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Overview[edit | edit source]
The M48 started its life as an upgrade of the M46 Patton and eventually developed into a new type of tank - one of the main medium tanks of the United States of the early stages of the Cold War (1949-1950s). Restricted primarily to United States service, its key upgrade was the replacing of the original power plant with the Continental AV1790-6 engine and General Motors CD-850-4A transmission and the 90mm M3A1 gun of the M46 Patton into the 90mm T54 gun, with later versions bearing the M41 90mm gun and M68 105mm gun. Its only known period of service was during the Vietnam War.
The tank on the mural belonged to the 1st Marine Division deployed during the Vietnam War.