Marietta volunteer restoring M47 tank at 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe

Marietta resident George Adler photographs the work he's done on the 6th Calvary Museum's M47 Patton battle tank. / Staff photo by Sabrina Bodon
photo George Adler talks to museum visitors about the M47 tank restoration.

George Adler has spent his summer driving roughly 200 miles every Wednesday up to the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe from his home in Marietta. Since May, Adler has been restoring an M47 Patton tank on loan from the U.S. Army which is in the museum's possession. Tirelessly, he's handwashed the rust from the World War II-era battle vehicle, pulled open hatches and crafted replacement pieces.

In April, Adler and his wife visited the museum for the first time for an event. He met Joe Barkley, one of the museum's board members, who took him out back to see the decaying tank in the shed.