Category Archives: WWII

Coastside WWII: All the way south to Davenport

Special thanks to John Vonderlin (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) for the following post. From: Coast Dairies Property: A Land Use History, click here “The Davenport cement plant (it became Pacific Cement and Aggregates in 1956, Lonestar Cement Corporation in 1965 and RMC Pacific … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: South Coast Tunnels

Bobbi Ballard Pimentel remembers: My Dad, Robert (Bob) Ballard was born in Pescadero along with 11 other brothers and sisters….he took me to the tunnels on several occasions and told me that they were used to store guns and ammunition … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: Camp Miramar

When I first landed on the Coastside, and became intrigued with local history, I met with Louie Miguel, whose father, Joseph, was one of the masterminds behind the spectacular Palace Miramar Hotel. Louie offered good background info and also talked … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: WASP Searches For Summer of 1944

(Photo at right: Shirley Thackara in the PQ14 at the Moss Beach military airstrip) Former Air Force Service Pilot Shirley Thackara returned to the Coastside in 1993 to reclaim WWII memories of flying PQ14s, tiny planes, so tiny only one … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: "We did see lots of convoys, army trucks," says Elaine Martini Teixeira,

a child at the time. Elaine lived with her family in Moss Beach near Sunshine Valley Road (the lovely “connector” road between Montara and Moss Beach.) Dad owned a bar frequented by the sailors at the nearby naval station. Mom … Continue reading

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WWII WASP Searches for Summer of 1944

(Photo at right: Shirley Thackara in the PQ14 at the Moss Beach military airstrip) Former Air Force Service Pilot Shirley Thackara returned to the Coastside in 1993 to reclaim WWII memories of flying PQ14s, tiny planes, so tiny only one … Continue reading

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It Wasn't Easy Being An Italian on the Coastside During WWII

In an earlier post, Ernie Alves (“Our Cows are Outstanding in Their Field”) hinted at the devastating effect of WWII on Coastsiders–especially Germans and Italians without citizenship papers–who were prohibited after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor from living or … Continue reading

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