About the Association
The Stuart Tank Memorial Association began as The Borough of Berwick’s Stuart Tank Committee in 2013 before incorporating in August, 2015. The committee was originally established to locate a Berwick-built Stuart Tank and return it to the community as a memorial to the workers who built them and the soldiers, Marines and Allies who rode them into battle.
Under the auspices of the Borough of Berwick, as the Stuart Tank Committee, it enabled us to avoid much of the red tape involved in obtaining a military tank and had provided a great deal of public confidence in our efforts. With the support of the Borough Council, previous Council President Alvin Hill and former Borough Manager Debra Force all played key roles in processing the ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) application and the payment for the tank from Great Brittain. First Keystone Community Bank supported our efforts financially as well as handling the processing of the international transfer of funds.
It should be noted that all funding for the initial effort was through donations made to either the Stuart Tank Fund at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation or to our partner in this effort, the Marine Corps League – Stuart Tank Detachment.
To prepare for the next phase of this project, the building and long term maintenance of the Memorial Park, the Berwick Stuart Tank Committee has transitioned to the Stuart Tank Memorial Association, Inc. Working with Attorney Tony McDonald and Accountant Mike Daddio the Stuart Tank Memorial Association has been incorporated as a non-profit corporation under Pennsylvania law and has been determined to be a 501(c)3 public charity by the Internal Revenue Service.
Although the Stuart Tank Memorial Association is an independent non-profit corporation, we expect to continue working with the Borough of Berwick, the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, the Berwick Industrial Development Association, our partner the Marine Corps League – Stuart Tank Detachment and our supporters – the many businesses, organizations and individuals who have supported us throughout this process, as we raise funds to construct and maintain the Memorial to the Workers who built the Stuart Tank and the Veterans world-wide who drove them to victory.
As a side note, as opportunities presented themselves, we were also able to acquire the former Ohev Shalom Synagogue on Vine Street, and are in the process of converting it into a museum.