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

M19A1 "Duster"

United States

— Production---1944-1945 —

 
 
M19A1 "Duster" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 21, 2022
1. M19A1 "Duster" Marker
Inscription.  
Type: Self- Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Motor Carriage
Manufacturer: Cadillac Division of General Motors
Weight: 38,500 lbs
Armament: Twin 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Guns
Engine: Two Cadillac V-8 Model 44T24, 110 hp each
Max Speed: 30 mph
Crew: 6

Designed to replace the World War II era Half-Track mounted anti-aircraft batteries, the M19 could also use its guns to combat armored opponents. The armor-piercing rounds had a range of 9,475 yards when fired at a horizontal target, 7,625 yards when fired at aircraft. The M19 was replaced by the M42 Dusters in the 1950s.

Dusters were used by the Louisiana National Guard 105th Anti-Aircraft Battalion after World War II until 1 Jul 1959 and then the 4th Automatic Weapons Battalion (Support), 141st Air Defense Artillery until May 1963.

SN:119; Object ID# 666923
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 31° 22.203′ N, 92° 24.244′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on E Street west
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of 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. M37 Dodge Weapons Carrier (here, next to this marker); M2 155mm Field Gun (here, next to this marker); Willys M38A1 Truck "Jeep" (a few steps from this marker); M4A3 "Sherman" Tank (a few steps from this marker); M56 Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun (a few steps from this marker); Caterpillar No. 33 Pull Grader (a few steps from this marker); M113A2 Armored Personnel Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker); M26 Pershing Tank (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.
 
M19A1 "Duster" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 21, 2022
2. M19A1 "Duster" 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 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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