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  1. Jim, Thanks for the additional info, and moreso for your service.. A few years ago, I was in contact with Bruce Swander, Ted Wylie and Bob Grant about Larry Bailey. Bruce provided the radio logs, and Bob and Ted provided info about the action itself. Hackworth wrote that Bailey was killed carrying wounded to the LZ, while Grant told me over the phone that Bailey died while single-handedly charging the bunker line armed with an M-79. I believe, while I haven't seen the citation, that Bailey was awarded a posthumous Silver Star. Grant told me that Bailey should have gotten more.
  2. Sorry for taking so long to reply, I just noticed the thread again. The problem the guys from A/6/31st Inf had with Hack was their role in the action on 23-24 March 69 bore little resemblance to that described in "Steel My Soldiers Hearts." In "About Face," Hack wrote that A/6/31 had "acted like total pros." By the time "Steel" rolled around, that description changed from "total pros" into "blundered into a mine field." In my conversations with surviving A Company troopers, which was supported by radio logs from NARA, Hackworth ordered them into an LZ that hadn't been scouted over t
  3. I'm not trying to be a smart aleck, but it seems to me that if you would notice the removed copy markings, you'd also notice that Joe's wings are cast. Not die-struck, but cast. I've done business with Joe a couple of times and an in-hand inspection makes it obvious that regardless of markings, of pins or patterns, they aren't of WWII construction. A collector has the basic duty to himself to know what he buys. This whole argument to me is akin to holding gun manufacturers liable for people that use firearms illegally.
  4. Minor quibble, it's not his star, but rather his footprints and fist print at Grauman's Chinese Theater that was cast with black sand from Iwo.
  5. "The Last Lieutenant- A Foxhole View of the Epic Battle for Iwo Jima" by John C. Shively
  6. "Organic" is a military term meaning that a specific unit, such as a battalion or regiment, is permanently assigned to a larger unit, like a division. For example, the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment was organic to the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. However, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was not organic to the Division prior to 1 Mar 1945, it was merely "attached" to that Division. After 1 Mar 1945 it was assigned to the 101st, whereupon it became organic. If I could recommend another book not mentioned above, Steel Victory by Harry Yeide does a very good job explaining t
  7. Steve, I don't know if the PH would have been awarded for a drowning due to a mis-drop or not. I used to own three PH's that were officially engraved to USAAF crew members that were killed but not due to enemy action. One was lost in the Channel when his B-24 was involved in a mid-air collision while forming up for a mission. Another was returning from a mission and his B-24 exploded while on final approach. The third was a co-pilot of a B-17 and was killed on takeoff.
  8. Just a couple of points before I head out the door- Remember that not only did the US have to manufacture tanks, it had to ship them thousand of miles to the battlefront. IIRC, with contemporary shipping space, one M26 took up the same space as three M4. As noted in this thread previously, ammunition storage, not gasoline was the cause of the "Tommy Cooker" reputation. Wet storage of ammunition greatly reduced the fire hazard. Death Traps is a fine book when taken as the memoirs of an ordnance officer in the ETO. As a history of the M4 Sherman and the decisions of procurement, d
  9. Hey Tom, The loader sat to the left of the main gun. The breech was electrically operated by a toggle switch on the loaders control panel. The breech tray was at about elbow level, and the loader had to hunch over slightly, but not much. The 152mm HEAT round was much shorter than a 105mm round and the combustible case was covered by a neoprene bag or in tanker slang, an elephant rubber. To load the main gun, the loader put the round on the feed tray, and hooked his index and middle fingers of his left hand into the top of the elephant rubber. Simultaneously he made a fist with his
  10. Gil, I've killed a few brain cells since 1980, but if I remember correctly, Stadt Allendorf is about 20 km east of Marburg. To make things a little confusing, there is a smaller village called Allendorf in the vicinity, but it's about 15 km south of Marburg and southwest of Stadt Allendorf. Speaking of killing brain cells, I miss Licher Bier.
