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WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon history

 
 
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By Alan M. Perrie, April 16, 2017
1. WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon history Marker
Inscription. This WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon was liberated from Japanese troops in the mountains of the Solomon Islands during WWII by Tech. Sgt. “Duke” Baldwin.

Baldwin, of the 169th Regiment, 43rd Division, dismantled and packed the cannon parts into a crate headed for the United States through the U.S. Navy to Capt. George Elliot of Manchester, CT, Company Commander of the 169th Regiment,43rd Division. The cannon was then donated to the Manchester VFW Post 2046 on East Center Street in 1945.

In the spring of 2016, retired 1st Sgt. Gerry Wright of Andover, located the cannon at the VFW Post which was preparing to sell their building. Working with the Department of Army Donations in Michigan and the Post Commander, Robert Russell, the cannon was restored and given a new home in Andover, CT on September 17, 2016. This war-trophy remains as a reminder of a long, hard-fought war and a successful conquest.

The cannon still belongs to the U.S. Government Department of Defense. The town of Andover is the custodian of the weapon.
 
Erected 2016.
 
Location. 41° 44.299′ N, 72° 22.078′ W. Marker is in Andover, Connecticut, in Tolland County. Marker is at the intersection of Monument
WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, April 16, 2017
2. WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon
Lane (U.S. 6) and Connecticut Route 316, on the right when traveling east on Monument Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andover CT 06232, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Constitution Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleazar Wheelock (approx. 1.1 miles away); Captain Nathan Hale Monument (approx. 3.8 miles away); Moor’s Charity School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Eleazar Wheelock D.D. (approx. 4.2 miles away); Columbia (approx. 4.2 miles away); Manchester Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Manchester Veterans Monument (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andover.
 
Also see . . .  37 mm anti-tank gun. (Submitted on December 19, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, April 16, 2017
3. WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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