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Updated: 05/21/2018 08:30:00AM

North Port man fired atomic cannon

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This was the 280 mm atomic cannon Marvin Kelly, of North Port, fired while serving in the 7th Army in Germany in the 1950s.

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Marvin Kelly in uniform. He was in his 20s when he served in Europe for 18 months during the 1950s.

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Marvin Kelly, now of North Port, is pictured at the back end of the big atomic artillery gun he drove in Europe 70 years ago

while serving in the U.S. Army.

By DON MOORE

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Army Specialist-3rd Class Marvin Kelly was listed as assistant gunner on a 280 millimeter atomic cannon.

It was the biggest and baddest artillery piece the U.S. Army every produced during the early Cold War years of the 1950s.

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