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LEWIS ARMY MUSEUM, JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON, USA



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Location Category ID:
97100
Address:
Telephone: (253) 967-7207
Email: lewisdptmsmuseum [at] conus.army.mil (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: Closed for renovation, due to reopen November 2011.
Official Website: Lewis Army Museum
Other Links: Google Street View
Wikipedia
Panoramio
Latitude, Longitude: 47.10880798 , -122.60948181
Location Accuracy: 7
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The Fort Lewis Military Museum was originally established in 1971 in a two-storey barracks on main Fort Lewis. In July 1973 it was relocated and rededicated in the old Fort Lewis Inn, where it is now. The aim of the museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the military history of the Pacific Northwest, from the first major expedition to explore the region by Lewis and Clark in the early 1800s, to modern day Fort Lewis.
The larger exhibits are on display in an outside display park, across the courtyard from the museum building. These exhibits include wheeled and tracked vehicles, a train, missiles and artillery pieces.
The museum is currently closed.

External Display Area



Location ID:
97110
Latitude, Longitude:47.09739717, -122.6154846
Location Accuracy:7



1) M3A1 Stuart Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1407
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Other Identification: 217 stamped into front right tow lug (source: N. Baumgardner). White stars painted on hull sides and rear, and glacis.

The number 217 stamped into the front tow lug is too low to be the serial number for this model of Stuart and may indicate it has been fitted with the transmission cover from an earlier vehicle (source: K. Laughlin).


2) M5 High Speed Tractor American


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Unique ID: 1412
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This HST retains its engine and appears to be in relatively good condition (source: C. Sherman).


3) M24 Chaffee Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1408
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4) M42 Duster Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun American


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Unique ID: 1413
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Other Identification: White stars painted on hull sides and glacis, and rear right mud flap.

This M42 has spare gun barrels stowed on the left track guard.


5) M551A1 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank American


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11
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Unique ID: 1396
Serial Number: 12: “12” stamped into front left towing lug and bottom left glacis.
Registration: 13C507: “13C507” stamped into rear hull.
Name: “SABER PRIDE” painted on side of gun barrel.
Other Identification: “27”, “694”, “TOI” and “8” stamped into upper edge of rear right slope, next to the engine access hatch (source: C. Sherman). “B-16” painted on searchlight cover. “4-21D 2-1CAV” painted on right side of nose. “HQ-66” painted on left side of nose. Cavalry Branch guidon painted on cupola shield sides, “1” in top half, “2” in bottom half. Painted overall in a green, sand and black MERDC camouflage scheme.

This is a late model Sheridan without mine kit, with a slave receptacle outside and with a late style headlight guard; it may have come from 82nd Airborne (source: M. Holloway). It is therefore presumed to have come from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


6) M4A1E9 Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 1397
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Other Identification: Casting marks on front transmission housing and right turret side. White stars painted on hull sides, glacis and rear mud flaps.

This Sherman’s rear right mud flap is severely bent. The right turret side has the following casting marks:

5
2571
D50876 2

The transmission housing has the following casting marks (unconfirmed):

© E4188
2A1355
L0 L0


7) M55 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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Unique ID: 1409
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8) M60 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1402
Serial Number: 216: “216” just visible stamped into left side of upper engine deck.
Registration: 9B3332: “??3332” stamped into glacis. Registration is 9B3332 (source: A. Adams via N. Baumgardner/USAHAR).
Name:
Other Identification: “2I-3BDE” painted on right nose. “HQ 66” painted on left nose. Painted overall in a three colour camouflage scheme.

This M60 was previously displayed on grass but is now on a concrete pad. It is unusual in retaining original side-loading air cleaner boxes (source: binder001).


9) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1405
Serial Number: 75: “75” stamped in left side of upper engine deck.
Registration:
Name: “TOP GUN” painted in centre of dozer blade.
Other Identification: “2I-168E” painted on right side of dozer blade. “B 38” painted on left side of dozer blade. Painted overall in a three colour camouflage scheme.


10) M103A2 Heavy Tank American


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Unique ID: 1401
Serial Number: 168: “168” stamped into front towing lug. “68” visible stamped into left side of upper and lower engine decks.
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This M103 is almost certainly one disposed of from the USMCR tank company at Yakima, Washington (source: K. Estes).


11) 2S1 Self-Propelled Howitzer Soviet


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Unique ID: 1410
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Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

This 2S1 is ex-Iraqi (source: N. Baumgardner). It is assumed to have been captured in Iraq during the second Gulf War.


12) Type 69 Tank Soviet / Chinese


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Unique ID: 1406
Serial Number: B8861091: “B8861091” stamped into glacis.
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Other Identification: “61-7-120”? cast into rear left turret side. Painted overall desert sand.

This is an ex-Iraqi Type 69 captured during Operation Desert Storm (source: C. Sherman).


13) T-72 Tank Soviet


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Unique ID: 1411
Serial Number: K12BT4249 (source: N. Baumgardner).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

This T-72 is ex-Iraqi; it was previously at the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment Museum at Fort Polk, Louisiana (source: RhinoQ). It is assumed to have been captured in Iraq during the second Gulf War. It shows signs of damage, particularly on the left side.

LTC Herbert M. Mills Memorial

This memorial is located in North Fort Lewis, on C Street between 19th and 22nd Streets (source: C. Sherman). It has a plaque that reads:

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
LTC HERBERT M. MILLS
COMMANDER
1ST BATTALION 33RD ARMOR REGIMENT

KILLED IN ACTION NOVEMBER 1944, LEADING THE
BATTALION’S ATTACK ON THE TOWNS OF
SCHERPENSEEL AND HASTENRATH, GERMANY.
FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM, HE WAS
POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED
SERVICE CROSS.

