Here are 3 photos of early 1967 while I was at Alvarado Texas D-50 Nike Hercules site. The colored photo of the Missile raised for a photo op is one of my birds and the two other two photos show the deterioration of the site after being closed since 1970. If you look very close at the worn out guard shack then look at the fresh color photo of the missile you can see that shack as it was in early 67. Also my elevator is nice and pretty and shiny in the paper coverage but today it looks like this slowly wasting rusted mess. The paper photo was taken just to the left of the original angle. The Paper had the spread in the Sunday Magazine that was so popular when all of us were young. Today none of the younger folks know what one of those magazines looked like. This missile raised is a High Explosive warhead not one of the two nukes below. We had 3 pits and all the loads were exactly the same. You can tell the nukes because they keep a red steel cover over one of the tip instruments that is used to help guide it to a top down attack. My job as a crewman was to remove those two covers without damaging the two instruments. At the time they were like 3000 dollars per, I didn't want to be paying for any breakage so I learned to remove them expeditiously without going into debt. Then the fun part was two of us pushing 11,000 lbs onto the elevator without forgetting to jerk the unlock rope to allow the end of the rails to open and allow the missile to roll onto the elevator. The upstairs crew did the topside pushing. One of my jobs was to inspect the physical surface of the missile while dragging my hand down the closed compartments containing electronics and hydraulics. Once a week we would remove the main cover over the fuse panel to check fuses and make sure all were good. The missile was live all the time and had hydraulic fluid circulating constantly. The Nuke warheads were removed and serviced in a scheduled maintenance. A specialist working in the Warhead room did that work and it required a complete tear down using an overhead crane, there was a safety berm around the warhead building but I don't think it would have helped had something gone wrong. I feel really good the old site is still alive even if it is a relic of the past, it was one part of my past a long time ago.