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Sunday, May 16, 2021

The horrifying purpose of Special Atomic Demolition Munition units: ‘We all knew it was a one-way mission, a suicide mission’ | Army Times

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You probably did it with a firecracker when you were a kid.

You’d set it on rock or a stump, then you’d light the fuse, clamp your hands over your ears and run, to get out of range of the cardboard shrapnel. Or, if you set it on someone’s porch, you ran so as not to get caught.

Well, that’s what Mark Bentley of De Pere practiced doing in the U.S. Army, only he did it with atomic bombs: Carry one on your back, plant it somewhere, set the timer, clamp your hands over your ears and run like hell.

“We all knew it was a one-way mission, a suicide mission,” Bentley, who is now 68 and quite probably not even quick enough anymore to outrun firecracker shrapnel, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Source: The horrifying purpose of Special Atomic Demolition Munition units: ‘We all knew it was a one-way mission, a suicide mission’ | Army Times

 

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