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WWII Ordinance

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  1. blacklucas1

    blacklucas1 New Member

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    My uncle was a naval airplane mechanic in WWII and was stationed in Guam at one point. He told me that after the war was over, the military loaded a lot of ordinance onto aircraft carriers and dumped it in the Pacific. He also said they had to recover some of it once Korea broke out. Has anyone else ever heard of any of this?
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Maybe a kernel of truth, but there's not enough to go on from your info.
     
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    Thanks...........
     
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    There was a great dumping of Sherman tanks off the coast of Ireland after the war, still a popular dive spot.
     
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    Lot of examples of stuff being deep sixed including using surplus vehicles to build artificial reefs but never seen anything about any of it being later salvaged and reused.
     
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    And it's "ordnance", not "ordinance". The latter is a statute or law.
     
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    ... or a religious practice or rite - not to be confused with the religious right!
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I would have exact zero clues about anything religious.
     
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    YouTuber and blogger E.W. Johnson lives on Saipan where he explores the jungle looking for evidence of the battle. He has located several bomb storage sites, some of which have been cleared by ordnance disposal units. Of the ones remaining, the bombs are mostly incendiaries that were left after the Air Force returned during the Korean War and recovered the HE bombs. Check it out:

    WWII Bombs Part 1:
    WWII Bombs Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcad54Ie1lE

    From his blog: "Exploded and unexploded bombs everywhere. In 1995 (50 years after WWII) the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five conducted a survey of the ordnance on the Naftan Peninsula. They located (180) 500 lb bombs, (1000) 2 lb incinderary bombs, and (60) 3 and 4 inch projectiles. They recommended not to remove the ordnance due to its condition, remote location, and quantity involved. As a result, the EOD unit detonated 92,000 pounds of WWII ordnance collected on the Naftan Peninsula. Even still, finding remaining ordnance in the Naftan jungle is surprisingly easy."
    Saipan Pictures: Naftan Peninsula
     

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