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Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

M42 Duster

 
 
M42 Duster Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
1. M42 Duster Marker
Inscription.

This M42 40mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun commonly referred to as "Duster" was built for the United States Army from 1952 until the end of 1959. A total of 3,700 M42 were built by the General Motors [Corp] under their tank division. The company used components from the M41 light tank in the development of the M42 Duster. The M42 was initially designed for an anti-aircraft role, however, it proved highly successful when used in the Vietnam War against unarmored ground forces. Pennsylvania National Guard had the M42 in the 3rd Automatic Weapons Battalion, 213th Artillery. The unit was re-organized as elements of the 3622d Maintenance Company and several batteries of the 108th Field Artillery. The M42 remained in service with National Guard units until 1988 when they were re-placed by improved Air Defense Artillery (ADA) systems such as the Stinger and Patriot missile systems.

Entered Service: 1952
Manufacturer: General Motors Corporation
Weight: 24.8 tons (loaded)
Length: 5.82 Meters (19.09 feet)
Width: 3.23 Meters (10.59 feet)
Height: 2.85 Meters (9.35 feet)
Crew: 4-6
Engine: Continental or Lycoming 6 cylinder air-cooled gasoline engine.
Horsepower: 500 hp
Max Speed: 72.42 km/h (45 mph)
Rang[e]: 160 km (99 miles)
Weapon System: It contained a M2A1 Bofors 40mm twin anti-aircraft

M42 Duster and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
2. M42 Duster and Marker
gun with 336-480 rounds (based on storage configuration) and either one M1919A4 Browning .30 caliber or an M60 7.62mm machine gun with 3,000 to 5,000 rounds.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
 
Location. 40° 25.946′ N, 76° 34.182′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Clement Avenue/Wiley Road, on the left when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M110 Howitzer (a few steps from this marker); M578 LRV (a few steps from this marker); M915A1 Line Haul Tractor (a few steps from this marker); M2/M59 Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Armored Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Clyde Grubb Lester Baver (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Smolik Bob Pacios (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint-Avold Tribute to 3rd American Army (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
 
Also see . . .
1. M42 Duster Tracked Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Vehicle. (Submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
M42 Duster image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
3. M42 Duster

2. Twin 40mm Self-propelled Gun M42. (Submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. M42 Duster antiaircraft defense. (Submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum. (Submitted on February 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. War, ColdWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 268 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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