Vietnam Era Tank Headed To Riverview Cemetery

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Credit: Nathan France

Vietnam Era Tank Headed To Riverview Cemetery

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Vietnam Era M-41 Walker Bulldog tank, currently located at Johnny Appleseed Park, which has been property of the Breakfast Sertoma Club and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has been acquired by Riverview Cemetery. The tank will become the focal point of the cemetery’s newly designated Veteran’s section. Riverview Cemetery is owned and operated by D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home.

The M-41 tank obtained through the armed forces is 273 inches long, 127.8 inches wide and 108.4 inches in height. It weighs 51,000 pounds and has been demilitarized. “There are few M-41’s left and we are very honored to be able to bring one to Riverview Cemetery,” states co-owner Dave McComb. “The tank will be maintained by the Cemetery’s perpetual care fund.”

The Fort Wayne Freedom Riders will be escorting the tank to its new location a number of days before the ceremony. There will be another announcement with more information on the move. The re-dedication ceremony will take place; appropriately, on Veteran’s Day. Mayor Tom Henry and other community leaders will participate in the ceremony on November 11th at 10:00 am at Riverview Cemetery, 11425 Carroll Road. The public, media and veterans are invited to both events.

D.O. McComb & Sons serves over 400 veterans and their families every year. “We feel it’s important to honor those who have served our country and adding a Veteran’s section and the M-41 to Riverview is just another way we can do this.”




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