|BATTERY RAMSAY||No. Guns||Cal.||Type||Troop||Range Yards|
Battery Ramsay was constructed between
1907 and 1911 at a cost of $99, 536 and named in honor of 1st Lt.
Charles R. Ramsay, 21st U.S. Infantry, who died 13 July, 1901 of wounds
received in action near Lipa, Batangas.
Armament was three 6-inch (152.4 mm) M1905 guns on M 1905 Disappearing Carriages. At a maximum firing elevation of 15 degrees these guns could fire a 105 lb (47.7 kg) shell propelled by a 37 lb (16.8 kg) bagged charge to slightly over 8 miles (12.9 km). Rate of fire was better than 2 rounds per minute, and field of fire was 220 degrees.
Facing roughly southeast into Manila Bay, the guns did not have sufficient range to reach the opposite shore so were unmanned and never fired in 1941-1942. Its magazines were used for ammunition storage and shelter for the men of the anti-aircraft Battery Hartford, which was emplaced in front of the battery.
In April 1942, Ramsay was damaged by heavy shelling from Bataan in an effort to put Hartford out of action. American POW's subsequently stripped parts from Battery Morrison to restore the guns to service. In early 1945 its two magazines blew up when hit by American bombs, leaving two deep craters. The explosion blew No. 1 gun and carriage bodily out of the emplacement, No. 2 was demolished and covered by concrete at the bottom of a 25 foot (7.62 m) crater and No. 3 was damaged beyond repair.
Nos 1 and 3 guns and carriages only remain on site; No. 3 has since suffered at the hands of scrappers, who have stolen a sizeable proportion of the gun barrel. The spare barrel is also missing, whereabouts unknown, likely stolen by scrapper vermin.
GUN No. 1: Watervliet No. 2, built 1908;
carriage Bethlehem No. 10, built 1907.
GUN No. 2: Watervliet No. 4, built 1908; carriage Watertown No. 9 built 1907.
GUN No. 3: Watervliet No. 33, built 1908; carriage Bethlehem No. 10, built 1908.
Spare Gun: Serial No. 28, no data on manufacturing currently available.
Al McGrew, member of H-60th CA (AA), one of our regular website contributors, manned a machine gun sited immediately in front of the No. 1 gun, and has contributed a plan of the battery. He also writes of his experiences there in Corregidor 1941, Refer also to Captain Starr's Battery Commander's Narrative Report for the history of H-60th CA (AA).