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US Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground


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Now and then we have inquires about the former US Army Ordnance Museum that used to be at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

 

I was fortunate enough to visit there when I was a teenager.  Somehow I convinced my parents that it would make a great family outing, and they brought my sister and brother along as well.

 

For a young model maker, it was literally a "field of dreams".  

 

I did my best to photograph everything that was there.  However, the flaw in what I thought was going to be a once in a life time trip was I only brought a limited amount of film.  

 

My other disappointment was the field behind the museum had very little US hardware.  Only later did I learn about the Mile of Tanks coming in through one of Aberdeen's main gates.  You could see pretty much all of the significant tanks from US history starting at the main gate and then onward as you progressed into the base.

 

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Looking back, the tanks were already well on their way to being damaged by outdoor storage.

 

The collection has been dispersed, some of it at Ft. Lee, some to Ft. Benning, and some to Fort Bliss.  In some ways none of these will live up to the variety that was once at APG.

 

I've looked in recent years for photos on line that could better represent the past collection, and just happened across these slide shows on Youtube.

 

Since these photos were taken by a steadier hand with a better camera, I will yield this thread to them.

 

If anyone has any photos they would like to add, feel free!

 

 

 

 

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The irony of my story with Aberdeen is the US Army in its infinite wisdom took me with a political science degree and commissioned me as a Vehicle Maintenance Officer!  I spent at least 6 months there.  Oddly, I only returned to the Museum once or twice, and didn't take a single photo!  I suppose I was just too cool for school at that point, and was more focused on learning the ins and outs of US vehicles.  Opportunity lost, forever.  Lesson learned... never pass up the chance to explore what is right in front of you!

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Backtheattack

Was there in 2007, a great place with a wide area of military history. Sad it`s now split.

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USARV72

Spent about 6 months there in 71 for school. Had guard duty on the tank farm which was way better than any other post. Climbed on every tank looking through holes to inside. Sadly back then they were in bad shape. Took kids back a couple of times in 80’-90’s to show them. Went to MVCC shows there late 80’s- 90’s , fantastic shows .

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