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Brent A. Peterson
PFC Donald W. Pearson
Tue Jun 19, 2018 20:14
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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 listed with the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Medium, Sherman Tanks). For some reason, they are not listed with those loading ships at Wellington for the Tarawa attack. Perhaps they left directly from Noumea for Tarawa? Perhaps PVT. Quine can clarify when they left Noumea and aboard which ship?

Regards,
Brent A. Peterson

  • 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
    • PFC Donald W. Pearson — Brent A. Peterson, Tue Jun 19 20:14
      • 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 lotGeorge E Proulx, Tue Jun 19 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... more
      • 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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