Transportation Museum to get WWII half-track
JOINT BASE LANGLEYEUSTIS — The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is scheduled to receive a 1940 M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage Half-track on Dec. 3, at 9:30 a.m. from the U.S. Army Museum Support Center in Anniston, Alabama, to better tell the story of transporting combat vehicles to battle during World War II.
This M16 Half-Track was configured to hold the M45 Quadmount Maxson anti-aircraft, anti-personnel mount system and is the standard type of half-track used by U.S. forces during World War II. The U.S. Army used rail extensively during World War II to transport U.S. Army soldiers, equipment and supplies to the front lines.
The M16 Half-Track will be lifted off the transport truck onto the Museum's rail flat car to be displayed in the Museum rail yard.
The story of the Army's Transportation Corps, from horse-drawn wagons of the Revolutionary War to armored vehicles used today, is told through exhibits, models and dioramas. The museum contains transportation artifacts from the beginning of the Army, a library for research on Army transportation and guided tours.
Fort Eustis, located in Newport News, Va., was established in 1918 and celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. It supports more than 6,300 service members, 2,600 Department of Defense civilian employees, and 10,900 military family members. Fort Eustis is known for its association with Army Transportation, Army Aviation, and as the home of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. For more information, visit www.JBLE.af.mil/ FortEustis100Years.