Re: tanks a lot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 18:21

No worries. Lt. Bale (and your dad) landed with their Shermans in support of the 2nd Marine Division and of course the division's lighter tanks. Eventually, the Marine Corps was issued enough of the Sherman tanks that they could replace all of the 37mm gun-armed Stuarts. But not at Tarawa. Thank you for your dad's service and all of the men that found the courage to land on that bloody island!

  • tanks a lotdonna Werner, Tue Jun 19 16:32
    This is always very confusing to me. My father (Pvt. Don Pearson) was in the tank Clipper along with Pvt. Clifford Quine. I always thought they were in the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division,... more
    • Your father's tankJim Dwyer, Tue Sep 3 14:49
      Donna...I just happened across this thread and wanted to write immediately. I have written two books about the battle for Tarawa...I created a fictitious platoon and I use the men in the platoon to... more
      • Tarawadonna Werner, Wed Sep 11 11:40
        Hi Jim~ I was SO excited to get your note. Yes, I'm familiar with your books, I've read the first one and it was great and so informative. I'd love to keep in touch with you. My email is:... more
    • PFC Donald W. PearsonBrent A. Peterson, Tue Jun 19 20:14
      Donna, PFC Donald W. Pearson and PFC Cliford G. Quine were attached to 1st Corps Medium Tank Battalion at Noumea, New Caledonia from October 6th to October 31st, 1943. Their permanent assignment is... more
      • Pearson and C CosRomain Cansière, Wed Jun 20 11:32
        Hi Dona, hi all, The force designated to take Tarawa was the 2d Marine Division. Each division has its own tank battalion, in this case the 2d Tank Battalion. At Tarawa, two companies of light tanks... more
        • Re: Pearson and C CoTom Godwin, Wed Jun 20 14:15
          Thanks Romain.... The muster rolls make sense then i.e. being on 'loan'....
    • Re: tanks a lot — George E Proulx, Tue Jun 19 18:21
      • tanks a lotdonna Werner, Tue Jun 19 19:23
        Ok, its starting to make sense to me. But I'm still not sure what division my father was in. I guess I'll have to do some research. I think it's probably written in "Tanks in Hell". But thank you for ... more
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