All firing has been terminated. The battalion commander and the DAO have been notified. The damaged tank
remains in place under security.
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 1,820 rounds in magazine
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 28 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 Record are available.
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 vehicle was 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, fully enclosed.
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 has been stored for 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 (-65 F to
145 F) have never been exceeded.