Near Ashland in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
M60 Main Battle Tank
The Patton series of tanks are named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army during WWII, and one of the ﬁrst American advocates for the use of tanks in battle.
The M60 Patton battle tank entered active duty in 1960, and was manufactured in the USA by Chrysler Corp as an upgrade from the previous standard, the M48. The M60’s design innovations included better armor protection in the form of a new hull made of a single piece of steel casting, an improved main armament, three support rollers per side instead of ﬁve, and lighter weight rugged road wheels made of aluminum instead of steel.
American design ingenuity made the new M60 a tough, efficient battle tank that needed little refueling and servicing. With a fuel capacity of 385 gallons and the power of a Continental V-12 twin turbo-charged diesel engine in its belly, the M60 Patton had a maximum speed of 30MPH, and an increased operational range of over 300 miles. its combat weight was 52 tons, and it was manned by a crew of four men. The M60 Patton (and its various upgrades) served as the U.S. Army’s primary battle tank for
Deeded by the US Army to this post for perpetual care, this M-60 Battle Tank was placed on-site 23 June 2007 through the cooperative efforts of VFW post 10657 and the Virginia Military Vehicle Association. The funding was supplied by VFW post 10657, and the mechanical, service, and transportation functions were supplied by the VAMVA.
This tank display represents to all, the power this country has exerted in the cause of freedom in our country and around the world. The tank that won the Cold War.
Erected by VFW Post 10657.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Cold • War, World I.
Location. 37° 42.729′ N, 77° 30.236′ W. Marker is near Ashland, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cedar Lane (Virginia Route 623) west of Holly Berry Road (Virginia Route 727), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11568 Cedar Lane, Ashland VA 23005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stuart's Ride Around McClellan Begins (approx. half a mile away); Early Stages of Stuart's Ride Around McClellan (approx. ¾ mile away); Box Car (approx. 2.4 miles away); Steel Coach (approx. 2½ miles away); U.S. Railway Post Office Car (approx. 2½ miles away); Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company (approx. 2½ miles away); Caboose (approx. 2½ miles away); Meadow Farm (approx. 2.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. VFW Post 10657. "Veterans Serving Veterans" (Submitted on December 19, 2014.)
2. M60 Patton. Wikipedia (Submitted on December 19, 2014.)
3. M60A3 Main Battle Tank, United States of America. (Submitted on December 19, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.