On October 6, 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israeli forces in the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. Our Company Commander said the rumor was the Russians had a division in the air circling the mid-east and we were putting the 82nd on alert and in the air.
He issued orders to draw weapons and the basic load of ammunition from the arms room and we were to join the Pershing missile Battalion when they deployed with warheads.
The Company Commander gave the married personnel time to go to our quarters and make sure our families had their evacuation documentation, rations and understood where they were to go for evacuation. As I drove into the housing area, there was a jeep manned by two MPs driving through the neighborhood with a loudspeaker blaring instructions for all dependents to prepare for evacuation.
Below are two photographs of Pershing Missiles.