LDN 3 June 1953 - Cpl. J.F. Heglund Sees Test Firing of Atomic Shell
Cpl J. F, Hegland Sees Test Firing of Atomic Shell Cpl. James F. Heglund, whose wife Vernice lives at 207 Fifth street, Ludington, witnessed the first test-firing of an atomic shell from the Army's giant cannon at Camp Desert Rock, Nev., May 25. He was one of nearly 3,000 officers and enlisted men, most of them artillerymen, who crouched behind revetments 4,500 yards from ground zero as scientists fired the huge 280 mm artillery piece by electrical control from a tower 10 miles away. Before the actual firing of the atomic, shell, the group was thoroughly indoctrinated in atomic warfare techniques and took part in experimental firing of conventional, conventional, non-atomic projectiles from the mammoth weapon. Cpl. Heglund is a section leader in Battery B of the 749th Anti-Aircraft Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun battalion, stationed stationed in East Rutherford, N. J. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Heglund of 402 Fifth street, he entered the Army in November, 1951.