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Tank Driving Range
Unknown to most who served in the 2nd Infantry Division, a company of Armor bivouacked north
of the Imjin, 24/7, 365 days a year. When the practice began or when it ended, I do not know. The 2
BN's, 1/72nd and 2/72nd Armor, alternated sending a company up to the bivouac site.

Our stated purpose, was to train new drivers and give seasoned drivers a chance to maneuver
over different types of terrain. There were ditches to cross, walls to climb and a road that ran
around in the area we occupied. Mostly it was a pleasant drive, except for one hill, which could be
very muddy and a wild ride going down it.

But the real reason we were there was to have an armor presence close to the DMZ. And since
we were in the area, somebody dreamed up a daily exercise for us to perform. MINE CLEARING!
Not the kind an engineer unit would do, but the kind a tank could do. Drive all the roads in the
pre-dawn and see if anything blew up. The theory was ..... any mines planted in the roads were
meant for soft skin vehicles. And so, the thinking went, a tank could withstand the blast with only
minimal damage, maybe a tread blown off.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I would love to know what
idiot thought that one up. I was never so glad to see anything come to an end, when at last, they
called it off.
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 You will find on this page, a map showing the general location of the tank driving range, and
various photos taken in the area. You will have to scroll both down and to the right to view all photos
Libby Bridge
56 - Camp Wentzel
113 - Camp Ashworth
Tank Driving Range
Camp Clinch
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Camp Young
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about where the photos
to the right were taken
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Camp Clinch
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Submitted By;
Sp4 John Withers
B Co, 1st Battle Group 8th Cav,
1st Cav Div, 1962
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
A portion of the road somewhere within the range
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Up at the range one day I decided to go exploring. Somewhere, toward the
river, I came across this tank which looked liked a left over from the war
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
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After taking this picture, I climbed onto the fender with the intention of going inside to get a better look.
Well, A chill rippled through my body and despite my desires to see more, I backed off, fearing a
booby trap or something could be waiting for me. I just didn't have the courage to inspect it any further.
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Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
This was where we parked our tanks when not in use
I am standing on elevated ground where our tents were set up
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
When Top spoke, everybody listened
SSG Cain looks on in amusment as SFC Weiss tries his best to do 20
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Submitted By;
1Lt Ken Leighty
A Co, 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 1967/68
While most didn't know we were there, the Donut Dollys did
Here are two that made a visit to us one day. I do not know who they are
One of our company tanks rumbles across the
uneven terrain up at the Tank Driving Range
Submitted By;
1Lt Ben Yeoman
C Co 2nd BN 72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, Korea 1967
Submitted by;
Sp5 Paul J Nichols
A Co 1/72nd Armor
2nd Inf Div, 67/68
Looking down onto a portion of the Tank Driving Range as we were heading home
Due to my limited knowledge of armor used in the early 50's, I am unable to
determine if this is an M26 or the much updated version which became the M46