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Letter from Colonel Henry E. Gardiner, 13th Armored Regiment, concerning the death of George R. Dempsey, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, to his wife Catherine. Italy 8 August '44 Dear Mrs. Dempsey, I was one of your husband's many friends whom you never met nor probably ever heard of. The first time I met George was when I joined the 13th in Ireland. While we were in different battalions throughout the Tunisian Campaign we saw each other frequently and were in several engagements together. When we moved east into Morocco last summer I was shifted to regimental headquarters and from then on saw George regularly. George was one of my very best friends and like everyone else I was terribly shocked to learn of his death. At the time his battalion was operating some little distance from where I was. I visited his company the next day and his men were badly broken up over the loss of the man they all regarded as the best Captain in the regiment. There were no better qualified officers in the division than your husband and few who could measure up to him from the standpoint of character. His droll sense of humor was always a constant source of entertainment for whoever came in contact with him. George was as experienced a combat officer as we had and I have never known anyone who had more cool courage. He was the sort of man whose place will never be completely filled and we miss him so very much. George set an example for the rest of us for it is men of his type who are winning this war. I realize that there is nothing that I can say which will lighten your sorrow. However I do want you to know that you have my deepest sympathy. No woman has lost her husband in this war who has better reason to be proud of him than you have of George. The Division has been reorganized in recent weeks and there have been many changes. The old regiments disbanded and there is no longer an 'I' Company. However, one of the new battalions has been designated as the 13th and in the reshuffle I was given command of it. If after the war I should have occasion to visit your section of Wisconsin I shall endeavor to get in touch with you. Sincerely yours, Col. Henry E. Gardiner
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