Their discovery, a World War II-style training device, was dug up in a wooded area just behind Tyler’s Cotton Belt Depot Museum.
"We were digging up a camp fire,” says Paul Starnes. “And we found a WWII mortar just sitting there, partially out of the ground. We thought it was like a pipe or something."
"The pilots would drop those,” says Chur. “They had a spotting charge that's inside of them, and when the bomb would hit the ground, then it would make a puff of white smoke and then the range officers could then score how close to a target the pilots were."