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M59 Armored Personnel Carrier

Pennsylvania Military Museum

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
1. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier Marker
Inscription. Open topped half-track personnel carriers in use during World War II did not adequately protect occupants from small arms fire and shrapnel. The U.S. Army developed APCs, or armored personnel carriers, to solve the problem. These sturdy vehicles were built like small tanks. In them, infantry soldiers could travel into battle in relative safety.

About the M59 APC
Date accepted: 1953
Total built: 6,300
Manufacturer: FMC Corporation
Crew: 12 men (Driver and Commander in the front; squad of ten men in the rear)
Armament: .50 caliber machine gun at Commander's cupola
Armor: .625" at front, rear, and sides
Engine: Twin GMC Model 302; 6 cylinder, 4 cycle, inline gasoline
Horsepower: 254 @ 3350 rpm
Maximum speed (road): 32 mph
Maximum speed (water): 4.3 mph

The M59 APC could carry a squad of ten infantry soldiers over land or through water. The vehicle's fully enclosed body protected the forces within from small arms fire. With the seats folded up, an Army jeep could drive right into the carrier compartment.

The M59 series APC was an improvement over earlier, more costly models. But the cheaper domestic engines installed in the vehicles left them underpowered. As a result, the M59 never saw combat. It was replaced by the M113 series in the 1960s.
 
Location.
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By Carolyn Martienssen, March 9, 2015
2. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier Marker
40° 46.872′ N, 77° 47.821′ W. Marker is in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Old Boalsburg Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the parking lot for the Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division Shrine. Marker is in this post office area: Boalsburg PA 16827, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ordnance QF, 4.5-inch Howitzer Mark II (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin 40mm Self-propelled Gun, M42A1 Duster (within shouting distance of this marker); 103rd Engineers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M4A1(76)W General Sherman Tank (about 300 feet away); Headquarters Troop 28th Division (about 400 feet away); 28th Division Shrine (about 400 feet away); Coshocton Train Wreck (about 400 feet away); M114A2 Towed 155mm Howitzer (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boalsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier. Detailed specifications of the M59. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
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By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
3. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier and Marker
M59 Armored Personnel Carrier image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
4. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,413 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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