28 Apr '14, 9pm
Archive Photo of the Day: 'Atomic cannon' crew, 1956. #pod #photography
Bad Kreuznach, West Germany, September, 1956: Soldiers from Battery C's 2nd Gun Platoon, 264th Field Artillery Battalion who set a 280mm gun firing record pose with the "atomic cannon." They are, in the front row from left to right, 2nd Lt. Loyal G. Hightower, Sfc. Wilbur H. Smith, Spc. 3 Clarence B. Rabe, Sgt. Harry Erickson, Spc. 3 Joe Stachon and Pvt. William Leady; in the back row, Spc. 3 Anthony J. Popelka, Spc. 3 Burgoa E. Figueroa, Spc. 3 Frank R. Pereyda and Pfc. Edward Welch. The massive gun was capable of firing both conventional and nuclear shells; it was transported on two vehicles whose drivers kept in touch by telephone.