Theodore A GESKE

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER37269482
AGE31 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1913 Superior WISCONSIN
(Source: German)
STATEWISCONSIN
FAMILYMarié à: Gladys
Parents Gustave E & Martha A GESKE
RANKSergeant
FONCTION--
JOB before ENLISTEMENT WI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT24 april 1942
COMPANYCompany C
BATTALION743rd Tank Battalion
ARMYU.S. Army
DATE OF DEATH8 july 1944geske theodore tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHDuring the advance of St Lo
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY de Colleville

Plan du Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
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A1124
DECORATION
 
Purple Heart
 
 
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STORY

Sibling of 6 children of a German immigrant family

Engaged April 24, 1942

- WASHINGTON parked Fort Lewis for his basic training

- Stationed Fort Knox Artillery School

He landed at Omaha Beach on White Dog with delay

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Diagram units 116th landing on Omaha Beach.

 

7 July 1944 30th Infantry Division helped by the 743rd Tank Battalion frees St Jean de Daye.

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Map of the advance of July 7, 1944

July 8, 1944 the company C of the 743rd Tank Battalion must support the 3rd Battalion of the 117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division, these units were to attack south.

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Map of the advance of July 8, 1944

This offensive was to be coordinated with the 3rd armored division. Alas units that could not communicate for technical reasons.

They soar all at the same time which causes a traffic jam.

The result is that the company C of the 743rd tank battalion and 3rd battalion are slowed in their progression

At the end of the day the 743rd free "The Osmonds"

During the previous three weeks the 743rd tank battalion has lost any man.

July 8, 1944 it takes 6.

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Letter from Commander Theodore GESKE

INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT
PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud
TRADUCTIONNathalie