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The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum welcomes a World War II weapon system

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JOHNSTON (KWWL) -

An artillery piece from World War II will be relocated to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum.

Soldiers from the Iowa National Guard's Field Maintenance Camp Dodge shop (FMCD) will transport the 155 mm, M2 “Long Tom” artillery piece to its new place in Johnston Friday.

The weapon system was made in 1944 and acquired from the U.S. Army Infantry Museum in Georgia back in 2013.

The “Long Tom” is a long-range, high-powered weapon that could be used as both a towed artillery piece or as a self-propelled weapon. It fired a 95-pound projectile upwards of 15 miles at the rate of 40 rounds an hour.

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