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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Defender of Pusan

8 Inch Howitzer, M1

 
 
Defender of Pusan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
1. Defender of Pusan Marker
Inscription. The 8 Inch Howitzer was a large-caliber field artillery piece, which provided long-range fire support to Army combat units during World War II (where it was first fielded in 1944), the Korean War, Vietnam, and Cold War. Based on the British 8 Inch Howitzer design, this heavy artillery piece was mounted on a M1 carriage that was created to handle its excessive weight. When attached to a Heavy Carriage Limber, M2, the entire assembly was pulled by a Cannon Transport Wagon, M1. Improved upon throughout its service life to include other large field pieces and self-propelled versions, the 8-inch Howitzer was eventually employed within NATO forces as a method of firing nuclear projectiles. It remained in U.S. Service into the 1990s.

“The 8 inch cannons were very impressive [and] accurate with good fire control. If fire control was good we could put the shell in [the]opening of a bunker (target) six miles away!”
Sergeant First Class Edward F. Brufke, Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Battalion
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.2′ N, 77° 9.479′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage

Insert - 8 inch Howitzer in combat image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
2. Insert - 8 inch Howitzer in combat
Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corporal Eugene C. Rivera (a few steps from this marker); The "Duster" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Tigers in Support" (within shouting distance of this marker); Personal Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War (within shouting distance of this marker); From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Respect (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
Insert - 8 inch Howitzer in combat image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
3. Insert - 8 inch Howitzer in combat
8 inch Howitzer M1 characteristics image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
4. 8 inch Howitzer M1 characteristics
8 inch Howitzer M1 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
5. 8 inch Howitzer M1 on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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