Unit Details

72nd Medium Tank Bn

 

An individual tank is addressed as:

 A1173rdTB - A Company 1st Platoon, 1st Tank, 73rd Tank Battalion

B221stTB - B company, 2nd platoon, 2nd Tank, 1st Tank Battalion (USMC)

D23273rdTB D Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Tank, 73rd Tank Battalion

1st Battalion

Headquarters Company

CO 

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XO

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S-1 Personnel

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S-2 Intelligence

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S-3 Plan sand Operations

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A Company

Able Company

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1st Platoon

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2nd Platoon

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3rd Platoon

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4th Platoon

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B Company

B Company

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2nd Platoon

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3rd Platoon

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4th Platoon

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C Company

C Company

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4th Platoon

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D Company

D Company (Light Tanks)

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3rd Platoon

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4th Platoon

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Medical Detachment

Medical Detachment

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Service Company

Service Company

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August 8, 1950

No doubt owing to the perceived problems in Champeny's 24th Infantry, Eighth Army did not fully trust the 3/9. Upon its arrival in Pusan, Johnnie Walker decided not to commit it directly into hard combat. Instead, he ordered that the 3/9, plus one of Keith's 15th FAB batteries, a company of Shermans of the 72nd Tank Battalion, engineers of the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, and other forces, be sent to guard the FEAF airfield at Yŏnil, near P'ohang. This task force was commanded by the ADC, Sladen Bradley, and Chin Sloane. In this way the 3/9 was introduced to combat in Korea gradually and the Hill-Sloane command problem was temporarily postponed. However, the deletion of the 3/9 left the 9th Infantry with merely two infantry battalions (and two supporting artillery batteries), a composition that would considerably penalize and confuse its leaders, who were accustomed to the standard three battalion formation.[7-64]

August 16, 1950

  

Still more armor reinforcements arrived on 16 August, when the 72nd Medium Tank Battalion, organic to the 2nd Infantry Division, landed at Pusan. The 2nd Division also had two regimental tank companies. [21-12]

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August 28, 1950

On the left and southern flank of the 9th Infantry river line, just above the junction of the Nam River with the Naktong, A Company was dug in on a long finger ridge paralleling the Naktong that terminates in Hill 94 at the Kihang ferry site. The river road from Namji-ri running west along the Naktong passes the southern tip of this ridge and crosses to the west side of the river at the ferry. A small village of a few huts, called Agok, lay at the base of Hill 94 and 300 yards from the river. Two medium tanks of A Company, 72nd Tank Battalion and two antiaircraft vehicles of D Battery, 82nd AAA Battalion, one mounting twin 40-mm. guns and the other four .50-caliber machine guns, together with two rifle squads of A Company, 9th Infantry, held a roadblock near the ferry and close to Agok.

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August 31, 1950

Southward, in the Yongsan area, General Keiser placed Brig. Gen. Joseph S. Bradley, Assistant Division Commander, in charge of the 9th Infantry Regiment, the 2d Engineer Combat Battalion, most of the 72nd Tank Battalion, and other miscellaneous units of the division. This southern grouping was known as Task Force Bradley.

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