In our travels, we’ve seen a lot of Veterans of Foreign Wars posts that had an Army tank or an artillery piece out front, but in the little town of Marcellus, Michigan, VFW Post 4054 has a tank, and a whole lot more!
Located on State Route 40, a couple of miles south of town, the VFW post has an awesome collection of military equipment outside of their building, and a museum of military weapons, uniforms, and artifacts inside, to honor our nation’s veterans.
The formidable M-60 tank was used by the military from about 1960 to the early 1990s. During the Cold War, Vietnam, and even in the early days of our involvement in Iraq, this was the Army’s main battle tank. Weighing 52 tons, and powered by a 750 horsepower engine, the M-60 was armed with a 105mm cannon and a .50 machine gun. You definitely didn’t want to face off with this big guy!
Next to the tank, mounted on a tall column, is an UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, better known as a Huey. This was a workhorse during the Vietnam war, used to ferry troops into landing zones, as a med-evac aircraft to get the wounded out, and as a gunship to provide fire support to troops on the ground. A lifetime ago, I spent a lot of time riding in these fine machines.
Burglars beware, somebody may be watching you!
In the rear of the building, flags honor the different branches of the military, as well as our POWs and MIAs.
There is also an M-56 Scorpion self-propelled 90mm anti-tank gun, which was first introduced in the 1950s, and saw a lot of action with airborne and infantry units in Vietnam. Soldiers always slept a little better at night if there were a couple of these weapons on hand.
A sidewalk leads from the VFW post’s parking lot to a shrine in the rear that honors our fallen troops, and includes monuments to the Marine Corps and Navy.
About halfway down the sidewalk, a sign warns you that you have entered an ambush site, for unwary visitors who did not notice three hidden gun positions.
If you’re a military history fan, and/or appreciate the men and women who serve our nation, the next time you’re in the area, stop and check out the displays at the Marcellus VFW post. If any of the post members or maintenance crew is around, they’ll be happy to take you inside and show you the displays in the museum as well.
Thought For The Day – If you love your freedom, thank a vet!