2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 07:34:50 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: Marines search Bear Island (NC)
Marines to comb state sands
Old ammo could lurk at park

Raleigh News & Observer (NC)
June 23, 2009

SWANSBORO - Beachcombers at Hammocks Beach State Park's Bear Island might find shells from cockles, whelks, razor clams or a Marines Corps M1 81 mm mortar.

During World War II, long before it became a state park, the island may have been downrange of Marines in training. Now the Corps wonders whether it might have left munitions in the sand or the nearby salt marshes.

A review of historical maps revealed that over the past 60-plus years, some of the fallout areas for training targets along Camp Lejeune's coastal edge inadvertently extended onto property adjacent to the base, and the Marines have begun a $2.4 million search for aging, errant ammo. They will be searching a total of 1,800 acres, including private land and 182 acres of the state park, for unexploded or fragmented machine-gun rounds, rockets, mortar shells or other munitions that missed their targets or exploded close to target boundaries and peppered someone else's property.


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Lenny Siegel
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