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M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored

The M107 self-propelled 175mm gun and the M110 self-propelled 8in (203mm) howitzer were both characterized by rapid barrel wear and the need to be able to change the barrels frequently and simply. The M578 Light Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) was developed to service these requirements using the identical diesel powered chassis. Once in service, the M578 ARV was put to use for varied tasks that it was capable of, including general recovery and crane requirements in addition to barrel replacement.

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M-578 light Armored Recovery Vehicle tows an M-548 tracked cargo carrier during Operation Desert Shield, Apr 1992.
M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored at the US Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, Camp Pendleton, CA.
M578 recovery track with M551 Sheridan tank, Vietnam.
M578 Light Armored Recovery Vehicle.  This vehicle was Lot 1024 of The Jacques M. Littlefield Collection, Military Vehicle Technology Foundation, Portola Valley, CA, auctioned 11-12 July 2014 by Auctions America. Courtesy:   Auctions America by RM.
M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored (or ARV: armored recovery vehicle) armed with a .50-caliber machine gun travels down a road during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '84, 19 March 1984.
3rd MarDiv M107 175mm howitzer, after firing sustained long-range missions against the North Vietnamese for several months, gets a change of barrels at Camp Carroll to ensure continued accuracy in supporting Marine units along the DMZ, Vietnam, 1968.  Cranes are M578 Light Recovery Vehicles.

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M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored belonging to the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Wisconsin Army National Guard, photographed at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, Baltimore, MD, 20 February 1986.
M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored belonging to the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Wisconsin Army National Guard, photographed at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, Baltimore, MD, 20 February 1986.

M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored
M578 Recovery Vehicle with M-551 Sheridan tank, Vietnam.

An M-578 light armored recovery vehicle tows an M-548 during Operation Desert Shield, 1 April 1992.
An M-578 light armored recovery vehicle tows an M-548 Tracked Cargo Carrier during Operation Desert Shield, 1 April 1992.

M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored
M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored. From TM 43-0001-31, page 8-55.

M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored
M578 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light, Armored. Photo: Fort Snelling Military Museum.

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