Nike Missile Site W-35 is located in Upper Marlboro, MD at 38°46′11″N 076°43′51″W.
Here is a Google Earth file containing W-35’s location: http://www.theurbanhistorians.com/Uploads/KMZ/Nike/W-35.kmz
W-35 was a Nike missile site in Croom, Maryland, and was operational from November, 1954 to March, 1963. It covered the Washington-Baltimore Defense Area, and housed missile type 2B/20A/8L-A. Using the key below, W-35 held 2x underground Ajax or Hercules magazines (2B), 20 Ajax missiles (20A), and 8 Ajax Launchers (8L-A).
The land is owned by Croom Vocational High School/Prince George’s County Public School. The IFC location has been completely razed, and currently houses Croom Vocational High School.
Units stationed (all are regular Army except the 70th, which is MDArNG):
- 11/1954 – 09/1958
- Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 75th Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion (AAMBn), 19th AAA Group, 35th AAA Brigade
- B Battery, 75th AAMBn, 19th AAA Group, 35th AAA Brigade
- 09/1958 – 06/1960
- Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 562nd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment
- B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 562nd ADA Regiment
- 06/1960 – 03/1963
- B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 70th AAA Battalion, 19th AAA Group, 35th AAA Brigade
Nike Missile Type Key (From TheMilitaryStandard.com):
Missile Storage: C=Ajax only, original design B=Ajax or Hercules, some modifications were required for the elevator to handle the Hercules launcher. D= Either, increased access room in the magazine
Missile Launcher: A=Ajax AA=Double Ajax launchers AG=Above Ground H=Hercules L=Launcher K=Unoffical designation for Alaskan above ground launchers U=Universal launcher UA=1/2 Universal and 1/2 Ajax launchers UU=Double Universal launchers
Note: Launchers converted to Hercules are given in parentheses, e.g. (8L-H)