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Admin/Biog History 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.
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Collection George R. Dempsey
Dates of Accumulation 1942
Abstract Letter written by George R. Dempsey, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, to his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Dempsey in Oshkosh, WI. The letter is undated and may be a transcription from a V-Mail letter.

October 1st (V letter)

Dear mother & father,

The consistent refusal to face inevitable probabilities is the most amazing thing about the American press and people. The results of the statement made by Patterson at the recent military conference, all have little effect indeed, I can safely predict that most of the leading papers will publish the gloomy conclusion (if at all) in a column immediately adjacent to a rosy "Over by X-mas" statement by some such leading mind as Curly Brooks or Lee Daniel. Despite Henry Luce's unwise and distorted military reporting (viz., the tactics of singling out commanders and units whose military accomplishments are actually second-rate for glorification). "Life" is the only publication of any large circulation that states flatly several things that will happen: (1) The casualties in Europe will be beyond the worst present calculations, and the war quite possibly has years, not months to run in that theatre alone; (2) That present efforts against Japan are little more than minor aggravations to them and the enemy is actually becoming stronger there.
No, the dopes keep up the chant. It'll take two million casualties to convince them.

Love to all,
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG73.10
Object Name Letter
People Dempsey, George R.
Subjects World War II
Tanks (Military science)
European Theater of Operations
North African Campaign
Military art & science
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