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Old 14-11-19, 01:34
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Hi all

despite last years no show on my part, we were welcomed back this year by Legion Branch 240, our home team, to celebrate our veterans. We finally managed to get to the ceremony with a "Sherman" tank, which has been a personal goal of mine for some time. Turn out was great as usual, weather held all day and security was probably as tight as I have seen in the last ten years anyway.
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We took the M4A3 which is now and forever masquerading as a Sherman "V" and goes by the name of Bullrush V. This is significant for a few reasons, not the least of which is Bullrush and Bullrush II were both knocked out in combat in the ETO. My good friend's father Trooper Bill Drane was a driver/mechanic on Bullrush, Bullrush II and finished the war in Bullrush III. This tank has become a tribute to him and his service. Again I will go into more detail in a future post.
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Despite the fact we are still using the turret purloined from our M50 while we repair the original, the engine decks are currently plywood, and we have hundreds of hours left pulling the old girl together, she ran and drove flawlessly and put a smile on many a face. It sure was humbling watching some of the older vets walk up to the tank and place their hands on it like they had been reunited with an old friend. It can be tough to put your ego aside and show up with something not even close to finished, but as always nobody seems to mind.
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We came back on Monday night to throw a tarp over the old girl and found that someone had placed 5 poppies on the front of the tank, we concluded one for every member of her crew...pretty incredible.
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Thanks so much to all who helped get the tank ready, Crazy Hair and her mad art skills, Grant Hopkins for the stencils and paint masks, Steve Drane for allowing us to be a small part of his fathers legacy and of course Brent and Carrie from Lumpys Lowbed Service, who always go above and beyond to support and pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.
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John
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Old 14-11-19, 02:18
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Awesome John... just awesome. Thanks for your contribution to making your local event a success year after year.
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Old 14-11-19, 19:06
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Thanks Wayne, the support is very much appreciated

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That is bloody amazing on all levels, well done to all involved.
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Old 15-11-19, 03:35
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Brent was pretty busy, delivering the Sherman, picking up the Centurian, displaying the Centurian on his lowbad then delivering it and then turning around to pick up the sherman again! He is our local hero for sure.
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^ The entire package of tank(s), float and tractor (now THAT is a true "toy hauler" beyond compare) look spot on.
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Harry is right, Brent and Carrie are heroes for sure, they ran their asses off on Remembrance Day and they never take a dime for their work...outstanding folks.

As for the rig, I actually was building that truck for myself to haul my own toys around but Brent fell in love with it and had to have it...along the hood is the name of my long lost German Shepard "Tracer", I can't tell you how honored I am that Brent left that just the way it is...

Thanks to all for the kind words

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