PREFACE OF MORTAR STORY
This is a true story, it really happened and I know it did because I was there when it happened.

Moreover, it is a great story of serendipity, of which I am the linchpin connecting the two parts.

A few days ago, I was sharing with a friend some of the stories of my early military experiences at Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Sill, OK where I was witness to or a player in -- at least a half dozen live fire exercises where artillery and mortar rounds were fired in, or within a whisker of, a group of troops or observers.

In those early days, artillery and mortar fire relied on surveys by rod and transit, plotting boards with ruler and pencil, compasses, and folded maps. There were no computers to aid in determining locations and directions for firing.

Alan Lubke, May 2d, 2011

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