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Naval Presence in Key West

When WWII broke out, the Navy stationed here in Key West increased its presence from 50 acres to 3, 000 acres! This included all of Boca Chica Key and the construction of Fleming Key. Luckily, the naval presence in Key West also allowed the Navy to construct the first freshwater pipeline that covered all of the keys and supplied freshwater to all of the Naval bases. At the most there were 15, 000 military persons and 3, 4000 civilians at the bases!

Key West's Naval Symbol

Key West’s Naval Symbol

 

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