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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 1944
Abstract Letter from the War Department, concerning the death of George R. Dempsey, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, to his wife Catherine.

19 July 1944

Mrs. Catherine S. Dempsey
357 Washington Boulevard,
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Dear Mrs. Dempsey:

It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram informing you of the death of your husband, Captain George R. Dempsey, 0-452,335, Infantry, who was killed in action on 28 June 1944 in Italy.

I fully understand your desire to learn as much as possible regarding his the circumstances leading to his death and I wish there were more information available to give you. Unfortunately reports of this nature contain only the briefest details as they are prepared under battle conditions and the means of transmission are limited.

I know the sorrow this message has brought you and it is my hope that in time the knowledge of his heroic service to his country, even unto death, may be of sustaining comfort to you.

Sincerely yours,

J. A. Ulio
Major General,
The Adjutant General
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG73.13.2
Object Name Letter
People Dempsey, George R.
Dempsey, Catherine A. Schwalm
Subjects World War II
Letters
Telegrams
Casualties
Tanks (Military science)
European Theater of Operations
Heroes
Military art & science
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