Detroit - Cleveland
|Unit:||4/55 - 9/58, Battery A, 85th USA
9/58 - 12/60, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 55th USA
|Activation Date:||April 1955|
|De-activation Date:||December 1960|
|IFC Area:||The IFC resided within Alfred Brush Ford Park (also known
as Ford Brush Park) at the foot of Lenox Ave.
GPS: +42° 21' 24", -82° 56' 28"
|Launch Area:||Shared Double Launch area with D-26. Located on Belle
Isle, south of Blue Heron Lagoon, East side of Lakeside Drive
GPS: +42° 20' 43", -82° 57' 20"
|Magazine(s):||2 type B|
|Current Status:||All land reverted to the city and it was returned to Alfred Brush Ford Park. Nothing remains of the IFC except the MTR and TTR towers.|
|Comments:||The title of this site has lead may a person on a wild goose chase. The IFC actually shared a double launch site with D-26. D-23 IFC and D-26 IFC were on the Detroit side of the Detroit River within 1500 feet of each other.|
There have been many discussions as to the origin of D-23's name. This map image found by Ken Dunlap sheds llight on the probable reason. While not the exact location of D-23 IFC, I can under stand why now. It is also possible that the locations of D-23 IFC and D-26 IFC have been reversed which would then fit.
D-23/26 as it appeared in 1961.
D-23/26 Launcher Area as seen in 1961.
D-23 and D-26 IFC's as seen in 1961.
D-23 IFC area as seen in 1961.
|The MTR tower at the location of the D-23 IFC. This and the TTR tower are all that are left. 35k.|
|A closeup of the MTR tower. 37k.|
|Another view of the MTR tower. 21k,|
|The TTR tower. 22k.|
|Another view of the TTR tower. 20k.|
|Army Corps of Engineers blueprint of the land allocation for D-23 IFC. 457k PDF file.|
|Army Corps of Engineers blueprint of the land allocation for D-23/D-26 Shared Launch area. 407k PDF file.|
|Memo documenting the personnel assignments for Emergency Equipment Maintenance for all Detroit Nike Sites. Contributed by Linda Klais. 395k|
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