Porta Bridge. This came in handy when it came time to cross those deep rivers.
In a letter dated June, 12, 2008 Roy C. Holland of the 11th ACR writes,
I like the photo of the bridge tank. That was my tank. If you have any more photos of it I would like to see them, me and Mike Slaick had some good times on that thing. We supported the whole Squadron. Mike is still kicking. We meet 6 years ago. We found each other in the Blackhorse news letter, "Thunder Run". I went to Gainesville, GA. We cried and talked all night. I showed Mike the photo of the avlb and he laughed at that bent up fender. I remember a lot of the nick names of a lot of buddies. think I remember you. We stole a carton of C- rats from the field mess hall. I retired from the army 16 years ago. I served with the CAV not only in 'Nam but also in Germany. I couldn't get away from the 11th ACR. I love to here from vets. I talked to Col. Hoffmaster on Memorial Day for 30 min. He is 81 and still loves the 11th ACR. So e-mail me if you get a chance.
God bless, Roy
(My nick name was Airborne)
Editor's Note: Sadly this is the only picture of our bridge tank that I shot. I took the photo from my ACAV as we passed by. I asked our drive to slow down enough, without bunching up the column, so that I could get a good shot. I wish I had time to assemble the crew beside the tank but wasn't able to. Thank you Roy for your letter and your recollection of your service as a crewmember onboard this tank.
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