Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
To address a firepower deficit the M48 Patton had, the new M60 carried the 105 mm M68. This gun had increased penetration over the 90mm of the Patton while maintaining 7 rounds per minute. The gun rated superior to others in accuracy, lethality, range, and penetration to competing guns. Ammunition was also shared with a comparable
The armor was very similar to the outgoing M48, this changed with the M60A1. Armor was increased on both the upper glacis and turret to 10 inch equivalent. This made it far more survivable for crews. Even though it entered service in 1960, it didn't see combat until 1991 in the Persian Gulf War. Bridge laying and combat engineering versions did deploy in Vietnam but no combat units did. In the Persian Gulf only one tank was lost with no casualties. The Air Force fielded a detachment as well for ordnance disposal duties. Most of its life was relegated to training for a war that would never come. Throughout the Cold War it was believed combat would take place in Eastern Europe and the camouflage schemes reflected this, like the summer verdant seen on this example. This pattern was easily modified to change with the seasons in Europe. Though they began to be limited and more rear echelon roles through 2005. The M60 still serves in the MBT role with other nations today.
Height - 10 feet 6.5 inches
Width - 11 feet 11 inches
Length - 22 feet 9 inches
Weight - 120,000 lbs.
Speed - 30 mph on road
Range - 300 miles
Armament - 105 mm M68 Cannon
Hull - Cast
Engine - Continental
Did you know?
Though developed from the Patton series of tanks the M60 was never officially give the Patton name. However it is still called Patton by many and in popular culture.
Upper Right: 24th Infantry Division maneuvering M60A1's during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE in 1979.
Photo Source: National Archives
Erected by USS Alabama Memorial Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 1957.
Location. 30° 40.982′ N, 88° 0.87′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battleship Parkway and Old Spanish Trail (U.S. 89). The marker is located in the northeastern section of the USS Alabama Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M26 Pershing (a few steps from this marker); M42 Duster (a few steps from this marker); T-55 Main Battle Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); Tristan de Luna y Arellano (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 6-Pounder Saluting Gun (about 300 feet away); The Five Crommelin Brothers of Alabama (about 300 feet away); Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company (about 400 feet away); Horace O. Davis (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
More about this marker. The marker is located on the outside section of the USS Alabama Memorial Park. There is a parking fee and entry fee required to visit the exhibits at the park.
Also see . . . M60 Tank.
The M60 is an American second-generation main battle tank (MBT). It was officially standardized as the Tank, Combat, Full Tracked: 105-mm Gun, M60 in March 1959. Although developed from the M48 Patton, the M60 tank series was never officially christened as a Patton tank. The US Army considered it a "product-improved descendant" of the Patton tank's design. The design similarities are evident comparing the original version of the M60 and the M48A2. It has been sometimes informally grouped as a member of the Patton tank family. The United States fully committed to the MBT doctrine in 1963, when the Marine Corps retired the last (M103) heavy tank battalion. The M60 tank series became America's(Submitted on February 4, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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