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    runaway M-47 tank

    You ever think you were about to be run over big a big assed tank. I did and almost was, in Korea, up above the 38th parallel. I was supporting a field exercise by one of the armored Cav companies. One of the guys backed his tank up a steep incline and parked it under some trees. I parked directly in front it, and just as I was getting comfy the parking brake on became a non-brake and that tank came charging down that hill like a freighttrain. Luckily the brakes were just mostly dead and after the hill flattened out it stopped. Sucker sure got my attention.

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    That's not the only tank I had a problem with. One day I was parked about 30 0r 40 yards from an M-48 when it ran over an anti-tank mine that had washed down the creek from somewhere else. Broke a track, knocked off a fender, and scared the pure living bejesus out of the crew.

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    DAMNED TANKS: Operation Snow tiger, Korea 1961, 26 below zero. An M47 from one of the armored companies was down for the night and the crew was freezing cause the on-board heaters didn't work, so they adopted a time honored way of making a heater. We would take an empty C-ration can, fill it mostly full of sand, and saturate it with gas, The evaporating gas would burn for a long time.

    One of the crewmen, while shifting his weight, kicked the heater over, and unleashed hell. The burning gasoline ran under a bulkhead, back toward the fuel tank area. The next moment they discovered the on-board fire extinguishers didn't work, and a moment after that the crew un-assed the tank. in a moment a single explosion, fueled by about two hundred gallons of gas, 76 rounds of 90mm, about 3,000 rds of .30 and .50 cal, and 30 rounds of 90mm blanks absolutely destroyed the inside of that tank.

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