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Taking Work Home, Army Style

When Tracy Worwood’s son visited him, the boy noticed something unusual at his dad’s house, so he took a picture. Later, when the boy’s mother saw the photo of what appeared to be a rocket, she notified the FBI. Police went to Worwood’s Tacoma, Wash., home and found the rocket — on the roof, where he had allegedly moved it after his son discovered it. Officers closed off the neighborhood, including a nearby elementary school, and removed the tank-piercing munition. While Worwood said he thought the rocket was a training round, x-rays showed it had all working components, including an explosive payload. When the rocket was destroyed, it pierced a 5-inch steel plate. Court records show that Worwood, who had received an “other than honorable” discharge from the Army, claimed he had received the device as a going-away present. (MS/Tacoma News Tribune) ...Most people just get a plaque.
Original Publication Date: 20 December 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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