This World War II practice bomb shell, formerly a 100-pound MK 15, was used in training exercises at the Alamogordo Army Air Corps Base (today’s Holloman AFB) in New Mexico. The MK 15 is an empty shell that was originally filled with either water, sand, or a combination of both in order to imitate the volume of a live bomb. It was donated to the Beck Archives by Charles M. Schloss, whose family obtained the deactivated bomb in the summer of 1943, when he was about 13 years old. Charles inherited the bomb from his family later in life in recognition of his expertise and lifelong interest in rockets and explosives. Schloss served his tour of duty in the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant of the Regular Army, Artillery & Ordnance Corps. After the war, he remained an active member of Denver’s Jewish and general communities. He served as a member of the Cherry Hills Village City Council in Colorado from 1971-1982 and on the planning commission from September 1969-1971. He also founded Schloss Engineered Equipment, Inc. in 1984.
The Schloss family was deeply connected to both the Jewish and military communities in Denver during World War II. Schloss’ mother, Mildred Herman Schloss, organized community support for the war effort among local Jewish women, who often met in her home. The women played a major role in the war effort by housing and feeding the soldiers with food often grown from their own “Victory Gardens.” Most of the women were active members of the Sisterhood of the Temple Emanuel, and they provided soldiers with handmade goods such as knitted hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, and other items for men desperately in need of supplies. During World War II, the Schloss family also often hosted many Jewish soldiers who were variously stationed at Buckley Field, Lowry Field, Fort Logan, and the 10th Mountain Division at Copper Mountain.
The Bomb of Remembrance is part of the Schloss Family Papers and World War II Artifact, Collection B293, in the Beck Archives, Special Collections and Archives, University of Denver Libraries.