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#1 viking73

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 10:31 AM

I picked up this lighter recently that was part of a small early U.S. Army missile grouping.  It's a small Japanese made Vulcan brand lighter.  This one is pretty small - smaller than the other Vulcan lighters I have in my collection which are already smaller than a Zippo.

 

Looks like the original owner was part of the 84th Artillery, equipped with the MGM-5 Corporal Nuclear Missile.  From what I have read, the Corporal was pretty unreliable and dangerous to it's crew due to the liquid fuel of its day.

 

-Derek

 

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Here is a shot of the entire group that came with the lighter for those interested.  The Fort Bliss booklet was fun to look at.  It's not dated, but I think it must be very early 1950s.  The post looked a lot different in the booklet than I remember it from the 1980s!

 

-Derek

 

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:10 PM

Nice little grouping. The yearbook is cool too.



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Posted 03 May 2019 - 08:05 AM

VERY NICE, 
I knew they had surface to surface ballistic missiles in the 50's, even nuclear tipped artillery shells. I wasn't aware they had deployed battalions for that single purpose. Awesome find, thats about as old as it gets for missileers. 
From what I could find looks like the 84th ART was part of the 526th missile battalion 1 stationed at fort sill the other in Germany 

Commonly referred to as the WAC Corporal lol
cant find the logo anywhere though. Very nice find




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