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Charlie Battery - Fort Bliss 1960

Our Annual Service Practice At McGregor Range - White Sands


- Click Here For Larger Image -Hmm... This Ammo Caisson Seems To Be A Popular Place


Image by Fred Van Zandt - Alabama - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Four Amigos

Putting the front step of the PX/Snackbar to good use on a lazy Sunday day off at Fort Bliss, Texas.

So Fred what'a you wanna do?, I dunno Cliff, what'a you wanna do? How bout you, Ray what'a you wanna do? I dunno, what'a you wanna do...? Allen what'a you wanna do? I dunno, what'a you wanna do?...

Yawnnnnn, what time is chow?

GI's from left to right: Raymond Andreozzi, Allen Mahrol, Cliff Scott, and Fred Van Zandt. Four of Charlie Battery IFC's finest...!

Image by Fred Van Zandt - Alabama - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launcher Crewmen Extraordinaire Befriending Local Flora

Section Panel operator Neil Watson, and Spec 4 Marvin Buchmiller. Despite the clear blus sky, it was still quite chilly out on the desert.


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- Click Here For Larger Image -PFC Howie Watson - Standin' Tall...!


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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launching Area's LCT

I am guessing that this is the LCT. First because that's the area where I would be. Second, all of the guys I recognize are Launching Area people. So, I think the officer standing on the trailer landing is 1st Lt. Gearld Richardson. In checking the ASP Travel Orders in the Archives Section, only 3 Officers from Charlie Battery traveled to Fort Bliss. Captain Popovics (Fire Control Officer,, 1st Lt. Richardson (LCT), and CWO Richard C. Lawson from Assembly.

On the ground, at the base of the stairs, looking up at the people on the landing is SP 4 James Mullins. And standing to his right is Malvin Ward. And to Mal's right in that group of three, is, I think, Sgt. James Butler. He is the farthest to the left of the image, and was the platton Sgt. of the Launching Area.

The Officer to the far right of the image is the Range Officer filling out the results of the day's shoot.


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- Click Here For Larger Image -Spec 5 Thomas Curtis...?

This is a bit of an assumption, however, the 3rd - 71st ASP Travel Orders list only one E-5 for Charlie Battery, so I don't see how it could be anyone else.

If anyone can positively identify the E-5 sitting in the trailer, please take one step forward, and let us know.


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- Click Here For Larger Image -PFC Gary Norton Lookin’ Good...!


Image by Jerry Haslett -Washington - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Cliff Scott generating a classic pose...!


Image by Jerry Haslett - Washington - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The North Tower

The observation and control tower for our section of McGregor Range.

At the base of the tower are the two types of radio controlled target drones.

The drones on the left and right are the jet propelled RP-76 Drone, and the center is a prop driven R.C.A.T.

Image by Fred Van Zandt - Alabama - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Early Warning Tipsy Radar


Image by Fred Van Zandt - Alabama - 1960

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