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On my trip to the beach
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:41 am
Post subject: On my trip to the beach

Most folks going down to the ocean would take a camera to take pictures of teh scenerary on the sand right? Wink Well I found something safer to use the digital camera on with my wife along Wink

On the way down I used Neils list of AFV monuments to plan a side trip through Millsboro Deleware. After driving through what I saw of the town and not finding Ameriucan Legion post 28 with a tank in front of it I stopped at the Post office and asked "Can you direct me to American Legion" The clerk looked at me with a blank stare and said "Which one" "Post 28" (still no comprehension) "It has a tank in front of it." The lightbulb went on!
Turns out it is about 4 miles outside of the town, past the chicken factory.

I%20think%20this%20may%20be%20the%20serial%20number 6370?%20%20There%20was%20also%20a%20cast%20in%20serial%20number%20on%20the%20rear%20hull%20and%20a%20bunch%20of%20stamped%20numbers%20on%20the%20turret Well%20the%20next%20evening%20we%20went%20out%20for%20crabcakes%20with%20my%20Brother%20and%20Sister%20in%20law%20and%20on%20the%20way%20to%20dinner%20I%20saw%20a%20sign%20for%20Berlin,%20Md.%20%20I%20thought%20I%20remembered%20Neils%20list%20saying%20there%20was%20a%20tank%20there%20at%20a%20VFW%20or%20American%20Legion%20so%20I%20asked%20how%20far%20out%20of%20our%20way%20it%20was.%20Not%20far%20and%20on%20the%20way%20back%20we%20found%20this Now%20a%20barely%20readable%20plaque%20on%20it%20says%20it%20is%20an%20M4A2%20so%20here%20is%20the%20Engine%20grill%20which%20should%20prove%20or%20disprove%20that

I've got more picture I can post later, all hatches were open so you can get a pretty good view of the inside.

When I looked at my hardcopy of Neils list that night I noticed Berlin, MD isn't on it so I'll have to figure where I remembered it from! Neil I'll send you details. I also want to run some of them by Joe DeMarco.

I tried to get pictures of the M60A1 at the NG Armory at Annapolis but after finely figuring how to get from the highway to the building they have the whole site inside a chainlink fence with all gates locked! So maybe some other time. But I'll take a Sherman and an M48A1 over an M60 anytime!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:14 pm
Post subject: Re: On my trip to the beach

A weight classification of "45" seems a little light for a 48, but it looks fairly presentable.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 2:17 pm
Post subject: Re: On my trip to the beach

Hey,
I love my M60's, somebody has too. I imagine Shermans were thought of the same way 40 years ago when they were all over the place. Now people wish some one captured more info on them when there were more around Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 7:38 pm
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I look forward to the interior shots of the Sherman!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:22 am
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I look forward to the interior shots of the Sherman!!!


I'll try to get some up tonight but be warned they are all in various shades of Rust. Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:11 pm
Post subject: Re: On my trip to the beach

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Now a barely readable plaque on it says it is an M4A2 so here is the Engine grill which should prove or disprove that


It's an A3. The grill doors on an A2 don't extend as far back to the hull rear nor the they as wide as the ones on this tank.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:50 pm
Post subject: Re: On my trip to the beach

I promised some more shots of the M4 at Berlin MD. Here are some interior shots. I was dressed to go out with the family so I wasn't prepared to worm my way through hatches or lay on the deck to get pictures. So I just stuck the camera through some of the hatches and clicked. I went into the Legion and asked the Bartender if I could climb on the tank to take pictures for an internet armor discussion group. She told me the hatches are premaently open because kids were lifting them and getting hurt

First picture is looking aft through the drivers hatch

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