Award of Silver Star

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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 Award of Silver Star medal to 2nd Lieutenant George Dempsey and issued June 29, 1943.

George R. Dempsey, First Lieutenant (then Second Lieutenant), Company "I", Thirteenth Armored Regiment, is awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 February 1943 in the Kasserine Valley, Tunisia. He personally led his company in an attack against superior enemy forces which had broken through the defenses in the Kasserine Valley. The fearless and aggressive leadership with which he conducted his attack served as an example and inspiration to his men and contributed materially towards stopping the enemy's attack. His tank was hit by an anti-tank shell and set afire. When he was unable to extinguish the fire he ordered his crew to abandon the tank; he was the last to leave. He led the crew back to his own lines, procured another tank and rejoined the company. The courage, leadership and devotion to duty with complete disregard for his own welfare displayed by First Lieutenant Dempsey reflect great credit upon himself and his organization and are deserving of the highest praise. Entered Military Service from 189 East Irving Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

By command of Major General Harmon:

W. L. Schmidt
Major, A. G. D.
Adjutant General
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG73.19.1
Object Name Award
People Dempsey, George R.
Subjects World War II
Tanks (Military science)
European Theater of Operations
North African Campaign
Title Award of Silver Star
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