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Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

M2 155mm Field Gun

United States

— Production---1940-1945 —

 
 
M2 155mm Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 21, 2022
1. M2 155mm Field Gun Marker
Inscription.  
Type: Towed Field Artillery
Weight: 30,600 lbs (15.3 tons)
Rate of fire: 40 rounds per hour
Range: 14.7 miles
Ammunition: 155 mm projectile, separate charge
Crew: 14
Number Built: 1,882

The "Long Tom" Field Gun was developed to replace the French designed Canon de 155 mm GPF, a piece of artillery the United States relied on heavily during World War I. This gun was used as a heavy field weapon during World War II and the Korean War. The new split-trail carriage featured an eight-wheel integral two-axle bogie and a two- wheel limber that supported the trails for transport. Variants included the M1 and the M2, which was later known as the M59.
Every Infantry Division such as the Louisiana National Guard's 31st and later the 39th, had a battery of 155mm Towed Artillery for direct and general support.
SN: 200435; Object ID# 666927
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 31° 22.205′ N, 92° 24.241′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana,
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in Rapides Parish. Marker is on E Street near 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pineville LA 71360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M19A1 "Duster" (here, next to this marker); M4A3 "Sherman" Tank (here, next to this marker); M37 Dodge Weapons Carrier (a few steps from this marker); Caterpillar No. 33 Pull Grader (a few steps from this marker); Willys M38A1 Truck "Jeep" (a few steps from this marker); M56 Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); M26 Pershing Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); M113A2 Armored Personnel Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
 
More about this marker. Streets given are inside Camp Beauregard. Located on the grounds of the Louisiana National Guard, Camp Beauregard base. The Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum is located on site. Highly recommend checking before a visit to make sure base/museum is opened and accessible to civilians, as it is an active military base.
 
M2 155mm Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 21, 2022
2. M2 155mm Field Gun Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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