Country: United States Region: CA
Latitude: 34° 22' 46" N Longitude: -119° 50' 52" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed
Grid 34°22'47.46"N 118° 9'9.27"W Former Nike site LA-04 Mt Gleason 1956-1974
LA was defended by 16 Nike sites. Hq sites were located at Signal Hill, Long Beach, Fort MacArthur, and at the Birmingham Army Hospital. As indicated by the number of sites, Los Angeles, with its aerospace industries, received extensive air defenses.
Units: 1st Missile Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery, later 4th Missile Battalion, 65th Air Defense Artillery.
The LA-40 and LA-43 Nike sites were manned by the 720th AAA Missile Battalion California Army NG. Eventually, California NG units assumed responsibilities for manning the other sites.
Air-Defense Command Post (ADCP) LA-45DC was at San Pedro Hill AFS, CA for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was initially an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master Radar Direction Center. It was later equipped with the AN/TSQ-51 "Missile Mentor" solid-state computer system.
LA-45DC was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network.
The other locations of Nike sites defending the Los Angeles area were at grid:
LA-09 Mt Disappointment 34°16′42″N 118°04′32″W
LA-14 El Monte 34°02′37″N 118°03′32″W
LA-29 Puente Hill 33°57′34″N 117°53′10″W
LA-32 Garden Grove 33°47′32″N 118°00′10″W
LA-40 Long Beach Airpt 33°48′32″N 118°08′26″W
LA-43 Ft McArthur 33°43′00″N 118°18′51″W
LA-55 Point Vincente 33°44′42″N 118°24′18″
LA-57 Redondo Bch 33°49′45″N 118°22′27″W
LA-70/LA-73 Hyperion 33°57′08″N 118°26′18W
LA-78 Malibu 34°03′35″N 118°38′46″W
LA-88 Oat Mtn 34°18′41″N 118°36′31W
LA-94 Newhall 34°20′55″N 118°24′29″W
LA-96 Lake Balboa 34°07′43″N 118°30′46″W
LA-98 Magic Mtn 34°23′11″N 118°19′45″W
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