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Brian
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posted 5/25/2015 6:06:42 PM    Click here to view the profile for Brian   Click here to email Brian   edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Looking for any information about on Howard Gumm. He was Kia on jan 19 1945 in France.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/25/2015 7:05:34 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Brian, Do you have the name of his
battalion? Or do you know whether he was
in the armored infantry, or with a tank battalion, or an armored field artillery
battalion? His name is not on the main 17,000 man roster, and it would help to narrow the search if I knew what kind of battalion he was in.

Mike W

harry dhans
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posted 5/26/2015 12:03:24 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Howard Gumm was in 66th and is buried in Epinal Cemetery

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/27/2015 10:05:51 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Brian, As you may know, Howard Gumm received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross. This is a medal for bravery, just below the Congressional Medal of Honor!
As Harry has written you, he was part of the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion. I will
try and find out more during the weekend.

Mike

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/27/2015 10:52:00 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Brian, I have found his story written in past issues of the Hellcat News. He was in Company B of the 66th. He was killed in the Weyersheim --Herrlisheim area.

To summarize:

Gumm commanded an M-8 Assault gun mounted on a light tank chassis and encountered a Tiger Tank (or 3 ??). A number of infantry men were pinned down by the Tiger. He ordered his men to shoot at the Tiger even though there was no chance they could destroy the tank. They wanted to disable the tank by shooting at the treads. The Tiger was diverted by this action, allowing the infantrymen to escape. The Tiger destroyed Gumm's gun and Gumm was killed, along with two of his men. Another soldier, Jim Leitheiser survived and was also
awarded the DSC.