From:     The Museum of American Armor / Old Bethpage, New York 516 454-TANK

Contact: Howard Cannon (212) 843 8072

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Museum of American Armor places latest historic armor on field display 

(Old Bethpage, N.Y.) – Representing armor used during the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, The Museum of American Armor, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, New York, has placed on permanent display four historic military weapons that reflect the role of the American G.I. over the last 50 years. 

Museum founder and president, Lawrence Kadish, stated, “The latest armor assets that will welcome visitors are meant to pay tribute to those who have served in various operational theaters over the decades, ensuring we have the means to honor all those who have worn the uniform.”

On display adjacent to the museum is a massive M60 Cold War tank that would have confronted the Soviets during the height of the Cold War in Europe. An M42 “Duster” was originally designed as a mobile anti-aircraft weapon, but it was used to devastating effect in Vietnam. Deployed in the Gulf War, the M110 self-propelled artillery carriage features a howitzer that can place a 200-pound shell on a target some 18 miles away.  An additional howitzer used in Vietnam and the Gulf War has also assumed a place of honor in the museum’s presentation. 

The armor collection, with some vehicles weighing as much as 50 tons, was transported to the museum in a carefully planned convoy through the efforts of Pedowitz Machinery Movers.

Dr. Dave Levy, the Armor Museum’s volunteer Manager of Strategic Asset Planning, stated, “Pedowitz is the undisputed national leader in safely transporting oversized loads; and, in our case, tanks and artillery pieces. They brought their expertise and talent to bear in transporting a number of Army-owned assets from Danbury, Connecticut, to our front door, and then placing them exactly where they needed to be.”

Of equal importance was the role of Opal Construction Corp. of Bayshore, who placed concrete blocks on the ground at precise positions to ensure the multi-ton Army vehicles would never shift or sink into soft soil.   

“It was clear from the beginning that Opal knew we had entrusted them with helping support vehicles in which American soldiers were asked to defend our freedoms. They did an extraordinary job in preparing the site so that visitors are welcomed by American military history,” continued museum volunteer Al Barto.  Barto, a Marine veteran, spent weeks preparing the necessary documentation that allowed the Armor Museum to take possession of these assets.

Levy reminded, “Few appreciate that there is almost a pound of paper to document every ton of armor on display.”

Located with the rolling grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage, New York, the Museum of American Armor uses its 40 operational tanks and armor vehicles to create a military armored column that replicates the sights and sounds of American forces during World War II, offering a compelling educational tool in telling the seminal story of American courage, valor and sacrifice. Placing it in this unique setting of vintage farm houses and country roads, it offers a virtual time machine that ensures a powerful history lesson for students and regional, national and international visitors.