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The “Duster”

Twin 40mm, Full Tracked, Self-Propelled Gun M42

 
 
The "Duster" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
1. The "Duster" Marker
Inscription. The M42, a redesign of the earlier M19, entered service in 1953. Developed to provide low-altitude air defense for armored and mechanical units, the m-42’s anti-aircraft armament was of limited value against modern high-speed jets. As a result, it was withdrawn from Regular Army service by 1963. However, the need to provide protection against air attacks for ground forces in Vietnam led to the M42’s recall into active service by 1966. Because an air threat did not develop, the M42 were instead used in ground support roles such as convoy escort and base perimeter defense throughout Vietnam. its 40mm guns, capable of firing 240 rounds per minute, were very effective against unarmored enemy units. It was nicknamed the “Duster” by Soldiers in Vietnam, where it was employed until 1972. In 1988 the M42 was replaced by more advanced self-propelled missile air defense systems.

“There was never an NDP (Night Defensive Position) hit that had a Duster on it. Because every other night we’d fire -we knew we were being watched, and the firepower of four Dusters banging into the trees is enough to scare…. anybody. It would be suicide to attack, because it’s got to be a ground attack, and they’ve got to cross open field. And we’d have chewed them alive.”
First Lieutenant Robert W. Parks, A Battery, 5th Battalion,

Insert - "Duster" in action image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
2. Insert - "Duster" in action
2nd Artillery (Vietnam)
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.183′ N, 77° 9.476′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage 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. "Tigers in Support" (here, next to this marker); Defender of Pusan (within shouting distance of this marker); From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Corporal Eugene C. Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold War (within shouting distance of this marker); Personal Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army’s New 50-Ton Killer (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Warrant Officer 4 William F. Hale (Retired) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Insert - "Duster" in action image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
3. Insert - "Duster" in action
Insert - M42 characteristics image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
4. Insert - M42 characteristics
M42 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
5. M42 on display
M42 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
6. M42 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 132 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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