Hattiesburg man tells military history through tank preservation

Hattiesburg man tells military history through tank preservation
This M2A2 light tank is the only one of its kind left in the U.S. Photo credit WDAM.
This M2A2 light tank is the only one of its kind left in the U.S. Photo credit WDAM.

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - One Hattiesburg man is helping to tell Mississippi's military history through the history of the tank.

Glenn Husted is the collections manager at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.

He's also an Army veteran and tank expert, who's led conservation efforts on several historic vehicles at the museum.

His pride and joy is a one-of-a-kind tank from 1936.

It's an M2A2 light tank that was donated to Camp Shelby in 1977.

The museum is the only place where the tank can be seen.

"All the others have been destroyed or scraped, there are no others, this is the only one," said Husted. "That's what we have here. We have a singular example. It's the only surviving specimen from the first production year."

Husted was in the Army for more than 22 years and was also in the Mississippi National Guard.

He has an appreciation for history that he hopes can be passed on to those who visit the museum.

"When (visitors) come here, they deserve some of the answers that we can give them, based on the study and research that we're afforded the opportunity to do here, so it's a good thing," Husted said.

Husted has worked at the museum for 16 years.