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Pvt. Oliver F. Wise of Ironton, Ohio, a member of the 245th Tank Battalion, scans enemy terrain with binoculars before his tank opens fire on North Korean bunkers opposite Sandbag Castle in April, 1953.
Pvt. Oliver F. Wise of Ironton, Ohio, a member of the 245th Tank Battalion, scans enemy terrain with binoculars before his tank opens fire on North Korean bunkers opposite Sandbag Castle in April, 1953. (Frank Praytor/Stars and Stripes)

Frank Praytor ©Stars and StripesKorea, April, 1953: Pvt. Oliver F. Wise of Ironton, Ohio, a member of the 245th Tank Battalion, scans enemy terrain with binoculars before his tank opens fire on North Korean bunkers opposite Sandbag Castle. The enemy's counterfire with mortars prompted the tanker to perform his observing duties from inside the tank shortly after the huge 90-mm. gun opened fire on the Red positions. "Their mortars just bounce off," said Wise, "but they give us a jar. I wouldn't care to stay outside when they start coming in on us."

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