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New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

M20 Scout Car "Greyhound"

United States

 

— 1943-1944 —

 
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By Cajun Scrambler, September 11, 2020
1. M-20 Scout Car "Greyhound" Marker
Inscription.  
Type: Armored Utility Car
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Weight: 17,400 lbs (8.7 ton)
Armament: Ring Mounted .50 caliber Machine Gun
Engine Hercules JXD, 6 cylinder, 110 hp.
Max Speed: 56 mph Operation Range: 350 miles
Crew: 4 - driver, commander/loader, gunner, assistant driver

The M20 version of the M8 Greyhound had the turret replaced with a low, armored open-topped superstructure and an anti-aircraft ring mount for a .50 cal. M2 heavy machine gun. A bazooka was provided to compensate for a lack of anti-armor weaponry. The M20 was used primarily for field command, reconnaissance and scouting duties. Lightly armored, it relied on speed to protect it from enemy fire. The tires were designed with "run-flat" capability, which would allow them to automatically seal when punctured.

This vehicle is the type that was issued to the commander of mobile units during World War II such as the Louisiana National Guard 773rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.

Object ID# 1546
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location.

M-20 Scout Car "Greyhound" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cajun Scrambler, September 11, 2020
2. M-20 Scout Car "Greyhound" Marker
29° 57.571′ N, 90° 0.361′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Chenault Boulevard south of North Claiborne Avenue (State Highway 39), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4209 Chenault Boulevard, New Orleans LA 70117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M161A "Half Track" (a few steps from this marker); Douglas A-26B Invader "Solid" Nose (a few steps from this marker); M4A3 "Sherman Tank" (a few steps from this marker); M75 Armored Personnel Carrier (a few steps from this marker); M19A1 "Duster" (within shouting distance of this marker); M42A1 "Duster" (within shouting distance of this marker); North American F-100D "Super Sabre" (within shouting distance of this marker); M59 Armored Personnel Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
 
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Louisiana National Guard, Jackson Barracks base. The Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History & Weapons Museum is located on site. Museum is opened M-Sat 10-4. Highly recommend checking before a visit to make sure base/museum is opened and accessible to civilians, as it is an active military base.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.
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