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Friday, April 12, 2013


For the best effect, please be sure and watch, in "FULL SCREEN" mode, this video recording of an official 1959 United States Army film, "COUNTDOWN AT WHITE SANDS".

The video recording of "COUNTDOWN AT WHITE SANDS" was posted at the YOU TUBE web site on Friday 22 March 2013 by the NUCLEAR VAULT channel.

This video recording brings back a lot of memories from my boyhood.

Daddy was a career master sergeant in the United States Army, and in 1959, we were transferred from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas.

I don't remember the exact year (probably 1960?), but we attended an open house at White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico, on Armed Forces Day.

They handed out colorful photographs and fired some missiles to shoot down drone aircraft and/or other missiles.

Almost all of the missiles featured in the 1959 film, "COUNTDOWN AT WHITE SANDS", were shown to us and/or used for live fire demonstrations.

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Because this particular blog post pertains to MY boyhood in El Paso, Texas - - - ,

Please be sure and watch, in "FULL SCREEN" mode, my homemade amateur video recording of ME (!) performing the Marty Robbins hit song, "THE BALLAD OF EL PASO". 


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