By Scott WakefieldSeptember 5, 2019
The Army's Donation Program, run by U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, approved a World War II era M4 Sherman Tank to be displayed by the Mons Memorial Museum in Belgium.
The tank will help commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Mons during World War II. This particular M4 replicates one of the three tanks that the 3rd Armored Division used to help liberate the area.
According to U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, the 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division participated in the liberation effort, and also other tank battles around Namur, Belgium, and the capture of Liege, Belgium in September 1944.
The museum will display the tank beside the Esplanade Dolez across from the museum. Since 2006, the Army displayed the tank on Chievres Air Base about 13 miles from Mons.
The former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, requested the conditional loan of the Sherman Tank for Mons to be unveiled on Aug. 19.
TACOM verified the eligibility for the museum to receive the tank and the Army's Center for Military History approved the transfer of the tank to the Army Donation Program.
The Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe in Grafenwoehr, Germany completed the demilitarization, restoration, and removal of any radiological material from the tank before it became a part of the Army Donation Program.