DESERT ROCK, NEV.—Cpl. Armando Z. Juarez, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Manuel O. Juarez, Kerrville, witnessed the first test-firing of an atomic shell from the Army's giant cannon at Camp Desert Rock, Nev., May 25.
He was one of nearly 8,000 officers and enlisted men, most of them artillerymen, who crouched behind revetments 4,500 yards from ground zero as scientists fired the huge 280mm artillery piece by electrical control- from a tower ten miles away.
Corporal Juarez is a rifle squad leader In Company I of the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team from Fort Benning,
Ga. A graduate of' Tivy High School, he entered the Army in January 1951 and holds the Parachute Badge
[Kerrville Mountain Sun, Kerrville, TX, 4 Jun 1953, Thu, Page 11]
[courtesy of Pat Weber]
Grave marker for Armando Z. Juarez in Block 5, Garden of
Memories Cemetery, Kerrville (Kerr county), Texas.
Armando enlisted in the Army on 24 January 1951 and served in
Company I, 508th ARCT.
He was discharged on 23 January 1954.
On 17 April 1956, he married Estella Lopez Espinoza in Kerr