M59 Armored Personnel Carrier
— 1953-1960 —
Type: Armored Personnel Carrier
Manufacturer: FMC Corporation
Weight: 42,600 lbs (21.3 tons)
Armament: .50 caliber M2 Machine Gun and 2,205 rounds
Engine: Two GMC Model 302 Six-cylinder, 292 hp combined
Max Speed: 32 mph, Operational Range: 120 miles
Crew: 2 plus 10 passengers
The M59 APC was developed as an amphibious, low-cost replacement for the M75. Two civilian truck engines and reduced armor kept production costs down but ultimately proved unfavorable. It was replace by the M113 armored personnel carriers in the 1960s.
Used by Louisiana National Guard 165th Transportation Battalion through the late 1950s to early 1960s.
SN: 12A759; Object ID# 896749
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 29° 57.549′ N, 90° 0.371′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Chenault Boulevard near North Claiborne Avenue (Highway 39). 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
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.
Also see . . . Geaux Guard Museum website. (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.