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Leitchfield Armory

Leitchfield Armory
A Brief History of the Kentucky National Guard In Leitchfield

The National Guard unit in Leitchfield is only ten years old. The current armory is the only armory ever constructed in the city.

"In October 1988, the Governor approved the stationing of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 123rd Armor in Leitchfield, Kentucky. The unit was officially activated on December 1, 1989, however, recruiting personnel were stationed in the county a year earlier. The recruiters occupied space in the Grayson County Courthouse made available by County Judge Executive Glenn Tilford and the Fiscal Court. In May 1989, the former Leitchfield Medical Center building on West Market Street was leased by the Commonwealth to serve as the temporary home of the unit."

The Guard unit at Leitchfield has been activated for flood duty (1997), snow removal (1994), and for other state active duty missions. Due to the lack of a drill hall, fewer community activities take place at the armory than might take place in other cities. However, the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and Jaycees all use the building for meetings and award ceremonies. Due to the newness of the unit, it has never participated in overseas missions such as Desert Storm.

About The Leitchfield National Guard Armory
Leitchfield Armory
Leitchfield Armory

The building was completed in 1993, and is a one-story modern brick building on a concrete slab foundation. The armory at Leitchfield is one of three identical armories in the state. The others are located at Brandenburg and Shelbyville. The building is laid out in an L-shape with one large room that can be divided into three classrooms by a moveable partition. Offices and storage space make up most of the rest of the building.

Credits

Photos and information courtesy Kentucky Heritage Council -- Report No. 25" Inventory and Evaluation of National Guard Armories in the State of Kentucky" - 1999 by Kate Carothers.

 

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