Do you know an Iwo Jima vet, or are you one? Very little is know about this M4A3, it saw combat on Iwo, but was repaired before that. You can see the distinctive repair on the co-drivers side of the hull. You can see the plate added on, and the very noticeable notch at the top. They know the tank was with the 5th USMC Tank Battalion, and it was disabled on Iwo. Not much is know about the repair, or why it was needed, or even what damaged the tank on Iwo.
As you can see in the image above, the tank is being restored. This has been a real bear of a Job since the tank spent some time as a range target and was a little rusty.
You can see how rough and rusty the tank was when it arrived. The interior looked as bad as the outside. Much progress has been made and it runs and drives today.
I wanted to get this page up tonight, but we are far from finished with this story. I have more images, and stories on the restoration to share, and more info on the men doing it. Watch this page in the coming days for updates!
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