”Greater love hath no man than this, that he
lay down his life for his friends.”
JOHN 15:13

DEDICATED DECEMBER 1998


Location ID:
97112
Latitude, Longitude:47.13047493, -122.59834997
Location Accuracy:7



14) M4A1 (76) Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 1398
Serial Number: 52499: Retrieved by museum staff from the data plate (source: K. Laughlin).
Turret: 1885 (“2 1885” cast into sides, “1885” cast into roof).
Transmission cover: 0818 (“[G] E8543 C 0818 LO-” cast into underside).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Cavalry Branch guidon painted on turret sides: “1” in top half, “8” in bottom half (previously “8” / “2”, before that “14” / “2”). White stars painted on hull sides and glacis.

According to museum staff both Fort Lewis Shermans came from Germany (source: N. Baumgardner). In 2000 they had been on display side by side next to an armour unit headquarters (source: K. Laughlin).
One of the hatches on this M4A1 is open and its interior appears to be largely complete; it retains its radial engine (source: C. Sherman). This markings on its transmission cover indicate that the cover was manufactured by American Steel Foundries, Granite Works (“[G]”), Illinois; it is a late production version (“E8543”, source: P.-O. Buan) with serial number 0818.


15) M60 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1404
Serial Number: 1209: “1209” stamped into side of upper and lower engine decks.
Registration: 9B4544 (source: N. Baumgardner).
Name: “MIGHTY M.O.W.” painted on bore evacuator sides.
Other Identification: “HIGH TANK T.T. VIII” and crew names painted on glacis. “25I1-33Δ” painted on right nose. “HQ-67” painted on left nose. “?B30101 55” stamped into right access plate on lower rear hull. White stars painted on turret sides. Painted overall grey.

The turret roof of this M60 has the following casting marks

1470565
SER 1267
DCF 7-61

14th Cavalry Memorial

This location is on Stryker Avenue, on the southwest edge of the airfield, between Woodkill Drive and South 22nd Street (source: C. Sherman). The memorial has a plaque that reads:

SUIVEZ MOI
Dedicated To The Troopers
Of The 14th Cavalry
Past And Present

14

1st Squadron          2nd Squadron
15 September 2000     16 May 2002


Location ID:
97114
Latitude, Longitude:47.07181164, -122.58234054
Location Accuracy:7



16) M4A1 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 1399
Serial Number: Turret: 2428 (“2 2428” cast into turret sides).
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Other Identification: Cavalry Branch guidon painted on turret sides, “14” in top half, nothing in bottom half. White stars painted on hull sides and glacis.

This Sherman has an unusual cupola mounted on a spacing ring. It is missing its bow machine gun mount. According to museum staff both Fort Lewis Shermans came from Germany (source: N. Baumgardner). In 2000 they had been on display side by side next to an armour unit headquarters (source: K. Laughlin).

3rd Division Drive

This location is on the west side of 3rd Division Dr, between Kyle and Libby Avenues (source: C. Sherman).

Location ID:
97116
Latitude, Longitude:47.07869139, -122.56761521
Location Accuracy:7



17) M44 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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Unique ID: 1437
Serial Number: 571: “571” stamped into data plate.
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Name: “VIKINGS” painted on gun barrel sides.
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This M44 is in good condition and the interior is largely complete (source: C. Sherman). It is on display surrounded by a low chain fence.

Range Control

This location is at the intersection of Kaufman Avenue and Stryker Avenue. The M47, M60 and an M113 armoured personnel carrier are on public display; the other vehicles are in outside storage.

Location ID:
97120
Latitude, Longitude:47.08958392, -122.62090668
Location Accuracy:7



18) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


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Unique ID: 1400
Serial Number: 29: “29” stamped into front left towing lug.
Turret: 73 (“SER 73” cast into turret roof).
Registration:
Name: “HOFFMAN” painted on bore evacuator sides.
Other Identification: Pistol port on left turret side. Numbers cast into hull front. “US ARMY” painted on side stowage boxes. White stars painted on turret sides, front mud flaps and glacis.

This is an ex-Italian M47. Its rebuild plate is missing from the hull rear but its mounting plate remains. (Source: C_Sherman). It is displayed at the corner of Kaufman and Stryker Avenues, opposite the Range Control building. It has an early design of turret with a welded up pistol port on the left side. The turret top has the following casting marks (source: K. Laughlin):

7337163
SER 73
[G]

The hull front has the following casting marks:

7354040
HT – SER
8273 © N75


19) M60 Tank American


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Unique ID: 1403
Serial Number: 1270: “1270” stamped into side of upper and lower engine decks and front left tow lug.
Registration: 9B4606 (source: N. Baumgardner).
Name:
Other Identification: White stars painted on turret sides and glacis. Painted overall grey.

This M60 is displayed in the car park in front of the Range Control building.


20) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1414
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This M728 is in a fenced enclosure near Range Control (source: N. Baumgardner).


21) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1415
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This M728 is in a fenced enclosure near Range Control (source: N. Baumgardner).


22) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1416
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This M728 is in a fenced enclosure near Range Control (source: N. Baumgardner).


23) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1417
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This M728 is in a fenced enclosure near Range Control (source: N. Baumgardner).


24) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1418
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This M728 is in a fenced enclosure near Range Control (source: N. Baumgardner).


25) M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 1419
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This M728 is in a fenced enclosure near Range Control (source: N. Baumgardner).