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UNIQUE ID 1218: M48A2C TANK

Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, USA

(Location: Solitary Vehicles)


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Unique ID: 1218
Added to Database: 30 May 2010
Last Edited: 30 May 2010
Type (ID): M48 Patton (1660)
Model (ID): M48A2C (1668)
Location Category (ID): Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor (67010)
Location (ID): Solitary Vehicles (67050)
Serial Number: 1052
Registration: “US ARMY 09177569” previously painted on side stowage boxes.
Name: “SUE” previously painted on sides of bore evacuator.
Other Identification: White star painted on glacis. Plaque attached to glacis plate. Previous markings: “M-48A2-C” (before that “2B.34Δ”) painted on front right mud flap. “1959” (before that “A 21”) painted on front left mud flap. White stars painted on turret sides.
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Location History:
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1: American Locomotive Company, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA (Primary manufacturer of base M48A2 - vehicles upgraded from 1959)
2: Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (Current location)


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Text in original Preserved Tanks In USA publication:

This Patton is on display with two other tanks (previously two helicopters and an M113 A.P.C.) on Stithton Traffic Circle, at the intersection of Chaffee Avenue with Knox Street. It was acquired from the Army in October 1972. For some time it carried markings that were a copy of those on an M48A3 nick-named ‘Sue’ which took part in a heroic action during the Vietnam War, and for which its commander was posthumously decorated. It has a plaque attached to the glacis that reads as follows:

M48A3 MEDIUM TANK
THE M48A3 MEDIUM TANK
“SUE” IS A REPLICA OF THE MAIN
BATTLE TANK IN WHICH SERGEANT
GARY P. HERSCHBERGER WAS KILLED
IN ACTION, 25 NOVEMBER 1969
WHILE SERVING AS A TANK COMMANDER
WITH COMPANY A, 2D BATTALION,
34TH ARMOR IN THE REPUBLIC OF
VIETNAM. SERGEANT HERSCHBERGER
WAS AWARDED THE SECOND OAK
LEAF CLUSTER TO THE SILVER STAR
FOR THE HEROIC MANNER IN WHICH
HE COMMANDED HIS TANK, SHOWERING
DEVASTATING FIRE UPON ENEMY
POSITIONS AT THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
OF HIS OWN LIFE. THE M48A3 TANK WAS
USED BY AMERICAN ARMOR UNITS
THROUGHOUT THE VIETNAM CONFLICT.



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April 2007

Right view
1: Right view

Taken: 29 April 2007
Contributor: R. Steinbrunn
Photo ID: 3307
Added: 31 May 2010
Filename: 009-1_M4...
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Front right view
2: Front right view

Taken: 29 April 2007
Contributor: R. Steinbrunn
Photo ID: 3308
Added: 1 June 2010
Filename: 010_M48_...
Views: 123
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Plaque on glacis
3: Plaque on glacis

Taken: 29 April 2007
Contributor: R. Steinbrunn
Photo ID: 3309
Added: 1 June 2010
Filename: 011_M48_...
Views: 79
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2003

Close-up
4: Close-up

Taken: 2003 (Estimated)
Contributor: D. Moriarty
Photo ID: 3294
Added: 30 May 2010
Filename: M48A2C3_...
Views: 106
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June 1983

Front left view
5: Front left view

Taken: 30 June 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3269
Added: 30 May 2010
Filename: Scan_M48...
Views: 73
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Front left view
6: Front left view

Taken: 30 June 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3270
Added: 30 May 2010
Filename: Scan_M48...
Views: 70
Select/Has Priority: 21/0
    



 

Front view
7: Front view

Taken: 30 June 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3271
Added: 30 May 2010
Filename: Scan_M48...
Views: 77
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Front right view
8: Front right view

Taken: 30 June 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3272
Added: 30 May 2010
Filename: Scan_M48...
Views: 75
Select/Has Priority: 21/0
    



Right view
9: Right view

Taken: 30 June 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3273
Added: 30 May 2010
Filename: Scan_M48...
Views: 97
Select/Has Priority: 21/0