Building at Navy Base Shaped Like Swastika

This is an overhead view of a building at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego.

Swastika shaped Navy building

What’s up with the swastika building? The base was formally commissioned in 1944, smack in the middle of World War II. It’s just not possible that the architects didn’t know what they were doing!

Here’s another shot from GlobalSecurity.org, just to show that this isn’t a Photoshop job:

NAB Coronado

Are there other such buildings on American military bases around the world?

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8 responses to “Building at Navy Base Shaped Like Swastika

  1. If you look at the bigger picture, the other two buildings look like fighter planes which are headed to destroy the Nazi symbol.

  2. If you look at the bigger picture, the other two buildings look like 2 eagles (aigles) that’s to
    say the symbol of Germany. Many symbols show the eagle (with the head looking left) and the nazi
    swastika. The head of the eagle of USA is looking rihgt. French Frog

  3. The swastika is a peace and good luck symbol in Asia as well as native american culture. It was classified as racist and hate when Hitler decided to ruin it. I suggest looking at the 45th Infantry Division’s insignia before it was changed in the 30s. (http://images.google.com/images?q=45th+infantry+division&hl=en)

  4. well i think that they should have known not to build a nazi shape building at all on a united states naval base.and even if it means something else in asia where not in asia were in american, and things like that should not be on a base where there are blacks, whites,asians,etc. because you would be amazed on how many people would get affended by just that one building. and especially when they are helping serve and defend the country. so i think that everyone should be able to take a vote and see if they would like to knock it down or to leave it standing.because there defending the country.no and there for could decide if they want it or not.so i just dont under stand why they would build something like that. I mean they had to see the blue prints before it was built.and for all the other people who have saw this it make you wonder if you should go into the military or not.because i had a brother who was jumped by nazi’s and where still dealing with racism now.so for me, a future marine,i find it affensive.

  5. ok,first of all who gives a crap about the big picture.this is for Tim F and Gus you guys are so stupid, you don’t know what the big picture, the big picture is that there is a giant nazi sign on the coronado base.i mean have you ever been called out of your name or been in a racist situtation.no i don’t think you have. and for Tim F, the other two buildings does not look like fighter planes which are headed to destroy the Nazi symbol. thats a bunch of crap and you need to grow up. And for Gus you said that the two buildings look like 2 eagles that say the symbol of Germany. Many symbols show the eagle and the nazi swastika. The head of the eagle of USA is looking right. um thats stupid because were not in germany where in the usa so it should be a united states symbol instead of a nazi symbol or flag. And for Mark you said that The swastika is a peace and good luck symbol in Asia as well as native american culture. It was classified as racist and hate when Hitler decided to ruin it. I suggest looking at the 45th Infantry Division’s insignia before it was changed in the 30s. And i say that were not in asia where in america,so of course it means something different. and yeah the symbol changed because of hitler, and now mean something else which is now known as a nazi sign, and a racist symbol.

  6. Agreed, Crystal. Again, note that the building was constructed during World War II, so the idea that the government didn’t know what it was doing is highly unlikely.

  7. A correction for Derek. That building was constructed between 1967 and 1969, not during WWII. And yes, the designers should have known better. The Navy calls it an “oversight” by Navy engineers. 1967, at the start of construction, was just 22 years after WWII ended, and naturally was still fresh in the minds of all Americans, especially, WWII Vets, just as Vietnam is as fresh for the Vets of my era. Yes, it was definitely an oversight.

  8. Thanks, Joe. The information I had was from GlobalSecurity.org and the date was the year the Navy commissioned the base.

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