Defender of Pusan

Defender of Pusan (HM1Z7V)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.2', W 77° 9.479'

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8 Inch Howitzer, M1

The 8 Inch Howitzer was a large-caliber field artillery piece, which provided long-range fire support to Army combat units during World War II (where it was first fielded in 1944), the Korean War, Vietnam, and Cold War. Based on the British 8 Inch Howitzer design, this heavy artillery piece was mounted on a M1 carriage that was created to handle its excessive weight. When attached to a Heavy Carriage Limber, M2, the entire assembly was pulled by a Cannon Transport Wagon, M1. Improved upon throughout its service life to include other large field pieces and self-propelled versions, the 8-inch Howitzer was eventually employed within NATO forces as a method of firing nuclear projectiles. It remained in U.S. Service into the 1990s.

"The 8 inch cannons were very impressive [and] accurate with good fire control. If fire control was good we could put the ... shell in [the]opening of a bunker (target) six miles away!"
Sergeant First Class Edward F. Brufke,
Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Battalion
HM NumberHM1Z7V
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316335 N 4452558
Decimal Degrees40.20333333, -77.15798333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.2', W 77° 9.479'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 12" N, 77° 9' 28.74" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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