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The American Airpower Museum's newly acquired 155mm Long (Credit: Barry Sloan)

The American Airpower Museum's newly acquired 155mm Long Tom is now at the museum in Farmingdale. The Long Tom and the weapons systems descended from it were mainstays of the American arsenal starting in World War II. (Aug. 7, 2012)

The American Airpower Museum's new Howitzer

Farmingdale's American Airpower Museum arranged the purchase of a 155mm "Long Tom" gun to add to its arsenal.

Vietnam Veteran Ken Wales of Westchester with the
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Vietnam Veteran Ken Wales of Westchester with the newly acquired 155mm Long Tom Howitzer at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale. Wales, 60, said he'd once manned a similar version as a cannoneer with the Army's 1st Cavalry Division in Pleiku. Seeing the big steel gun again was "bittersweet," he said. (Aug. 7, 2012)

Veterans look on during a dedication ceremony for
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Veterans look on during a dedication ceremony for the newly acquired 155mm Long Tom at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale. (Aug. 7, 2012)

Victor Diaz, 70 of Lindenhurst, said he'd been
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Victor Diaz, 70 of Lindenhurst, said he'd been an Air Force man, making supply runs to restock fire bases in Vietnam. He attended the ceremony for the new 155mm Long Tom gun at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale. "At night we used to hear them . . . It was comforting and scary at the same time." (Aug. 7, 2012)

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The American Airpower Museum's newly acquired 155mm Long
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The American Airpower Museum's newly acquired 155mm Long Tom. "It's an awesome thing," said Tom McGlennon, 65, of Huntington Station, who said he'd served in an Army 105-mm artillery battery in the Mekong Delta. (Aug. 7, 2012)

The American Airpower Museum's newly acquired 155mm Long
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The American Airpower Museum's newly acquired 155mm Long Tom is now at the museum in Farmingdale. The Long Tom and the weapons systems descended from it were mainstays of the American arsenal starting in World War II. (Aug. 7, 2012)

Vietnam Veteran Ken Wales speaks about the newly
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Vietnam Veteran Ken Wales speaks about the newly acquired 155mm Long Tom at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale. He recalled the assembly-line precision of his eight-man fire crew: 10 seconds for a crew to hoist the shell, prep, load and fire the gun. The barrel was swabbed, and the process was repeated. (Aug. 7, 2012)

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