By Jeremy P. Amick
For nearly five decades, an M4A3E8 Sherman tank sat abandoned in a field at Camp Crowder, Mo. — a World War II Army base that now serves as a training site for the Missouri National Guard. Exposed to the harsh elements, the once domineering piece of war machinery had become little more than a remnant of faded glory, covered with peeling paint and rust.
But through the dedicated efforts of local companies and organizations, the tank has been restored to its former magnificence and now provides insight into the history of World War II armor and a former battalion within the Missouri National Guard.