For now, please scroll down for a small selection of postings:
Partial listing of video's posted
1945 - Duel at the Cathedral" Video
See PDF of Bill's induction in 2010 into the Ohio Veterans Hall
Below: A pioneer in the U.S. military's use of DRONES, the 503rd Aviation Bn
of the 3AD is shown in West Germany on the frontline of the Cold War in 1965.
(from Spearhead Newspaper 9/3/1965)
|Members of 1/D/4-8 Cav celebrate their great win at Grafenwoehr, Germany, over NATO's best tank crews. First Row (kneeling) from left: PFC Brent S. Berry, PFC Steven E. Kuhn, SGT David Wills, SPC Robert W. Perez, PFC Carl N. Voke (RIP), SSG Daniel Mariano, SGT Eric Knox, SPC Bradley J. Wellendorf (holding plaque), 1LT Pierre E. Massar, and 1SG Gary Fravel. Second Row from left: SPC David M. Segrest, SGT Sean Banks, SPC David J. Thornton, SSG Kenneth Pridgen, SFC William G. Kemmits, SGT James Flaherty, and CPL Jeffrey Norman. (Photo from Steven Kuhn)|
The Duel at Dessau - April 1945
3AD's "Super Pershing" vs. Germany's "King Tiger"
WWII's two most powerful tanks met in a quick historic encounter
Top Photo: The "Super Pershing" T26E4, a modified standard Pershing T26, is shown at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in early 1945 shortly before being shipped to the 3rd Armored Division inside Germany via England. Bottom Photo: The legendary 77-ton German King Tiger, or Tiger II.
Only two Super Pershings were ever built and the 3AD had the only one in the war - an experimental version with its remarkably long barrel. Arriving very late for combat (March, 1945), it was assigned to the 3AD's 33rd Armored Regiment and field tested inside Germany. Additional armor plating was added and other modifications made.The Super Pershing, now at 53 tons, was equipped with a new 90mm gun that was designed to out-perform the devastating high-velocity 88mm on the King Tiger.
The Super Pershing subsequently saw about ten days of actual combat action, beginning several days after the Battle of Paderborn and ending inside the city of Dessau near the Elbe River. Only three days before the 3AD's final combat of WWII, the Super Pershing and its 33rd AR crew would finally have its chance against a King Tiger. The German tank, apparently waiting in ambush on a Dessau street, fired first but shot high. An instant reply by the American crew also failed, as their high-explosive round ricocheted off the King Tiger's huge angled front plate. Then just as the German monster was moving forward and raising up over a pile of rubble, an armor-piercing round from the Super Pershing penetrated the Tiger's underbelly, apparently striking the ammo well and resulting in a tremendous explosion that blew its turret loose and very likely killed its entire crew.
Unfortunately both of the only Super Pershings ever built were scrapped shortly after the war and forever lost as treasured Army museum pieces. Of the 33rd AR crew in Germany, only two names are known: the tank commander, Staff Sgt. Joseph Maduri of Massachusetts, and the tank's gunner, Corporal John P. Irwin of Pennsylvania.
COLD WAR POCKET GUIDE
issued to 3rd Armored Division troops in West Germany
|This worn, original, one-sheet guide (circa. 1962, shown here enlarged) folded to 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and gave the very basics of what to do if the unthinkable happened. Given these unsettling times today (in 2015), this guide is still largely relevant, but more current updated reading should also be pursued.|
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