Japanese Cannon Refurbishment - Medford, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 19.461 W 122° 52.566
10T E 510209 N 4685795
Quick Description: A World War II-era Japanese cannon located in Alba Park was refurbished by an Eagle Scout in 2009.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2020 5:02:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM13EVT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
The Medford City Parks and Recreation website contains a PDF document that mentions the Japanese cannon located in downtown Alba Park as being an Eagle Scout project. It reads:

Japanese Gun

The Japanese Type 41 (1908) 75mm Mountain Gun was identified as such in May 2004 by the West Point Museum. In 2008 correspondence from L. Jensen of the museum the gun history was described in excerpt below:

“The gun in the park is a Japanese type 41 (1908) 75mm Mountain Gun. It is described in a U.S. Army technical manual, TM-E 30-480, Handbook on Japanese Military Forces, Oct 1944-Sept 1945 pp. 393-394 as follows:

This weapon was originally the standard pack artillery gun, but is now largely superceded in mountain artillery regiments by the Type 94 (1934) 75mm mountain gun. The Type 41 is now issued to infantry regiments, on a basis of four guns per regiment, and is thus often referred to as the “regimental gun.” Though light and easily handled, the weapon is very steady in action.

Virtually all of these captured Japanese guns were brought into the United States after World War II for distribution to states and communities. Federal records of transfers are scattered. These guns are no longer plentiful as they once were. Most that were never issued to communities were scrapped in the 1950’s and 1960’s; local political decisions have relegated many to storage or scrap metal dealers.”

The gun was refurbished by Eagle Scout Jeffrey Adams, Jacksonville and completed May 2009.

Name of Eagle Scout: Jeffrey Adams

Project Completion Date: 5/1/2009

Troop Number: 17

Troop Location: Jacksonville

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