The M48 Patton tank saw service from 1953 through the 1990s. They were eventually phased out by the M60 tank which began production in 1961. The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum’s example saw service with the United States Marine Corps in 1958. The M48 was the first production tank referred to as a "main battle tank", and was the third Tank produced by the United States named after Gen. George S. Patton commander of the U.S. Third Army during World War II and an early advocate of utilizing tanks in battle. During the Vietnam War the M48 was the primary battle tank used by the United States Army and Marine Corps.