|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:19:23 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: "EOD Defends Guam's Andersen AFB from Lingering WWII Threats"|
EOD Defends Guam's Andersen AFB from Lingering WWII Threats by Melissa White Guam News August 6, 2013ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - When an explosive ordnance disposal technician is asked when the last time he responded to an unexploded ordnance and says, "Oh, around 9:45 this morning," it brings to reality the dangers of the island as a result of its history.
Guam was a strategic stronghold during World War II. It was captured by the Japanese in 1941 shortly after their attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, triggered American involvement in the war. In order to regain it as a U.S. possession, the island sustained heavy bombardment for days from American aircraft and Navy vessels in July 1944 before ground forces moved in with more artillery.
"At one point, there was a Marine unit that fired more than 1,000 rounds within two-and-a-half hours and then sent 2,280 75 mm and 105 mm shells later the same day," said Jeff Meyer, 36th Wing historian. "With all these construction projects that are ongoing, we're going to be constantly unearthing UXOs for a while - anything from rounds and shells to grenades that may have fallen off uniforms during the war."
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=36629:eod-defends-guams-andersen- afb-from-lingering-wwii-threats&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156
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