First Artifacts in Place at National Army Museum
North American Precis Syndicate
credit: Frank Lee Ruggles
Historic artifacts soon to be displayed at Army's
National Museum near Washington, D.C.
Museum of the United
States Army is under construction, and four artifacts are already in place.
These unique pieces of Army history are so large that crews pre-positioned
them early in the construction process so the Museum's walls could be built
The first two artifacts were the M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle that
led the 2003 charge from Kuwait
to Baghdad, and the M4A3E2 Sherman
"Jumbo" Tank, known as "Cobra King," which was the first
tank to break through German lines during World War II's
Battle of the
Bulge. Crews then installed an LCVP, one of the few remaining Higgins boats
certified to have carried troops ashore at Normandy on D-Day.
The fourth artifact, a Renault FT-17 Tank known as "5 of
Hearts," made history in World War I when it led an attack on enemy
lines near Exermont,
France. It is
the only known surviving Renault FT-17 Tank used in combat by U.S. personnel.
A World War I Liberty Truck, Korean War-vintage Jeep, and Huey helicopter
will be added on later dates.
The Museum's construction is being funded privately through a campaign led
by the Army Historical Foundation, with nearly 158,000 Founding Sponsors to
date. The Foundation is also raising funds through the Army Brick Program,
which allows individuals and groups to order personalized bricks that will
line the Museum's outdoor pathways. Time is running out to order a brick at armyhistory.org/bricks that will be
in place when the Museum opens in late 2019.
The U.S. Army has preserved and restored the artifacts that will be
displayed in the Museum, which is being built at Fort
just south of Washington,
D.C. The Army is the only
military service without a national museum dedicated to telling its entire
history. For more information, visit armyhistory.org.
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