Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vietnam Veteran Built Missile In Backyard

A missile in his backyard: Vietnam veteran in Medford builds replica of MIM-23 Hawk 
Veteran will showcase replica of MIM-23 Hawk in Pear Blossom Parade
Mail Tribune
By Nick Morgan
Posted Apr. 8, 2015

"Homeland Security knows about it," Bloom said.
Ron Bloom of Medford will premiere his replica Hawk missile at the Pear Blossom Parade Saturday.
Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch
When Ron Bloom of Medford approached fellow members of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association about premiering his replica missile at the Pear Blossom Parade, they had a difficult time wrapping their minds around just what Bloom had built.

"It's much bigger than we thought," said Mike Halverson, the Oregon state representative of CVMA, as he stared up at the replica Vietnam-era MIM-23 Hawk missile in Bloom's backyard, along with about 10 local members.

Halverson rode his motorcycle from Marion to see the replica in person.

"It's built to scale — 16 feet, 8 inches long," Bloom said. "Young or old, they love to look at it."
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