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Item Number: VAS047806
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  • Existence: 1969

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Lai Khe, Vietnam. C Co, 701st Maint shop area. Front view of the float M48A3 tank. This thing was in pieces behind the inspection section when I came back for my second tour at Lai Khe. No one could tell me what was wrong with it and I had other plenty of other things to work on. It wasn't until the battalion commander finally gave me a week to put it back together that I paid any real attention to it. Although we got it back together, we would fix one problem only to discover another. The battalion commander kept finding us in the act of fixing something, which usually required pulling the pack, and told me to get it back together and if he saw the pack out one more time I was going to jail. The tank still needed a bevel gear box for the steering linkage, but once we got it back together I said the heck with it and parked it. I could adjust the linkage so that tank could either steer left or steer right, but not left and right. I finally adjusted the linkage so you could steer left, but if you wanted to go any degree of right you had to do a neutral steer until you got headed into the desired direction and then shift back into gear.

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VAS047806, Philip Varsel Collection, The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 12 May 2009 [Updated: 25 Aug 2009]