Bridget's Service in the Army National Guard
November 1984-November 1990

~ Oklahoma and Oregon ~

Spring 1985 ~ Along with the rest of her unit [not shown], the 145 Public Affairs Detachment, Bridget Smith visited Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for weapons qualifications with their .45 handguns and gas mask training. I don't remember ever getting to the gas mask training, but the summer heat we endured sure was enough suffering.

Military weapons qualifications was not a big deal because in her family the custom was always to make sure each child growing up knew how to fire the loaded shotgun that was always stored propped up behind the front door. No one ever had to use it, but it was comforting to know it was there in case we needed it.

As part of our visit to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, we received a fun reward: A visit to an unique military museum. A fellow soldier took Smith's photo standing next to this Howitzer ~ just one of many large guns on this official Artillery Walk.



Smith has always had a penchant for history, all eras. So, this stop was appreciated. A really big item on the walk was The Atomic Annie! It was a major highlight of the outdoor tour.


I took these two photos of that exhibit not knowing that one day in the future my friend and fellow veteran, Keith Whittle would want these photos for the Atomic Veterans History Project partly because he corresponded with the daughter of one of those who served at the tests where Annie was used.


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