July 24, 2008


Filed under: Historic District, Markers, & Flags — lessie @ 3:15 am

I confess. The S.C. National Guard headquarters is next door to Brusters. So one day, licking my chocolate cone, I steered the car over toward the big tank. My excuse? My on-going quest for pics of Anderson. A tank is hard to ignore. But I’d driven by it for 8 years without really looking. Normally the entrance is chained off.  Not so that Saturday. The chain was down, and the lot was full of cars, well…vehicles — trucks and SUVs. I tooled over to the tank, which rests at the far side of the parking lot, nearest Mall Blvd. After my second camera “click,” the loudest, most obnxious siren began to sound. I looked around, fearing shouts and angry accusations. Not one person appeared from the building. Thinking that haste equals guilt, I backed up slowly and made for the exit, marveling at that really loud siren.

One of my pics captured the plaque / sign in front of the tank, otherwise known as M42A1 “Duster,” and I was able to read it when I got home. Manufactured in the 1950s, Duster was operated in the field by six-person crews in Korea and Vietnam. The last sentence from the informational sign reads, “From 1959 to 1987, the ‘Duster’ was the weapon system of the 2-263 Air Defense Artillery Battalion S.C. Army National Guard, headquarted in Anderson, S.C.”



  1. First, my apologies for a bit of cut and paste commenting. I have been doing the rounds via Bloglines and looking at all the pictures from my favourite photo blogs, but haven’t been leaving comments. Generally, I try to comment as much as I can (I know how good it is for ‘morale’ to know that someone is out there appreciating them), but after the birth of my second son, I am a bit knackered to think up something witty and insightful on the hop. Thus the resort to Control+C and Control+P!

    Comment by Kris McCracken — July 25, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  2. Anderson looks like such a nice quiet place…and steeped in history.

    Comment by ken — July 25, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

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