ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two pieces of historic fighting Marine equipment, restored at the Albany Marine Base, are now on their way to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The Albany base employees say it was a honor to restore an M 60 battle tank and assault amphibious vehicle for the Marine's National Museum.
It was a very personal part of the history for many of the men doing the restoration.
This M 60 A I Battle Tank is known as the Genesis Two. 24 years ago it was one of the first tanks to cross into Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. For Marine Depot Maintenance Command Commander Colonel Jeff Hooks, sending it to the National Museum of the Marines is a personal thrill.
Hooks said "The M 60 is important to me. I was a young Lieutenant during the First Gulf War, in the same task force, Task Force Ripper. As we went through the mine fields into Kuwait back in 1991."
Thursday Jody Nesbitt with the Marine Depot Maintenance Command officially handed over the Genesis Two and an Assault Amphibious Vehicle to the National Museum. Nesbitt said for him and many of the base employees, restoring them was an honor.
Marine Depot Maintenance Command Ordinance Project Officer Jody Nesbitt said "A lot of veterans here. I myself served in Desert Storm. It's been a good feeling to know we're helping preserve something that's going to be there for generations to come."
These are two of the four actual fighting Marine pieces of equipment that will be featured in their future expansion, telling Marine history from 1976 to the present. And today the Museum thanked the base employees for their contribution.
National Museum of the Marine Corps Assistant Curator Kater Miller said "They are the Marine Corps family. They serve the Marines by providing great gear. And now they are serving the Marines again by preserving the history."
The Genesis Two has been restored accurately,right down to the preserving the writing by the crew inside the tank, to even the goggles and map that weee in it when it returned from war.
Colonel Hooks said "Cleaner probably than they did in the desert. But they have done a great job putting them back into t he way I remember them when we wer actually fighting our way back into Kuwait."
A tribute to the many Marines who used this equipment in service over decades, put on display for future generations.The Marine Museum expansion with the tank and the AAV will be opened in 2018 in Triangle, Virginia, near Quantico.