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MISSISSIPPI ARMED FORCES MUSEUM, CAMP SHELBY, FORREST COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, USA



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Location Category ID:
74100
Address: Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Building 850, Camp Shelby, MS 39407
Telephone: 601.558.2303
Email: chad.e.daniels [at] us.army.mil (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: 0900 – 1630 Tuesday- Saturday, closed State and Federal holidays
Official Website: Mississippi Armed Forces Museum
Other Links: Custer Men
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Bird’s Eye: Primary Storage
Bird’s Eye: Secondary Storage
Latitude, Longitude: 31.19573289 , -89.20919895
Location Accuracy: 7
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The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum is located in Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center and serves as the military history museum for the State of Mississippi. The museum’s aim is to honour the service and sacrifices of Mississippi’s servicemen and women of all branches and those from other parts of the country that trained in Mississippi during times of war. The museum holds over 17,000 artefacts in its collection ranging from large military vehicles, weapons and equipment to archival materials relating to the history of Mississippi’s veterans and training facilities. It features over 16,000 square feet of exhibit space, a theatre, gift shop, Medal of Honor tower, a central courtyard, a library and archive and a row of monuments dedicated to units that trained at Camp Shelby and Mississippi veterans groups. Exhibited on the grounds are several examples of US and captured equipment, including artillery, tanks, and helicopters. The museum is free to the public.

Museum Building



Location ID:
74100
Latitude, Longitude:31.1983209, -89.22377408
Location Accuracy:7



1) M2A2 Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1344
Serial Number: 112 (source: D. Moriarty).
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Other Identification: “8 Δ 80 Δ F11” painted on nose and hull rear. “8” inside white stars painted on turret sides. White line painted around turret sides.

This M2A2 is displayed with its driver’s hatch open so the interior can be viewed. A plaque on the front of this vehicle states: “Donated by Mr. C.W. Floyd of Flora MS.”. The sign beside it reads as follows: “Mississippi’s Only Tank. Although several hundred tanks are maintained at Camp Shelby and throughout Mississippi, all are property of the United States Government except this one. During the Second World War, part of Mr. W.C. Floyd’s land was taken by the government to expand the Flora Ordnance Training Center. Mr Floyd petitioned the federal government for the return of his land in 1950. After begrudgingly paying a fee of $35, Mr. Floyd regained title to his land. When the M2A2 was discovered on the reclaimed land, Mr. Floyd donated it to the Armed Forces Museum with the understanding the tank would never again become federal property. A Tank with a Mysterious Past. The M2 was discovered with curious markings. The unit designation indicated the tank was assigned to the 80th Armored Regiment, a unit that had never trained in Mississippi. Even more puzzling were the swastikas painted on the tank’s hull. Research proved that the tank was transferred to the Flora Ordnance Training Center for training purposes after the M2s were declared obsolete in 1942. Since the tank was not assigned to another armored unit, its previous markings were not altered. The swastikas were painted on the M2 to simulate a German tank during exercises at the ordnance training Center.”
The tank was recovered from a wooded area at the Mississippi Ordnance Plant in 1978-9. The vehicle has since been cosmetically restored and marked as discovered in the woods, F11 from 80th Armor, 8th Armored Division. It had no engine when discovered (and there is no engine in the hull). Beside the tank there is a radial engine in its original crate after being overhauled in 1945. It will eventually be placed in the M2A2. (Source: D. Moriarty).

External Display Area



Location ID:
74110
Latitude, Longitude:31.19690301, -89.22469676
Location Accuracy:7



2) M5 Stuart Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1345
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3) M19 Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun American


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Unique ID: 1346
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The label for this vehicle states: “This vehicle was provided to the Armed Forces Museum by the Louisiana Army National Guard. Restoration courtesy of the 3656th Maintenance Company”. The Louisiana National Guard is based at Camp Beauregard, Pineville. 3656th Maintenance Company is part of the Mississippi National Guard and is based at Camp Shelby.


4) M41A1 Walker Bulldog Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1347
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This appears to be a late production M41A1 (with angled mud flaps and forward auxiliary engine muffler) fitted with an early production M41 turret (with high side welds and cast muzzle brake).


5) M42 Duster Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun American


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Unique ID: 1349
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6) M42B1E9 Sherman Flame-Throwing Tank American


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Unique ID: 1351
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It has been suggested that this flamethrower Sherman was one of a small number that were handed out to other collections from the Chemical Corps Museum when it was at Fort McClellan, Alabama so they would not have to be shipped when the Museum moved to Fort Leonard Wood (source: N. Baumgardner).


7) M7B2 Priest Howitzer Motor Carriage American


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3
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Unique ID: 1352
Serial Number: (A three digit serial number is visible on the left rear hull but has been painted over, source: J. Daneri).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Missing some rubber pads from right-hand track.

The label for this vehicle states: “Restoration courtesy of the 3656th Maintenance Company”. 3656th Maintenance Company is part of the Mississippi National Guard and is based at Camp Shelby.


8) M48A1 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1353
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9) M60 Tank American


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3
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Unique ID: 1354
Serial Number: 786 (source: J. Daneri).
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This M60 was produced at Detroit (source: J. Daneri).


10) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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5
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Unique ID: 1355
Serial Number: 187 (source: J. Daneri).
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The label for this vehicle states: “Restoration courtesy of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES), Camp Shelby Training Center”.


11) M1 Abrams Tank American


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4
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Unique ID: 1356
Serial Number: 0004, marked on side-skirts (source: J. Daneri).
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Other Identification: Shield emblems painted on forward turret sides.

From the shape of the rear turret (which has a long box shape above the centreline) this appears to be an early production M1, probably an LRIP model (source: N. Baumgardner).


