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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial
 
Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial






 
Inscription.
Nike Ajax Explosion
Battery B. 526th Missile Battalion
Leonardo, New Jersey

In Memoriam
22 May 1958

Sgt. Daniel J. Lavengood
Sgt. Jerome W. Mould
SP3 Walter E. Berry
SP3 William I. Cochran
PFC Donald L. Marsh
Pvt. Nicklos J. Composino

Ord. Corps Civilians
Joseph Arciere
Joseph F. Brokos
Lee A. Parker
Charles Romanow

 
Location. 40° 27.342′ N, 74° 0.237′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Hartshorne Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to Fort Hancock in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Guns of Sandy Hook (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital Steward’s Quarters (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dead House (about 500 feet away); The Best of Care (about 600 feet away); Just Like A Small Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Company, Attention! (approx. 0.2 miles away); NOAA Fisheries Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Is Why It’s Called Sandy Hook! (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
Also see . . .
 
Nike Ajax Explosion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Nike Ajax Explosion Marker
 

1. Information on Project Nike. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Photos of 1958 explosion. (Submitted on September 28, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Nike Missile Site
 
Nike Ajax Explosion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Nike Ajax Explosion Marker
This monument honors those who lost their life in the May 22, 1958 explosion.
 
 
Nike Missles Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Nike Missles
On display near the marker are two Nike missile models. The one on the right is a Hercules Type Missile, while on the left is an Ajax which was the type involved in the explosion.
 
 
Fort Hancock Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Fort Hancock
Marker is located in Fort Hancock, a National Historic Landmark on Sandy Hook. The marker can be seen behind the sign.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,063 times since then. Last updated on September 22, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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