2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:50:40 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, FUDS: Hollister (CA) Bomb Target #5
Local Navy bombing site investigated

Officials seeking information on rural parcel used for bomb practice during World War II

By Adam Breen
Pinnacle News (CA)
November 13, 2009

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is revisiting what was once known as "Bomb Target No. 5, Hollister," a dry-farmed plot of land that during World War II was used by Navy flyers as a practice dive-bombing site.

The goal is to determine whether the site, located off of Santa Ana Valley Road on what is now the Lightning Tree Ranch, contains unexploded or discarded bomb fragments that could pose a hazard. Some locals recall watching the bombing runs and even collecting bomb pieces after the site was no longer used.

"We're looking for potential contamination from bombing targets used back in World War II," said Paul Townsend, project manager of the Corps of Engineers' Sacramento district.

The Department of Defense is ranking similar sites around the country to determine whether and when to clean up the sites.


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Lenny Siegel
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