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HG5508 M48A3 Patton MBT C Company, 1st Marine Tank Bttn., Da Nang, 1970

The M48 Patton is a medium tank and was the third and final tank to be officially named after General George S. Patton. The first version used in Vietnam was the gasoline engine M48A2 but was soon out numbered by the diesel powered M48A3 which became the most numerous US tank during the conflict. The M48A3s were conversions of earlier models so it wasn’t uncommon for many characteristics to vary from tank to tank. Some M48A3s had 3 support rollers while others had 5 and the headlight assemblies could either be the early or later type.

The 1st Marine Tank Battalion M48A3 Patton Tanks arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam in March 1966 and ordered to support operations carried out by the 1st Marine Division units. In late January until early March the 1st Marines and South Vietnamese forces fought to recapture the old capital city of Hue. There were massive casualties on both sides before the Marines and South Vietnam forces managed to recapture the city. The 1st MTB remained in Vietnam until they were redeployed to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in the Spring of 1970.

Specifications of the M48A3 tank
Role – Medium tank
Production Dates – 1952 – 1959
Number Produced – Approximately 12,000
Crew: 4
Length - 30 feet 6 inches
Width - 11 feet 11 inches
Height - 10 feet 1 inch
Weight: 53 Tons
Powerplant – 1 X Continental AVDS-1790-2A air-cooled diesel 750hp
Fuel Capacity - 375 gallons
Max Speed - 30mph
Range - 310 miles
Armor - 4.7 inch frontal
1 X 90 M41 Rifled Gun (64 rounds)
1 X 7.62mm coax Machine Gun
1 X 50 cal Machine Gun