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The explosion 'went right over us': How 110 soldiers survived 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption



NORMAN G. BANKS, UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY


By ALEX BRUELL | The Daily News, Longview, Wash. | Published: September 5, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — Richard Plummer was a 24-year-old soldier training on a forested mountain slope between Randle and Packwood on May 18, 1980.

He hadn’t heard much, if anything, about the volcanic activity at Mount St. Helens about 30 miles to the southwest. So when he saw a storm of ash rolling toward his Green Beret campsite that morning, he didn’t quite know what to make of it.

But the next 24 hours of his life would be defined by surviving and escaping the aftermath of the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history.

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It was that long ago?  Time flies.
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