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Letter from Colonel Hamilton H. Howze, Commanding the 13th Armored Regiment, concerning the death of George R. Dempsey, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, to his wife Catherine. Headquarters Thirteenth Armored Regiment Italy, July 19 My dear Mrs. Dempsey, By now you have received word of the death of your husband. There is nothing I can say or do which will lessen your grief, even a little. I can tell you only of the admiration and respect in which we held him. George was killed instantly by an enemy artillery shell, on the 28th of June. He had previously been wounded, but not painfully or seriously, on the 3rd of June. Throughout a long period of combat George had led his magnificent company (he had made it equal to the best in the regiment) shrewdly and yet boldly, inflicting heavy damage on the enemy at the expense of minimum damage to his own men and equipment. His fellow officers and men held him in very genuine affection and respect, and I, as his regimental commander, had great -- and justifiable -- confidence in his fighting ability. He was skillful, thorough, and brave to the point of true gallantry. He was quiet and calm in the face of great danger, and generally managed to discover something absurd or ridiculous in even the most critical situation; his humor relaxed many an officer and man tightened by the strain of battle. George's loss was a sickening blow to me. I was, I hope, a genuine friend of his, and the departure of so splendid a company commander is irreparable. Had George lived, he should by now have been a Major and battalion executive. Sometimes in these letters I attempt to define the great cause for which we are struggling. Here it is unnecessary, for George Dempsey understood it so fully that he must surely have communicated it to you, his beloved wife. Very sincerely, Hamilton H. Howze Colonel, 13 AR. Com'dq.
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