Range Control

Range Control

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Franklin Evening Star - 09 September 1945
Demonstration Crew, front and center: Here members of the Post Range section show how they go about locating and marking unexploded shells in the Post "Impact Area." Mine detectors cover the area, and white flags are posted wherever metal is detected. This may turn out to be all artillery shell - or somebody's lost dog tags. Members of Post Ordnance will come by later and investigate. From left to right are Pvt. Richard Austin. Cpl. Frank Zakiewicz, W. Ray Reed, Sgt. Isadore Fishelson, Sgt Titus Ingram, Sgt. Ray Brown, and S/Sgt. Anthony Raft


Removal of mortar and artillery duds from the "Impact Area". Of the range where three divisions and a number of artillery and tank destroyer units have had combat training, is now under way. under the direction of Lt. Col. Robert B. Rote. Director of Military Training.

The area, near the southern limits of camp, is still being teed as a practice target for bombers from Godman Field, KY., which drop "sand bombs" containing only a small powder charge. "Bombing" occurs each Tuesday and Wednesday during which time all roads leading into the area are blocked.  Location of the duds is the job of the Post Range section, with their removal or detonation being done by Post Ordnance. Members of the Range section go over the area with mine detectors, leaving small white flags posted wherever the detectors indicate the presence of metal. The ordnance group then removes the dud, or detonates it on the spot, using small charges of TNT. Often the *dud" turns out to be an old tin can, or a strand of wire, but there are also numerous mortar shells, both 60 and 81 mm. in addition to artillery shells ranging from 37 mm. to 155 mm.  The Range Control section, which once numbered 106 men and handled 26 ranges, has now been reduced to eight men, handling six ranges.

Page last revised 11/07/2012
James D. West
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