Unit Details

1st Tank Bn



Able Company

CO
Englise, Gearl M. Capt.
XO
Craig, Robert J 1st Lt.
1st Platoon
Sweet, Granville G. 2nd Lt.
2nd Platoon
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Pomeroy, William D. 1st Lt.
3rd Platoon
Winter, Robert M. 2nd Lt.
Communications
Baughman, Prentiss H. 2nd Lt.
Supply
Doyel, Grant R. COW
Maintenance
Plumbley, Robert J. CWO
Reconnance
Carson, John S. 2nd Lt.

 

CO  Captain Gearl M. English

 

1st Battalion

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LtCol Harry T. Mime

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S-2 Intelligence

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Headquarters and Headquarters Company

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A Company

A Company
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2ndLt  Granville G. Sweet

B Company

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C Company

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D Weapons Company

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Medical Detachment

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Service Company

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Unit Info

 

 

Annotation

July 1950

There was not enough time in most instances for weapons familiarization training. Company A of the 1st Tank Battalion had been accustomed to the M4A3 Medium tank with either the 75-mm. gun or the 105-mm. howitzer.

 Activated on 7 July for service with the Brigade, the unit was equipped with M–26 “Pershing” tanks and 90-mm. guns. Captain Gearl M. English, the commanding officer, managed to snatch 1 day in which to take his men to the range with 2 of the new machines. Each gunner and loader was limited to 2 rounds, and the 90-mm. guns were never fired again until they were taken into combat in Korea.[20]

 

August 10, 1950 0115

Two hours later the unit marched southward on the new MSR to make the night attack on Paedun-ni. Passing through 1/5’s lines at 0115, 10 August, the weary Marines pressed on toward their target against no resistance.

The point of the column included three M–26’s of First Lieutenant William D. Pomeroy’s tank platoon.

August 17, 1950

Shortly after 2/5’s jump-off on 17 August, the M–26’s of the 3rd Platoon, Able Company Tanks, moved forward of the road cut and supported the advance by 90-mm. and machinegun fire. The Marine armor, led by Second Lieutenant Granville G. Sweet, concentrated on heavy NKPA weapons along the crest of Objective One and knocked out at least 12 antitank guns and several automatic weapons. In return, 1 M–26 withstood 3 direct hits by enemy mortars, and the 4 vehicles combined were struck by a total of 23 antitank projectiles. Neither tanks nor crews were bothered appreciably, and only one man was slightly wounded.[4]

After the 1st Battalion had passed through 2/5, a section of tanks moved forward on the road and blasted several North Korean positions in Tugok. When Company B seized the northern tip of the objective, Sweet led all his vehicles back to the tank CP, 1,000 yards east of Observation Hill.