While the Division was being rehabilitated in the Maddaloni area, Mt. Vesuvius spurted forth its most violent eruption in 72 years. During windy March evenings GI's stood in awe, watching the volcano spout its flame-colored lava out into the night.
Sulphurous lava enveloped San Sebastiano at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius and threatened the entire surrounding coast. Italian natives became panic-stricken. They had endured the ravages of war, the desperation of hunger. Now they stretched their hands to heaven in protest of the eruption. Allied troops and medical supplies were pressed into emergency service.
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