Nike Ajax Explosion - Sandy Hook, NJ
Posted by: Metro2
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Quick Description: This Memorial was moved to Sandy Hook after the 1958 disaster site was demolished.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2011 12:00:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMB1F2
On May 22, 1958 in Middletown Township, New Jersey several Ajax missiles exploded accidentally killing ten Army and civilian ordnance personnel. It is considered one of the worst missile-related accidents of the Cold War era. See (visit link
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The disaster memorial is now at Sandy Hook's Fort Hancock. It consists of a stone marker with two Nike Missiles standing upright on either side of it. The text on the marker reads:
22 May 1958
Sgt. Daniel J. Lavengood
Sgt. Jerome W. Mould
SP3 Walter E. Berry
SP3 William I. Cochran
PFC Donald L. Marsh
Pvt. Nicklos J. Composino
Ord. Corps Civilians
Joseph F. Brokos
Lee A. Parker
A small plaque at the base of the monument reads:
"NIKE AJAX EXPLOSION
BATTERY B, 526TH MISSILE BATTALION
LEONARDO, NEW JERSEY"
This website has photos of the actual disaster accompanied by comments by some folks who were witness to the tragedy.