12) M56 Scorpion Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun American


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6
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Unique ID: 1360
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The label for this vehicle states: “This M-56 was provided to the Armed Forces Museum by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Water Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Restoration courtesy of the 3656th Maintenance Company”. 3656th Maintenance Company is part of the Mississippi National Guard and is based at Camp Shelby.


13) M578 Armoured Recovery Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1359
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14) ZSU-23-4 Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Soviet


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3
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Unique ID: 1361
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Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

The label for this vehicle states: “This vehicle was captured by the U.S. 24th Infantry Division during the Persian Gulf Conflict. Restoration courtesy of SSG Charles I. Eppling, MSARNG”. After returning to the United States in spring 1991, the 24th Infantry Division was reorganized with two brigades at Fort Stewart and the 3rd Brigade reactivated at Fort Benning, Georgia, replacing the 197th Infantry Brigade (source: Wikipedia).

Primary Storage Area

This area is close to the intersection of 1st Street and Avenue C.

Location ID:
74120
Latitude, Longitude:31.194525, -89.23546
Location Accuracy:7



15) M41A1 Walker Bulldog Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1348
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Other Identification: “US ARMY” and white stars painted on turret sides.

This M41 was previously in the Louisiana Museum of Military History, after which it went into storage at Lafayette Asphalt Co. (source: Tanklord). It is in a poor and rusted condition.


16) M42 Duster Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun American


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Unique ID: 1350
Serial Number: 380 (source: Tanklord).
Registration: “U S ARMY 40227677” painted on glacis and side stowage boxes.
Name:
Other Identification: White stars painted on glacis, hull rear and side stowage boxes.

This M42 was previously in the Louisiana Museum of Military History, after which it went into storage at Lafayette Asphalt Co. (source: Tanklord). According to its data plate it was manufactured by the American Car and Foundry Company. It is in a poor and rusted condition.


17) M26 Pershing Tank American


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Unique ID: 1362
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Other Identification: “218” daubed on left turret side.


18) M26 Pershing Tank American


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Unique ID: 1363
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19) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


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3
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Unique ID: 1364
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Other Identification: White stars painted on turret sides.

This M47 was previously in the Louisiana Museum of Military History, after which it went into storage at Lafayette Asphalt Co. It is an Italian rebuild with an ORMeC data plate welded on the hull rear. (Source: Tanklord).


20) M48 Patton Tank American


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Unique ID: 1365
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Other Identification: “US ARMY” and white stars painted on turret sides.


21) M48 Patton Tank American


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Unique ID: 1366
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Other Identification: Painted in green, sand and cream camouflage scheme.


22) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1367
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23) M103A2 Heavy Tank American


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2
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Unique ID: 1368
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Other Identification: Painted in a three colour camouflage scheme.

This M103 was originally a gate guard at Fort Polk while the 5th Infantry Division was stationed there, and it retains the three colour CARC camouflage scheme that 5th ID painted it. Later it was displayed in the Louisiana Museum of Military History, after which it went into storage at Lafayette Asphalt Co. (source: Tanklord). At Fort Polk in 1989-91 it displayed was beside the entrance road at Highway 71 (source: D. Moriarty).


24) M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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Unique ID: 1358
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Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

Secondary Storage Area

This area is close to Transportation Avenue.

Location ID:
74125
Latitude, Longitude:31.190895, -89.22411
Location Accuracy:7



25) M60 Tank American


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5
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Unique ID: 1379
Serial Number: 167: consistent with registration number (source: J. Daneri).
Registration: 9B3211: “9B3211” stamped into glacis (source: Tanklord).
Name:
Other Identification: “6 6 7 7” stamped vertically into front towing lug (source: Tanklord). White stars painted on glacis and turret sides.

This M60 was previously in the Louisiana Museum of Military History (when it took part in local parades), after which it went into storage at Lafayette Asphalt Co. It was in running order when parked at Lafayette Asphalt, though the hydraulic system for main gun elevation was not working. (Source: Tanklord). This tank has gone through a rebuild as indicated by the later armoured air cleaner units, and also the removal of the M2 .50 calibre stowage bracket from the rear of the turret bustle, an unusual modification (source: J. Daneri).


26) M60A3 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1420
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This is one of two M60A3s that were formerly in front of the VA centre outside Camp Shelby’s South Gate, along Highway 49 (source: J. Daneri).


27) M60A3 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1421
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This is one of two M60A3s that were formerly in front of the VA centre outside Camp Shelby’s South Gate, along Highway 49 (source: J. Daneri).

MATES Area

These vehicles are located at the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES), Camp Shelby Training Center, between 15th and 16th Streets.

Location ID:
74130
Latitude, Longitude:31.18637, -89.21863
Location Accuracy:7



28) M60 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1369
Serial Number: 879 (source: J. Daneri).
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This M60 was produced at Detroit (source: J. Daneri).


29) M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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3
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Unique ID: 1357
Serial Number: BMY579 (source: J. Daneri).
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177 Armor Brigade HQ

This tank is located at the 177th Armor Brigade’s HQ, 1st Army East (source: J. Daneri).

Location ID:
74140
Latitude, Longitude:31.19524, -89.22511
Location Accuracy:6



30) M60 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1371
Serial Number: 1942 (source: J. Daneri).
Registration:
Name: “MUDCAT” painted on bore evacuator sides.
Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

This M60 was produced at Detroit. It has been reflagged from 87th Division. (Source: J. Daneri).

Recovery Range



Location ID:
74150
Latitude, Longitude:31.190336, -89.188814
Location Accuracy:6



31) M60A3 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1372
Serial Number: 2439A, but previously 3259 as an M60A1 (source: J. Daneri).
Registration: JJ04J0 (source: J. Daneri).
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This M60 was upgraded from M60A1 to M60A3 at Anniston Army Depot (source: J. Daneri).