Charles Price, a 34-year veteran and Ninety Six native, stands with his family — Cameron, Garrett and Timmy Price — and the tank they repainted together to honor all who have served in the military. (Maddy Jones |
NINETY SIX — If you want something done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
So says Charles Price, of Ninety Six, at least.
Price, a military veteran of more than 34 years, is the man responsible for bringing the battle tank to the Ninety Six Town Park.
The model, an M-60 A3 Main Battle Tank was last used during Desert Storm, the operation in which they were phased out.
A first-class platoon sergeant for his last 16 years in the military, Price worked with South Carolina's Army National Guard to acquire the tank in 2000.
According to Price, the tank was previously on display in Myrtle Beach.
Price was instrumental in bringing the tank to Ninety Six, buying and pouring the cement slab on which the tank now sits.
Price said upon receiving the tank, there was an agreement between the town and the National Guard the town would be in charge of its upkeep.
Now, Price said, that agreement seems to have fallen by the wayside.
He pointed to the dead grass crusted onto the cement beneath the tank. Price said the town cuts the grass in the park, but doesn't pick it up, leaving a film of debris on the slab surrounding the tank.
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