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6 - SP5 Norm Roy - LZ Blackhawk

I made a few trips on QL19 to LZ Blackhawk. As I recall it was a Battery of the 7/15th Artillery. The one trip I do recall truly upset me. A 175mm had a round explode in the gun tube during a fire mission. My section warrant officer and I were dispatched to the base by someone high up in II Corp area command to evaluate the situation and gather info. As one can see from the photos the damage was extensive. I don’t recall the status of all the crew but unfortunately one of them, the powder man, was holding a zone 2 or 3 charge while in the gunpit. The explosion ignited the powder bag and the crew member basically vaporized! There was some indication on the ground where he was standing. From what I was told some 175mm missions in II Corp were put on hold for a period of time. The gun was picked up by a “draggin wagon” for a trip to somewhere for evaluation.

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175mm-Exploded Barrel
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175mm-Explosion In Barrel
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175mm Gun Tube Change-LZ Blackhawk
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175mm Gun Tube Pieces
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175mm Spade Damage
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81mm Mortar
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Affects Of Gun Tube Explosion
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LZ Blackhawk
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