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The war hit home (video)

In 1943, massive Ravenna blast killed 11

March 24, 2013

A bright flash. A sharp boom. A mushroom cloud. As Arthur Hall helped his father unload a haystack on the family farm in Garrettsville 70 years ago today at approximately 11:55 a.m....

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Mar-24-13 8:46 PM

I worked at the Arsenal during the Viet Nam war. The plant was fully active and many load lines were running. Working in the main building we often felt the ammunition being set off for tests. It shook the whole ground and building. There were many safety precautions taking place all over the grounds - so we always felt safe. You could not get into the plant without going past the guards. There was one incident I recall - during the riots at Kent State - the students came to the main gate and since they could not get in they overturned a car in the front parking lot. They hated the war and they hated the fact that we were making ammunition for that war.

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Mar-24-13 5:38 PM

My husband's father was killed in this explosion. He was not quite 9 years old when it happened. He doesn't remember too much about it. We were very surprised to see it in the paper this morning.

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Mar-24-13 4:25 PM

I was aat the arsenal wit the Boy Scouts and Army National Guard out of Warren. they brought the tanks out and we we were knocking trees down but I always wondered what went on out there. No one in my family ever talked about it.

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Mar-24-13 3:13 PM

Back then, people understood the concept of national security and the need for secrecy. Today, we have two generations running around believing that everything is a conspiracy, everything the government does is evil, etc--true lunatics. To them, patriotism is a dirty word. Sacrifice and selflessness are even dirtier words.

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Mar-24-13 9:51 AM

Loose Lips Sink Ships

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Mar-24-13 8:04 AM

if it happened today it would be headline news on all stations and everyone would be demanding a full disclosureand investigation. Back then people were more concerned about protecting our troops and privacy then making it a big news item.

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Mar-24-13 6:51 AM

We are only able to speculate on what the arsenal property is hiding currently! News of 70 years old incidents is history un-veiled. Current activities may be sinister and we won't know until after the fact...much too late to prepare! A LOT of ammunition could be stored there...I bet even 1.6 billion rounds...

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