Category Archives: Coastside WWII

Coastside WWII: "In the first part of 1942, 'G-Men' came to our home in Moss Beach."

Elaine Martini Teixeira says: Sometime in the first part of 1942, before my brother left for service in the US Army in October, government men came to our home in Moss Beach. My brother, Raymond Martini, recalls they showed some … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: On the Wrong Side of Main Street

By June Morrall I wrote this shocking story in 2003. During WWII, Half Moon Bay’s Main Street, and everything to the west, including the beaches, was off-limits to those folks without citizenship papers It was a frightening time on the … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: Lifting the Veil of Military Secrecy/The End of Hostilities

From the Half Moon Bay Review, 1945, an article celebrating the end of hostilities. “Japanese capitulation, ending World War II, has lifted the wall of military secrecy on San Mateo County’s magnificent contribution to the fighting machine of America and … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: The War Ends; the Military Closes Down, Secrecy Remains

With the war finally over in 1945, the cloak of miitary secrecy which smothered the Coastside during the war was finally lifted, and some information was leaked to the local newspaper. It was as if a signal was given; the … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: Navy Abandons Air Strip: "One of the 'secret' installations"

From the Half Moon Bay Review The year was 1945 “Mills field navy installations totaling $5,000,000 are to be turned over to San Francisco and 85 acres of the property will be promptly leased to Pan American Airways as its … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: Japanese Home Burns near Pescadero

January 1945 From the Half Moon Bay Review “A Japanese-owned home, barn, tool shed and farm equipment on a hilltop between Pescadero and the new coast highway were destroyed recently by a mysterious fire, it became known Friday. “The place … Continue reading

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Contemplating Coastside WWII (in the "Magic Forest," Moss Beach)

What’s interesting to me is that there are so few stories about the military presence between the years 1942 and 454. Those two years are the silent years, the secret years, the years of self-censorship. In addition to the self-censorship, … Continue reading

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