  11. Nope, I was too busy driving! I do remember driving through the town in NBC gear, getting up on a curb and hitting a street sign with the right track. That certainly scattered the crowd! Manöverschaden indeed!
  12. It certainly is! During that same exercise there was this little kid that would bring us pastries and trade them for C-rations. I would let him crawl all over the tank, and got a good rump-chewing by the Plt Sgt for letting him do so. We got to be pen pals for a while. IIRC the kid's name was Peter Fischer. He was probably 10 years old in 1979.
  13. Ditto for the scouts in CSC 3/33 Armor 1978-80 when I ETSed. ERDL's were available at the Clothing Sales store at Giessen. I bought several sets of ERDLs there and subsequently wore them out hunting back home when I returned to the land of round door knobs. I also bought a couple of camo poncho liners there just before I ETSed. Looking at what they are bring on the market now, I regret using them.
  14. Gil, that photo had to be taken before 1975 or after May 1980, because during that time frame, 3/33 Armor was an M60A2 battalion. My guess is that it's pre-75. Me on the left, in bad need of a haircut, wearing mechanics coveralls and corcorans, in a forest near Stadt Allendorf. Operation CONSTANT ENFORCER, August 1979. I was the driver on the LTC's tank in HHC 3/33 Armor.
  15. Senator Lloyd Bentsen flew 35 missions and commanded a squadron of the 449th Bomb Group, 15th AF.
  16. Tennessee Wheel and Rubber is still in business. The roadwheel is much too thin to be from an M3, M4 or M5 tank.
  17. Tom, there is another patch similar to the M60A2 Gunnery Qualified patch. I wore a M60A2 Instructor patch as a TC Holdover in C/1/1st Tng Bde in 1978. I'll get it scanned. I have the M60A2 Gunnery Qualified patch that I picked up while I while I was in the service and for the life of me, I can't remember where. The only time I was at Ft Hood was in 1982 with 2/10 Cav doing an IRR AT. I never left the post so it couldn't have came from there. My unit in Germany wore the typical 3AD gunnery Qualified patch.
  18. I always figured the speed bump thing to be true until the leading Soviet echelons captured a few kasernes. Once they saw how much stereo equipment and cameras the average American private owned, they would have defected on the spot.
  19. The second photo is of an M48A5. The first is a M60-series vehicle. Note the sloped, straight glacis.
  20. Hell, if the USG wanted to get rid of Patton, it should have just court martialled him for the Task Force Baum/Hammelburg fiasco and sent him home. If the US public, who were up in arms during the slapping incidents, had gotten the true story after the war, Patton would have never been taken seriously. I'm an Occam's Razor kind of guy. If Patton were to be "executed," I'm sure an easier way could have been found than to: (1) Manufacture a auto accident in which no one was hurt, but Patton would have hit his head, so: (2) He could have been shot with a "low velocity" projectile t
  21. To think of all the trees that had to die for such rubbish to get printed.
  22. Hi Tom, I was a 19J with 3/33 Armor from 1978-80. IIRC, there were 8 or 9 BNs in 1 AD, 2AD, 3AD and 8ID that were equipped with the M60A2 along with two training companies at Ft Knox, C/1st Bn 1st Tng Bde (enlisted OSUT) and H 2/6th CAV (Armor Officer Basic). 3/33 was issued the A2 in 1975 and turned them in for very old, very worn out M60A1's in May, 1980 The Battalions within the Armor Divisions were pure and the two in the 8ID were mixed. One Bn was mixed with M60A1 at the company level and another was mixed at the platoon level. Both cases of the mixed Bns had to be mainten
  23. Nice find, Kurt! CSM Dobol was a legend not only in 1ID but throughout the US Army. Interestingly, the incident in Normandy in which he was wounded (and downplays in the above letter) was one where he was nominated for the MOH . http://books.google.com/books?id=6kMJEHAgF...t#PRA1-PA259,M1
  24. Kurt, I found 4 KIA total. Two were buried overseas and two were brought home after the war.
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