The 723d GS Maintenance Company and the Division G3 have been notified. The battalion
commander has ordered all ammunition of the suspected lot to be repacked in the original
containers and returned to the ASP. The dead and wounded have been evacuated.
The target was a Soviet T54 tank at 1500 meters. There was no overhead firing, and there
were no obstructions in the line of fire. There were no deviations from technical instructions.
The firing table is available.
The Stock Control section provides the following information: The 2d Tank Battalion was issued
200 rounds of cartridge, 105mm gun, HEAT-T, M456E1, NSN 1315-00-889-2095, DODIC C508,
lot number PA 3-21A. All 200 rounds were taken from magazine 34, leaving zero balance there.
There are still 1820 rounds in magazines 35 and 220 rounds in magazine 36. All ammunition in
this lot is ACC-A. The only previous issue of this lot was 1,600 rounds issued to the 9th Marine
Corps Amphibious Battalion on 29 June 91. Copies of the DA Form 581 (Request for Issue and
Turn-In of Ammunition), the DA Form 3151-R (Ammunition Stores Slip), and the Lot and Locator
The surveillance section states that all containers were inspected during the issue of this
ammunition. All of the containers appeared new, with no signs of deterioration. The loaded
vehicles were inspected and certified as within parameters. A copy of the DD Form 1650 shows
that the cartridge case lot number is ABA-1-22, the primer lot number is PBX-3-13-1, the
propellant lot number is BG-116-12-8-3, and the fuze lot number is PA-3-116. The fuze is PIBD,
The DA Form 3022-R (Army Depot Surveillance Record) shows that this lot was last inspected
on 9 February 1991, and was assigned ACC-A. According to past and current editions of TB 9-
1300-385-1 and TB 9-1300-385-2, this lot has never been suspended or had any malfunctions.
This lot has been locally suspended until the investigation is complete. The suspension could
have a serious impact on the planned training programs.
The storage section states that all of the subject ammunition had been stored for over six
months in 25-foot by 80-foot Stradley magazines according to current storage drawings. All
three magazines have been monitored on a regular basis, and temperatures have been
recorded. The storage temperature limits for this ammunition item (-65F to +145F) have never