Trans­porta­tion Mu­seum to get WWII half-track

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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 FortEustis100Years.

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