Detroit - Cleveland

Defense Area

Site D-17 - Algonac/Marine City

Unit: 6/57 - 1958, Battery D, 18th USA
1958 - 9/58, Battery D, 516th USA
9/58 - 11/59, Battery D, 3rd Battalion, 517th USA
11/59 - 2/63, Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 177th MIARNG
Activation Date: June 1957
De-activation Date: February 1963
IFC Area: North side of Shortcut Road, west of McKinley Rd. (location updated by Robert Senkmajer)
GPS: 42.694126, -82.562563
Launch Area: South side of Shortcut Road, east of McKinley Rd. (location updated by Robert Senkmajer)
GPS: 42.69406278297335, -82.56256518564513
Radar(s): LOPAR
Missiles: 30 Ajax
Magazine(s): 1 type B, 2 type C
Launchers: 12 Ajax
Current Status:
Comments: Launcher Area is scheduled to be demolished this year.  Corps of Engineers has offered to let me inspect the pits after the water is pumped out before they are destroyed.  As of July 8th the IFC except for two bldgs (one I believe to be the radar corridor) and the original flag pole, is completely gone. Someone purchased the property and built a home on it. The two bldgs that remain are way in the back of the site. All radar towers are also gone. The grounds are being prepped for perhaps sod or seeding.

D-17 as it appeared in 1961.

D-17 Launcher Area as it appeared in 1961.

D-17 IFC as it appeared in 1961.

Looking North toward the radar towers in 1961. TTR tower is to the left, LOPAR antenna is in the center, MTR to the right. Contributed by Bill Vorgitch. 126k
Here's one from the TTR tower, looking South at the mess hall and barracks. Contributed by Bill Vorgitch. 85k
Memo documenting the personnel assignments for Emergency Equipment Maintenance for all Detroit Nike Sites. Contributed by Linda Klais. 395k


Formerly Used Defense Sites Public Geographic Information System

Property Name:


Latitude: 42° 40' 58" N
Longitude: 82° 33' 55" W
County: ST CLAIR
State: MI 
Corps Geographic Office: Louisville District (LRL) 
Point of Contact: LRL Public Affairs Office 
Public Affairs Office
Phone Number:
Status on National
Priorities List:
Not Listed 
EPA Region: 5
Congressional District: 10
Restoration Advisory
Board Available:
Property Description
consisted of 30.89 acres
Property History
Used as a nike missile battery and later as an Army Reserve Center
Current Ownership Types(s): PRIVATE
Cost to Complete (thousands): $323.14

(Information courtesy of Mike Denja)

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