April 8-14, 1996

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

The Bauxite Mines

Our tankers wanted a place to fire and thought some bauxite mines in the mountains south of Milici might do. So we went up there to check them out with an engineer from the company.
Okay, all the bedrock is limestone so where did the aluminum come from? The engineer didn't know.
Typical East Bloc mentality. Do your own job and don't bother about anything else.
From what I've been able to gather, a karst landscape got filled in by sediment and the bauxite was derived from weathering of the sediment.
On the way back, our battalion XO was checking out these tracked vehicles. Turns out they were just being moved to another location. They didn't notify anyone, a minor ding, no harm.

Below: B-a-a-a-snia!


Using various go-betweens, a family in Kladanj managed to arrange to meet relatives on the other side at Checkpoint Sandra. They said even the soldiers were getting teary-eyed.
Mosque in Kladanj
Below. Come on already! It's the middle of April!
We had gotten to know this family in Kladanj and came over for a visit. From left, in the photo at left, CPT George Hadrick, Scott Miller's wife Barb, who was at a different detachment, and CPT Scott Miller.

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