WWII Tank Finds New Home
CHILLICOTHE – A Sherman M4A2 Tank, named after Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, creaked as it was slowly pulled off a trailer to roll over the grass of its new home Friday at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Forrest E. Everhart Memorial Golf Course.
“It’s been eight months that we’ve been trying to get this tank and it’s been a lot of paperwork. We’ve been in competition with a lot of other agencies for the tank but it was appropriate we received it because of the history here,” said Dennis Simpson, Veterans in Transition, Inc., president.
“We had a lot going for us with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center being here, the golf course being here and Chillicothe being the site of Camp Sherman. We’re very proud to have it,” he added.
While the bottom of the tank has reportedly rusted out and the parts needed to drive the tank were removed after it was taken for a joy ride in Columbus, the tank still maintains it’s main gun, several smaller caliber guns, a functioning drivers hatch and antenna.
“We found out the tank was going to become available through the Amvets Post 89 in Columbus who had the tank at their location, ” said Ray Pryor, Veterans in Transition, Inc., secretary/treasurer.
Pryor said the Veterans in Transition, Inc. would have struggled to get the tank without the partnership of the Chillicothe V.A., the Amvets Post 89, and the Military Veterans Resource Center.
The Veterans in Transition, Inc., group plans on placing the tank next to the Starter House on a concrete slab and hope to paint and rehab it before holding a dedication ceremony for it next spring.