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The 120-ton gun was designed to protect naval bases and shipyards in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
Credit: USFWS

Gun barrel travels to Eastern Shore refuge

A 68-foot World War II gun barrel will travel to its permanent display site on April 1, at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge in Cape Charles. The 50-caliber Mark VII gun barrel (#393) was on the U.S.S. Missouri at the time of the signing of the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. The barrel’s journey to the Eastern Shore of Virginia began one year ago, when it left St. Julien’s Creek Navy Yard, was loaded on a rail car in Little Creek and transported to Cape Charles on the Bay Coast Rail Barge.  It arrived in Cape Charles on April 3, 2012, where it has been waiting to complete the trip to the refuge.  Once at the refuge, the barrel will be restored. 

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Published on: Monday, April 01,2013

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