Andover in Tolland County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon history
Baldwin, of the 169th Regiment, 43rd Division, dismantled and packed the cannon parts into a crate headed for the United States through the U.S. Navy to Capt. George Elliot of Manchester, CT, Company Commander of the 169th Regiment,43rd Division. The cannon was then donated to the Manchester VFW Post 2046 on East Center Street in 1945.
In the spring of 2016, retired 1st Sgt. Gerry Wright of Andover, located the cannon at the VFW Post which was preparing to sell their building. Working with the Department of Army Donations in Michigan and the Post Commander, Robert Russell, the cannon was restored and given a new home in Andover, CT on September 17, 2016. This war-trophy remains as a reminder of a long, hard-fought war and a successful conquest.
The cannon still belongs to the U.S. Government Department of Defense. The town of Andover is the custodian of the weapon.
Topics. This memorial is War, World II.
Location. 41° 44.299′ N, 72° 22.078′ W. Marker is in Andover, Connecticut, in Tolland County. Memorial is at the intersection of Monument Lane (U.S. 6) and Connecticut Route 316, on the right when traveling east on Monument Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andover CT 06232, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battlefield Cross (here, next to this marker); Agent Orange (here, next to this marker); Andover Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Andover World War II Korean War Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Andover Creamery Company (a few steps from this marker); Andover Vietnam Era Monument (a few steps from this marker); Constitution Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Andover Center (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andover.
Also see . . . 37 mm anti-tank gun. (Submitted on December 19, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.