Man parked Sherman tank in fancy neighborhood


After everything that he has done for his country, the combat veteran is facing the worst kind of homefront warfare – nastygrams from a homeowners association. He came ashore at Normady and fought across Europe, helping defeat Nazi Germany, just to get this kind of treatment in his retirement.

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee bought this beautifully restored, fully functional M4 Sherman tank overseas last year. (Such a museum piece costs $600,000 in case you’re in the market.) Now it is parked on the street infront of his expensive house in the ritzy River Oaks neighborhood. This tank landed at Normady. It freed Paris and finally went all the way to Berlin. A lot of history comes with this tank.

According to Buzbees words: „It took a year to get here, but now it is on River Oaks Boulevard.“

“It’s great for America,” agrees one of his neighbors, Ken Douglas.

But the River Oaks Property Owners association does not seem to think so. They sent Buzbee a letter in which says that the tank interferes traffic, is a safety issue, and the neighbors are concerned about it.

But  KHOU couldn’t find any neighbors that were concerned, in fact everyone seems to like the tank, especially kids who like to climb aboard.

Of course, what we have here is an attorney vs. a homeowners association, and that, citizens, is the American way. The attorney points out that there is nothing much they can do. They can ticket it or they can try to tow it, but the truth is unless he decides to move it, it’s not going anywhere.

He is kidding about the towing. It weighs a minimum of 33 tons.

The truth is, Buzbee says he is moving it to his ranch soon. Meanwhile, he probably could have parked it in his driveway rather than on the street, though perhaps he was concerned about destroying it. But on the other hand maybe he just wanted to show it off, something that anybody but a homeowners association could understand.