Harris Township in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
M4A1(76)W General Sherman Tank
Pennsylvania Military Museum
Nearly 50,000 M4 Sherman tanks saw service in all theaters of World War II and in Korea. They served as the main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps. Pennsylvania foundries in Coraopolis, Eddystone, Lebanon, Sharon, Bernham, and Pittsburgh all produced Sherman tank parts during the war. Union Steel Castings, Pittsburgh, made the turret of this tank.
This later version of the Sherman tank never saw action in World War II. Its placement here honors the 707th Tank Battalion. The 707th supported the Pennsylvania 28th Infantry Division during brutal fighting in the Hurtgen Forest in November 1944.
About the M4A1(76)W Sherman Tank
First Accepted: 1944
Manufacturer: Pressed Steel Co., Chicago, Illinois (Turret produced in Pittsburgh, PA)
Total Built: 50,000
Crew: 5 men (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver, Assistant Driver)
Armament: 76mm gun, two .30 caliber M1919A4 machine guns (one coaxial to 76mm, one in ball mount in front of assistant driver), .50 caliber machine gun on top of turret on one of several mounting positions
Armor at front and on turret: 2.5" thick
Engine: Continental R975
Horsepower: 400 @ 2,400 rpm
Maximum road speed: 21 mph
The M4A1(76)W HVSS offered improvements over earlier models. It featured a larger 76mm gun, and a wet stowage system to protect ammunition from exploding when the tank was hit. HVSS stands for Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension, another upgrade.
In addition to the 76mm gun, the M4A1 Sherman came equipped with two .30 caliber machine guns and another .50 caliber machine gun mounted on top of the turret.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1944.
Location. 40° 46.824′ N, 77° 47.838′ W. Marker is in Harris Township, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Old Boalsburg Road, on the left when traveling north. Located near the entrance to the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boalsburg PA 16827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 28th Division Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters Troop 28th Division (within shouting distance of this marker); M114A2 Towed 155mm Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Ordnance QF, 4.5-inch Howitzer Mark II (within shouting distance of this marker); 112th Machine Gun Company (about 300 M59 Armored Personnel Carrier (about 300 feet away); 103rd Engineers (about 400 feet away); Twin 40mm Self-propelled Gun, M42A1 Duster (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harris Township.
More about this marker. On the right are photos of the M4A1(76)W Sherman tank in service.
Also see . . .
1. M4 Sherman Tank. Wikipedia article explaining the history of the tank. (Submitted on June 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Detailed Specification of the M4A1(76)W. (Submitted on June 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,864 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.