US Army Nike Hercules SAM Missile

Oak Forest, IL

WWII (1943) US Army M5 Anti-Tank 3' Gun.

Lansing, IL

More Projects Ahead...

We're currently working with the communities of Oak Forest and Lansing to assist in the 

restoration of their Historic Military Displays. The Lansing American Legion has engaged The Veterans Garage to complete an aesthetic restoration of their 1943 WWII M5 Anti-Tank 3" Gun. Similar to the Gun we restored in Mokena, this M5 is in good condition, but needs to be media blasted, some rusted steel repairs made and paint professionally applied.

In Oak Forest, The Park District has requested that The Veterans Garage begin the process of restoring a 1976 Nike Hercules Missile. The Missile stands 37 feet tall and offers some interesting challenges. We have removed the top section, placed it on a custom fabricated set of stands and moved it to The Veterans Garage. The top section of the Missile is all aluminum and has already been stripped and re-painted. The major work is related to the lower "rocket" section. The 4 steel rocket tubes (16" in Diameter) have deteriorated severely. As a result, we offered the Park District an option to modify the display. The Booster section will be replaced with a 15' pedestal with the Missile mounted above on a 45 degree angle (in flight), which they preferred. The Booster section has now been removed and the Pedestal is being fabricated. Once completed, the new pedestal will be installed, and the top section placed back on top. The finished product will again take it's place as a proud reminder of the Brave Men and Women of our Armed Forces.

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Joe Werner

Executive Director