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From: "Gerald Browning"
To: <historian@nikemissile.org>

Subject: Army training film "Preparation of Warhead and Forward Body Sections"
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:33:40 -0500

To the Nike Missile Historian and also the Webmaster. Just as information to you, I just viewed the new movie that you have added titled Army training film "Preparation of Warhead and Forward Body Sections". This is one of three movies that were made at Site SF-88 (A Battery 2nd Missile Battalion 51st Artillery). I was stationed there from Jan. 1965 until Oct. 1967 and I am in this film. This movie was made somewhere around 1966 I think. Additionally, the E6 in the film was actually a warrant officer named Mr. Smith. The E5 was Woody Wade section chief of B Section. The E4 was Steven Rhinehart. The PFC's on the chain hoist were Danny Crowe Lexington Ky. And me Gerald Browning Knoxville, Tn. I cannot remember the guy working at the tool bench. It took us 3 or 4 months to make these films. We did so many takes and retakes we could build a Nike Herc in our sleep blindfolded. Shortly after we made these films we went to SNAP. Our warhead team built the missile the first day, checked it out the morning of the second day and hauled it to the launcher and cleared the range. We made a perfect score and I think the highest score that had ever been recorded to date at the range. We goofed off the rest of the week while the rest of our battery were doing their thing. This is the first time that I have ever seen this movie. Thank you for adding it.

Respectfully yours,

Gerald Browning

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