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posted 2/28/2019 2:54:52 PM  Reply w/Quote
My dad was SSGT William Gaines on January 16th 1945 his tank was hit with two crewman killed and the rest wounded. PFC Earl McCormick stayed with my dad behind enemy lines until he could be evacuated. Does anyone remember these events or have info on these events.

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posted 3/2/2019 2:50:10 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I will take a look. You could do a little
looking in BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.
Scroll down to the 43d Tank Battalion and
read their history. I will look there and
elsewhere.

Mike Woldenberg


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posted 3/2/2019 3:18:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
In the HISTORY OF THE 43RD, go to page 62.
Your Dad nabbed a POW in December. Then
on page 64 I found what you were looking for.
Company A was caught in across fire of
artillery.
Sgt. Gaines tank, Kentucky Colonel, was hit
with 2 men killed and 3 men wounded.
Pfc McCormack stayed with the wounded
until help arrived.

Did your Dad come back after recovering?

I will search some more tomorrow. Gotta go.
Mike W

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posted 3/4/2019 12:44:13 PM  Reply w/Quote
He survived, I believe that was his second Purple Heart, he continued on and was wounded again 5 days after the war wa over pulling out of Berlin. Those wounds disabled him for the rest of his life.

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Mr. Gaines, I hope you receive this. On the left side of
this page, see: AFTER ACTION REPORTS. The 43d
AAR has been retyped and it is a document that you
should read. In your last comment you mention that
your father was wounded a few days after the surrender of Germany in the vicinity of Berlin. Can you elaborate
on what he was doing there? I have to look at the
place names in the AAR to see if any of these places
are in the neighborhood of Berlin.

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One more comment. You would like some more information on your father. If I were to put a notice
in the Hellcat News, how would anyone be able to
communicate with you, other than on this Message
Board? How can we make the connection if someone
comes forward?

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posted 3/6/2019 8:58:25 AM  Reply w/Quote
bgaines@cincydist.com
513-509-7800

All I believe to know is that his last wounds were received 5 days after the surrender of Germany when he was leaving Berlin. Maybe it wasn't Berlin. His tank hit a pocket of resistance. I have included my E-Mail and cell number. Where can I obtain a copy of the 43rd Unit History. Thanks for your help.

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Thanks for your contact information. Bob
Scherer will place a notice in the Hellcat
News which will come out on April first.
Then if we are lucky, someone will contact you.

Look at the green column on the left. Click on
AFTER ACTION REPORTS. Then scroll down to the
43rd Tank Battalion. Please let me know if you find something on your Dad.

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posted 3/7/2019 3:23:02 PM  Reply w/Quote
I have and did not find anything on him. You cant imagine how exciting this is for me. My father spoke about the war, I joined the Army when I was 32 just to follow in his foot steps. I was also a tanker. how can I obtain a copy of the Unit History of the 43rd ? Thank you again for all your help.

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You can make a copy, page by page with
your computer and printer.

Alternatively, you can ask the Museum to
make a copy for you, but it will cost more,
of course.

You can try the Web, (Amazon). They may have
old copies for sale.