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Brian Keith

 

Neat photo, speaks for itself. I have to imagine it was taken at Lima, OH.

Thanks for looking,

BKW

 

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patches

I think Thunderbolt might of been sent down to the Cav at Ft Hood, when I was there in early 1981, the 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry was theee first unit given the tank, and that's exactly what they and we called them, the XM1, they all had that Dark Green paint job, not like our Tracks in the 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry (Mech Infantry) which were Camo. We shared our motor pool with one of the battalions of the 8th Cavalry, I always forget which one, the 1st or the 2nd Battalion, which was also a Tank Battalion, but they had the Camo painted M60s and Tracks, however the 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry's motor pool was across the way from ours, separated by a large grass field, so we could see them now and again, they would drive past our motor pool on the hard ball road that runs the length behind of all the motor pools, it was something to see in those early days, fast as hell, making this kind of humming buzzing sound as they went past.

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I was a crunchie but I did spend a few days on an M55 Sheridan and some APC's M113's.

I never rode in one but got the opportunity at NTC in Jan 1990 to crawl all over and inside an Abrams.

Its really a big tank when you are next to it.. I think the M-60 sits higher. But its wide and long and huge outside standing next to it.

But you get inside and for all that huge tank..... Its a comparatively tenny little space.

And yea Patches that turbine sound is awesome !

Tanks always always scared the dog snot outta me when they came around when we were in the field.

Too big too fast loud and the ground shook when they went by....

Scary things in the wild when you are on the ground not in a tank... lol

Anything that shakes the ground as it passes by... you just end up having to respect that.

The M-60 was a much louder tank running.

 

 

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Brian Keith

Thanks for the added info Rooster!

BKW

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Here's a photo (Me on the right) taken in like early April 1981 in my motor pool where the big field I mentioned that separates the 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry's motor pool from ours is seen, see those vehicles off in the distance, that's them, the 2/5th Cav. So somewhere in there are all those new XM1s 1018122355_emoticonsmile.png.8a8269de60d3d33845c1a39ce6266ae4.png

 

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Brian Keith

Great Photo! Thanks for adding it!

How I hated those pro-masks!
BKW

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I did indeed took a photo once of one of the new XM1 Tanks, Dark Green paint job and all, it was parked near by our battalion area on the grass off a hard ball road, a rather blurry one as it turned out when it got back to me after the roll was developed at the PX Annex LOL, I went looking for it but can't find it regrettably.

 

So instead here's a Scan of one from the Cav from the exact same time period, a photo in the 1982 ARMY GREEN BOOK I have, note the Dark Green paint job, would be interested to know just when they finally painted them all Cmoflage.

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Brian Keith

Neat Photo! That one's going to have to have some serious wash rack time!

BKW

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5 hours ago, Brian Keith said:

Neat Photo! That one's going to have to have some serious wash rack time!

BKW

You bet ya.

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