Branford Armory and the Case of the Missing Tank

The APC Carrier that once sat in front of Branford Armory -- and will again, according to the latest developments -- has been out there for at least thirty years. Where did it come from, and what is its history?

There has been a great deal of talk lately about the Branford "Tank," an APC Carrier that was, where it stood for around thirty years. Due to public concern, the APC Carrier is scheduled to be after it goes through painting and restoration headed up by the Connecticut National Guard, who are the owners of the vehicle.

So how did the APC Carrier get to Branford in the first place? And how long has the Branford Armory been home to the National Guard? The APC Carrier serves as a memorial to honor Branford veterans of the Korean War. How did the process of setting up the carrier as a monument transpire?

Patch reader commented over on the original Patch article:

When I was a kid, there was a "real" tank there. One with a gun, I remember it actually in the parade, they would outfit it with rubber tracks to go on the road. We were sad to see that one go and get replaced with the one that just left.

I'm curious to find out a little more about that working parade vehicle as well!

I'm headed out to do some research, but I hope that some Patch readers will remember the tank's appearance first hand. In the meantime, the history of the carrier should be up on the site before the carrier is back home in front of the Armory!

Anthony Paecht August 15, 2011 at 04:35 PM
I know Jeff and I remember what he is talking about. There used to be a real tank there years ago.


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