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 Indiana Tanks, Armored Fighting Vehicles and Artillery on Outside Display

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Indiana M4 Sherman Tanks
This page updated 1-9-2017.

There are sixteen M4 Sherman tanks on outside display throughout Indiana.  As of this date, I have been able to photograph eight of them.  With the exception of one Ford built M4A3 located in St. Leon, all of the remaining M4 Shermans in Indiana are late model M4A1s built by the Pressed Steel Car Company.  They are identifiable by their cast hulls, 76mm main guns, Horizontal Volute Suspension System, and wide tracks.  All were powered by a Continental R-975 400 hp aircraft radial engine. Apparently, after WWII, the Indiana Army National Guard and Army Reserve units were equipped with the M4A1. 

The Ford built M4A3 at the American Legion Post in St. Leon is a recent arrival from Ohio, where there are several of them on display.  These had a welded hull, a 75mm main gun, Vertical Volute Suspension System, narrow tracks, and were powered by a Ford V-8 500 hp engine.  With many examples of the Ford built M4A3 in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, it appears the Army National Guard and Army Reserve units were equipped with the Ford built Sherman after WWII.

A total of 49,234 Sherman tanks were built by ten companies during WWII.

Attica:  VFW Post 3318, Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS, March 2016


Brownstown:  Jackson County Courthouse, Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS, February 2016 - This Sherman is located on the north corner of the courthouse property.  This tank is identified in several tank databases as an M4A3.  This is not the case, as the cast hull indentifies this as an M4A1.


Edinburgh:  Camp Atterbury Display Area,  (2) Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS, June 2014 - There are two M4A1s located in the display area.  One is serial number 67977and the other is 68080.  It is unknown which is which.


Tank number one.


Tank number two.


Huntington:  Memorial Park, Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS,  October 2016 - The Sherman is now part of a Veteran's Memorial Display that includes a T-33.  It is Pressed Steel Car Company serial number 68091 and registration number 30126070.


Here is the ID tag from the Watertown Arsenal showing that 68091 was rebuilt in 1950.


Kokomo:  Foster Park, Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS, December 2013 - This Sherman is located on the northeast corner of the park.


Lawrence:  VFW Post 1719, Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS, February 2016 -


Muncie:  Army National Guard Armory, Pressed Steel Car Company M4A1(76)HVSS, December 2015 - The tag attached to the front glacis indicates the Watertown Arsenal overhauled it in 1950.  This is serial number 68434 and registration number 30126413 and was built in March 1945. 


The serial number 68434 is on the overhaul tag and was one of 295 built by Pressed Steel Car in March 1945.


Scottsburg:  National Guard Armory, M4A1, October 2016


St. Leon:  American Legion Post 464, Ford M4A3, February and March 2016 - This M4A3 is serial number 12281 and registration number 3054436.  It was built at the Ford Highland Park, Michigan plant during June 1943.  As recently as 2000, this Sherman located in Sunman, IN.  At some point after that it moved to Eaton, OH and then back to St. Leon, Indiana.

Ford built 1,690 M4A3 Sherman tanks between June 1943 and September 1943 in its Highland Park, Michigan plant.  Ford introduced the concept of the 500hp V-8 engine in the Sherman at the time the US Army had standardized on the R-975 radial engine in the M4 and M4A1.  Therefore the Ford built M4A3s were used for training in the US until after the Battle of the Bulge, when some were sent to Europe as replacements for all of the American tanks destroyed in that battle.  Some Ford built M4A3s also saw service on Okinawa.


The Ford built M4A3 was a small hatch tank with a 57 degree angle on the front glacis, as referenced to the vertical.  This photo shows protrusions from the glacis for the hatches for the driver and assistant driver.  These protrusions were obvious weak spots in the front armor right where the heads of the crew members were located.  Small hatch tanks normally had the one inch armor plate added to increase the armor protection at these locations.  Also, one inch armor plate has been added on the side to give added protection to the ammunition storage in the tank at that location.


This plaque in front of 12281 indicates it came from Eaton, OH.  This is not the same M4A3 that was previously on display in front of the now closed National Guard Armory in Eaton, as it had a different serial number.


The serial number, 12281, on the rear of the tank is just barely visible.


Winchester:  Randolph County Courthouse, Pressed Steel Company M4A1(76)HVSS, December 2015 - This Sherman is well maintained and is in excellent condition.  It sits on the southeast corner of the courthouse property.  This tank was previously located at the National Guard Armory.

 

 

 

 


 
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