4th Missile Bn
517th Artillery
Canal Zone

Battery C, Flamenco Island


Battery C was quartered at the site of the former coastal artillery Fort Grant (attached to Ft. Amador via a causeway) on Flamenco Island in the Bay of Panama.  Battery C Hawks were sited atop the hill at the location of Battery Warren, a former coastal artillery emplacement that sited 14" rifles.  Other C Battery areas were constructed on the former coastal artillery sites of Batteries Merritt, Prince and Carr, that emplaced 12" mortars.

'Charlie' Battery was a missile battery equipped with Raytheon's Hawk Missiles.  Its mission was to engage aircraft at medium altitudes.


Battery C Date Unknown

Battery C, Date Unknown


Battery C tactical evaluation exercise at Cerro Gordo, C.Z. in 1962.  Left to right: Maj. A.L. Lewis S3, Capt. E.S. Gregory S2, Ltc. F.S. Bailey Bn Co and Capt. Kindick Asst. S3.  Ltc. Bailey was unhappy with the battery's performance. (Col. L. Lewis, Ret.)


1960 Official US Army Photo
Rich Thestrup pulling cable, Sgt Mikloczak and PFC Roger Krug in the background.


Battery C, Ft. Grant, Flamenco Island
These 1965 Battery C photos were taken by Sp4 Rick Doninelli, 134th Ordnance Detachment. 

Causeway To Ft. Amador As Seen From Battery C Tach. Site, Flamenco Island.

Missiles at Battery C

Entrance To Battery C Formerly Coastal Artillery Battery Merritt

Sp5 Chuck Connor (left) At Battery C, Illuminator Radar

Battery C Hawks At Site Of Former Coastal Artillery Fort Grant's Battery Warren


Battery C Photos
By Sp5 John Morgan 1966-69


Woodrow Christmas
SP5 1966-1968