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PHOSPHORUS FOR FIREWORKS
by John Bugnolo, ©2019
(Jul. 5, 2019) — Back in 1989 as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard
To celebrate Independence Day without the normal fireworks, the battery was ordered to fire white phosphorous on a simulated Soviet munition storage facility. Thus with the roar of the 155mm TOW field artillery, the sky was filled with the bright white of streaming phosphorous.
The photo was the presentation in August 1989 of the Army’s achievement medal issued for the mission to defend the simulated Fulda Gap, as the Cold War was still real then.
E5 13E20 Cannon Fire Direction Specialist & 72 E10 Telecommunication Specials for Massachusetts ARNG.