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Tank Commanders

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Collection George R. Dempsey
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Tank Commanders.
Year Range from 1943
Event World War II
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 23250
Notes Group photograph of four tank commanders of the 5th Army in the field in Italy. They are wearing tanker jackets and gloves and knit caps. They are leaning on a portable table and looking over maps. They are identified from left to right: Lietenant Fred (Roy) Ottaway; Lieutenant Paul McKennay; Lieutenant Lewis Henry and Captain George R. Dempsey. This photograph was made by a New York News Buraeau and widely published in American newspapers.
George R. Dempsey was born in Oshkosh, WI on February 22, 1918, the son of Edward J. and Sadie Dempsey. He graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1935 and Notre Dame University in 1939. He took post graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1940 and began working for Pusey & Jones shipbuilders in Wilmington, Delaware. He was drafted in January 1941 and began training as a tanker at Fort Benning, GA. He was assigned to officer training school at Fort Knox, KY and became a 2nd lieutenant in January 1942, assigned to the 1st Armored Division. He returned to Oshkosh and married Catherine A. Schwalm on January 10, 1942. He left for overseas duty in May of 1942 and trained in Northern Ireland with British forces. They left for the North African Campaign in November 1942 and entered combat in Tunisia on January 21, 1943. He was quickly promoted to 1st lieutenant and command of a tank company. He received the surrender of a German Panzer (tank) Division and received the Silver Star and was promoted to Captain. His division fought in the Italian Campaign in November 1943 and fought at Casino and Anzio. While engaged north of Rome, he was wounded on June 4, 1944 and awarded the Purple Heart. At his own request, he was discharged from the hospital on June 24, and returned to the fighting on June 26. He was killed in action on June 28, 1944 near Siena, Italy.
Object ID P2005.40.3
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Dempsey, George R.
Place Italy
Print size 8" x 10"
Subjects Group Photographs
Male
World War II
Soldiers
Officers
Tanks (Military science)
Heroes
Casualties
Title Tank Commanders
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