So I just got back from going to what's left of the Patton Museum with a former coworker of mine (served 15 months in Iraq during the invasion as a Bradley gunner..funnily enough his name is also Bradley).
It was a sad sight.
For those that don't know (probably everyone) the armored unit that was stationed at Ft Knox is being moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia. And in doing so they're moving almost all of the historical armor(and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars) from the Patton Museum to there. The Patton Museum is shutting down completely Sept 7 and being replaced with a museum focusing only on Patton and his unit instead of Patton and armor in general. Though his death car is still there..which is pretty cool.
I was sad to see the yard outside where 75% of the tanks are gone. The M26 Pershing is gone..the last surviving T28 is gone....the Huey helicopter that was on a pole is gone.. The only things left outside was a M10 Wolverine, M7 Priest, a M4 Sherman Easy Eight, some other Patton-looking tank we couldn't remember what it was, a M113 APC, some 'nam-era self propelled artillery, and a towed howitzer. Inside pretty much everything is still there and I hope it stays that way. There's still a WW1 section (Renault tanks are funny btw..they have one there that was found in a junkyard in Afghanistan in 2005). There's a section that has a British WW1 tank that probably won't stay..it's funny..it's a mockup of a battlefield with a bunch of dummies dressed up as germans in a foxhole lobbing a grenade(which is suspended midair) at the tank..that has a side cannon pointed right at them. The M24 Chaffee, King Tiger, T-34-85 and several other vehicles(T72, M1 Abrams, M8 Greyhound, etc. etc.) are still there..for now. I hope the KT stays there..I was actually nervous walking around the thing because it was so bloody massive. There is an opening cut into the side with plexiglass over it so people can see inside..I wouldn't want to serve in one. The ammo stowage was horrendous..the ammo was lined up along the inside sides of the tank and were uncovered. Sure nothing could really penetrate it at the time..but it would SUCK to be the crew if something did come through.
Man..I should have brought a camera with me..then again I don't know if they were even allowed.
Screw you Georgia, I hope you enjoy all our cool tanks, you (words I can't say here).