4th Missile Bn
517th Artillery
Canal Zone


Rio Hato Training Area

During the 1960s the 517th participated in War games at the Rio Hato training area.  This base was established during WWII and was leased from the Republic of Panama.  Rio Hato is located to the southwest of the Canal Zone. 


Photos from the 1965 war game exercise at Rio Hato by Sp4 Rick Doninelli of the 134th Ordnance Detachment.

C130 Offloading 517th Vehicles

C130 Taxing

Offloading From LST 1153, Talbot County

Jeep wading ashore from LST 1153

Hawk Launcher During War Games

Dummy Hawks At Rio Hato

Sp4 Doninelli With Crew Chief At Rio Hato