Point of Civic
Pride Turns Deadly
Pickering, Mississippi —
For years in the town center of
Pickering Mississippi, a 105mm howitzer has sat as a memorial to those who
served in the Second World War. A few years ago, neighboring
Alabama set up a memorial featuring a Sherman Tank used in the assault on
Normandy Beach. Ever since then, the citizens of both towns have had a running
disagreement over which town has the better War Memorial. Well now we know for
sure who was right.
Late Tuesday, after an evening
of drinking, a group of Pickering locals procured the 50 year old artillery
piece from their town square and began shelling the tank monument in
Bloomfield. Upon hearing whistle of the incoming rounds, Bloomfield native Mark
Jepsem gathered several members of the over 40 slow pitch softball team from
Ricks Bar across the street from the big green memorial. The hastily assembled
militia braving the murderous hail of shells, managed to get the old Sherman
started and began advancing on the Pickering position.
artillery was having its way with Bloomfield until they got their armor into
position and began to return fire. Through the haze of the battlefield, reports
of who had the upper had were unclear.
It was only after several members of the Pickering VFW
Honor Guard retrieved ceremonial rifles from their glass case and entered the
pitched battle did the tide turn against Bloomfield.
“I just wish we could have found someone to fly The
Phantom” commented wounded Bloomfield tank gunner Jason Strom referring to
the F-4E Phantom II on a pole at the entrance to the nearby Air National Guard
Base. “That would have showed them…”.
Both Mississippi and Alabama
State Police are investigating the incident and are not ruling out the
possibility of filing charges.