War Games In Tunkhannock

May 27, 2018 GMT

Hills overlooking the Susquehanna River near Tunkhannock were the scene of an intense mock battle between U.S. forces and an enemy May 11, 1968. The battle was part of a weekend exercise for the 2nd Battalion of the 55th Brigade, Pennsylvania National Guard. The national guardsmen came from companies in Scranton, West Pittston, Berwick and Williamsport. The enemy forces in the exercise were from an anti-tank platoon under the leadership of Lt. Arthur Frantz. The exercise continued for most of Saturday and into the evening when Lt. Col. Marvin Barnes, battalion commander, ordered an all-out assault on the enemy forces. In the morning, Barnes said “the ‘enemy’ forces have suffered heavy losses and any attack they initiate now would mean their complete annihilation.” Barnes said the exercise was a success and the battalion officers and company commanders did a “terrific job.” Contact the writer: bfulton@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9140; @TTPagesPast on Twitter