed with the 65th Artillery Hawk ÒAÓ Battery located on Fleming Key. When we arrived the only thing on that tiny island was a few large ammo bunkers, crabs, and scorpions. No buildings, water etc.
|Click on the camera to view the photo album of Fred Furtado and Alpha Battery arriving in Key West 1962|
|Click on the camera to view the photo album of Dana McKinzie featuring Alpha Battery May - December 1966|