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Obsolete Technology, 1969

It’s rather amazing to think that in 1969, messaging coordinates was a two-person job which required a paper map and a wired telephone. It could probably all be done on today’s smartphone. In this photograph taken on Christmas Day 1969,  1st Lieutenant John R. Rabb uses a physical map to get coordinates of locations for bombing. Meanwhile, Gunnery Sergeant Earl L. Jones relays those positions over the radio.

Map Reading – December 25, 1969

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