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post #1 of 9 Old 08-22-2010, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Patton Museum..

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.

In short:
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The training units 2/81 and 1/81 plus the cav scout are still pretty far away from getting out of there. As of right now FT Knox is still the home of Armor. The thing is I know they are officially moving now but they were suppose to be moving when i went through echo 2/81 for training seven years ago. TANKER LEAD THE WAY!
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Almost everything out on the lawn outside is gone..except for like 4 vehicles.



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There are only 2 KT's that I know for sure are in the US, the one at Ft. Knox and one that is a complete cutaway at Aberdeen Proving grounds in Maryland. I've read that the US had 3 at the end of the war in 45, but I haven't read or heard anything about what happened to the third KT we had.

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Yeah..the KT is massive.
I need to go back down there before the 7th and take pictures of what's left..because most of it won't be there when they redesign the place.



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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.
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Man..I should have brought a camera with me..then again I don't know if they were even allowed.

In short:
Screw you Georgia, I hope you enjoy all our cool tanks, you (words I can't say here).
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Well..there's still going to be infantry there.



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there is actually not to much infantry at Knox. The only way they would be there is to be outside there assigned job scope in a special duty. Fort Knox is the home of Armor and is now being turned into the largest adminstrative center for the US military
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Yes, I know that Ft Knox is the home of Armor..but that Armor is getting moved to Georgia.
There may not be much infantry left over..but there will be some.



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