Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Camp Forrest ~ Spencer Artillery Range



Marker ID: THC 2C 25
Location: on Tennessee Route 111, Spencer, TN
County: VanBuren
Coordinates: N 35° 35.222    W 085° 28.219
  35.58703333    -85.47031666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Camp Forrest
Spencer Artillery Range

— ca. 1941-1946 —


In January 1941, the Army began construction of the 30,617-acre Spencer Artillery Range as an annex of Camp Forrest. Intended as a firing range for heavy artillery, it was utilized by other units, including infantry. The 2nd Ranger Battalion practiced rappelling and bluff scaling here on the Rocky River Gulf. During the D-Day invasion, that same battalion scaled the bluffs at Point du Hoc near Omaha Beach in Normandy.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.