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Name Dempsey, George R.
Notes George R. Dempsey was born in Oshkosh, WI on February 22, 1918, the son of Edward J. and Sadie Dempsey. He graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1935 and Notre Dame University in 1939. He took post graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1940 and began working for Pusey & Jones shipbuilders in Wilmington, Delaware. He was drafted in January 1941 and began training as a tanker at Fort Benning, GA. He was assigned to officer training school at Fort Knox, KY and became a 2nd lieutenant in January 1942, assigned to the 1st Armored Division. He returned to Oshkosh and married Catherine A. Schwalm on January 10, 1942. He left for overseas duty in May of 1942 and trained in Northern Ireland with British forces. They left for the North African Campaign in November 1942 and entered combat in Tunisia on January 21, 1943. He was quickly promoted to 1st lieutenant and command of a tank company. He received the surrender of a German Panzer (tank) Division and received the Silver Star and was promoted to Captain. His division fought in the Italian Campaign in November 1943 and fought at Casino and Anzio. While engaged north of Rome, he was wounded on June 4, 1944 and awarded the Purple Heart. At his own request, he was discharged from the hospital on June 24, and returned to the fighting on June 26. He was killed in action on June 28, 1944 near Siena, Italy.

Associated Records

Image of Double Decker Bus in Belafast - P2005.40.19

Double Decker Bus in Belafast - P2005.40.19

Gelatin print of Double Decker Bus in Belafast.

Image of US Tankers in North Africa - P2005.40.33

US Tankers in North Africa - P2005.40.33

Gelatin print of US Tankers in North Africa.

Image of Dempsey Wedding - P2005.40.1

Dempsey Wedding - P2005.40.1

Gelatin print of Dempsey Wedding.

Image of Captain George R. Dempsey - P2005.40.2

Captain George R. Dempsey - P2005.40.2

Gelatin print of Captain George R. Dempsey.

Image of Tank Commanders - P2005.40.3

Tank Commanders - P2005.40.3

Gelatin print of Tank Commanders.

Image of Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.5

Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.5

Gelatin print of Tankers in Camp.

Image of Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.6

Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.6

Gelatin print of Tankers in Camp.

Image of Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.7

Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.7

Gelatin print of Tankers in Camp.

Image of George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.12

George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.12

Gelatin print of George Dempsey Drinking Beer.

Image of Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.8

Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.8

Gelatin print of Tankers in Camp.

Image of Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.9

Tankers in Camp - P2005.40.9

Gelatin print of Tankers in Camp.

Image of George Dempsey on Tank - P2005.40.10

George Dempsey on Tank - P2005.40.10

Gelatin print of George Dempsey on Tank.

Image of George Dempsey in Truck - P2005.40.11

George Dempsey in Truck - P2005.40.11

Gelatin print of George Dempsey in Truck.

Taxi in Belafast - P2005.40.18

Gelatin print of Taxi in Belafast.

Image of George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.13

George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.13

Gelatin print of George Dempsey Drinking Beer.

Image of George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.14

George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.14

Gelatin print of George Dempsey Drinking Beer.

Image of George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.15

George Dempsey Drinking Beer - P2005.40.15

Gelatin print of George Dempsey Drinking Beer.

Image of George Dempsey & Friend - P2005.40.16

George Dempsey & Friend - P2005.40.16

Gelatin print of George Dempsey & Friend.

Image of George Dempsey in Belafast - P2005.40.17

George Dempsey in Belafast - P2005.40.17

Gelatin print of George Dempsey in Belafast.

Image of US Tankers in North Africa - P2005.40.20

US Tankers in North Africa - P2005.40.20

Gelatin print of US Tankers in North Africa.