Happy Veterans Day and Tanks Alot!

The North Shore of Massachusetts seems to have an unusual attraction to tanks. (the war kind) There are two parks within 10 miles of each other that have a tank on display. Both are dedicated to Generals of World War II. Does anyone know of other tanks on display in Essex County, Massachusetts?


Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk Park, Salem, Massachusetts

This General served in the Army for 31 years. He fought five campaigns in Europe as a 27-28 year old Tank Battalion Commander in the Fourth Armored Division, which spearheaded Gen. Patton's Third Army across much of Europe. He was wounded twice and received the nation's second highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for extraordinary heroism. General Irzyk served two years in Vietnam where he had 600 combat hours in a helicopter with the 4th Infantry Division, for which he received 11 Air medals and the nation's third highest military decoration, The Distinguished Service Medal. He commanded the famed 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment along the Iron Curtain during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. For two years he headed the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, KY.

At the University of Massachusetts he received his Bachelor's Degree and a commission in the Horse Cavalry from ROTC. He holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the National War College.

He retired in 1971 at Fort Devens, MA, where he was the Commanding General.
He is the author of the autobiographical "He Rode Up Front for Patton".


General George S. Patton Park, Hamilton, Massachusetts

This is where Patton's summer home was located. Central park is dedicated to Patton, boasting a World War II–era tank in the center of town, and the town's school sports teams play under the name "Generals". In addition, the French government gave two statues to the town commemorating Patton's service to their nation. They were improved in 2003 and sit at the entrance to Patton Park.

Commissioned in the army in 1909, Patton participated in the unsuccessful attempt to capture Pancho Villa in 1916-17. In World War I, he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps[1][2] and saw action in France. After the war, he was a strong advocate of armored warfare.

In World War II, he commanded corps and armies in North Africa, Sicily, and the European Theater of Operations. Near the end of the Sicilian campaign, Patton jeopardized his career by slapping a soldier recuperating from battle fatigue at a hospital; Patton considered him a coward. The well-publicized incident caused General Dwight D. Eisenhower to relieve him of command. Thus, instead of playing a major part in the Normandy Landings and Operation Overlord, he was relegated to acting as a decoy in Operation Quicksilver. However, he was later given command of the U.S. Third Army and ably led it in breaking out of the hedgerows of Normandy and across France. When a surprise major German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge resulted in American units being surrounded in Bastogne, Patton rapidly disengaged his army from fighting in another sector and moved it over 100 miles in 48 hours to relieve the siege.

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