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Dad served three years at Ft. Meade in the pre war days of the 1930's, in an armor unit. Then, he was recalled during WWII, even though my sister and I were already here. He knew that he could be deferred, because he had four brothers already on active military duty. Three of them were in combat. Plus his father was a farmer, so like many, he could have claimed that he was needed on his father's dairy farm. But, without hesitation, he went. The Army put him through tank commander's school at Ft. Knox and put three "acting Jack stripes" on his arm, but he only got a private's pay. For the final two years of the war, he trained new recruits how to handle the M4 Sherman tank. 

I still have the wool blouse that he wore home, when the war ended. The buck sgt. stripes are on it, along with the ruptured duck patch and armor patch. On the sleeve  is the 3 year hash stripe, showing he'd put a hitch in already.  Are there any museums that want that sort of WWII blouse to display?



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You could contact the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, I know they like finding things from instructors and personnel that were stationed there for the war.

GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam


Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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