For Sale: An Old Tank Destroyer

Posted Sunday, October 19, 2008 --- 8:30 a.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) --- One can buy just about anything on the Internet — even a 1959 U.S. Army M56 tank destroyer once used in Vietnam.

Ken Meyer, a retired deputy sheriff in northeast Wisconsin, has one for sale on Craigslist for $7,500. He turned down a $4,000 offer.

Craigslist is a central network of online communities featuring free classified ads.

Meyer's M56 — nicknamed the Scorpion — has been parked on his property near Sturgeon Bay for about a decade, waiting for a new engine, a paint job and some other repairs. Some of Meyer's other projects are taking a higher priority so he decided to sell the tank destroyer on Craigslist's Green Bay page.

But it's harmless now.

The 63-year-old Meyer says a 90 millimeter gun was removed before the government sold it as surplus years ago. So he remodeled a street light post and installed it on the tank as a "replica" gun.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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