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Curtis Banker | 103rd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division - Army

3:30   |   After training for over a year on both large and small artillery weapons, Curtis Banker deployed to the Pacific, where he manned a howitzer mounted on a tank chassis. On New Guinea, his men found that even lighter armored vehicles were at the mercy of the mud.

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WWII
  • Curtis Banker  |  WWII  |  103rd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division  |  4:54

    Tanks weren't used the same way in the Pacific as they were in Europe, but Curtis Banker was a loader on an unusual armored vehicle that came ashore at the Luzon beachhead. The 105mm howitzer mounted on a tank chassis was an effective weapon where the terrain allowed, but the lack of cover for the loader meant that bullets were always whizzing by his ears.

  • Curtis Banker  |  WWII  |  103rd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division  |  4:21

    Curtis Banker was with an armored artillery unit in the push to take back the Philippines when he had to be evacuated with a serious illness. He recovered fine but he nearly wound up as an unassigned replacement when he was ready to return to service. He said no, I am going back to my own unit. After the atomic bomb settled the war, he got a brief look at the homeland of the enemy.

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STORIES / Documents ( 3 )
  • Curtis Banker's Military Memories  |  WWII  |  Army  |  Download PDF

    Curtis Banker shares his memories of growing up in rural NY during the depression, being in the Army during WWII (43rd Infantry Division, Pacific Theater), the Korean War (73rd Heavy Tank Battalion), and spending the Cold War in Germany, and the many lif

  • Curtis Banker's Military Memories  |  Korea  |  Army  |  Download PDF

    Curtis Banker shares his memories of growing up in rural NY during the depression, being in the Army during WWII (43rd Infantry Division, Pacific Theater), the Korean War (73rd Heavy Tank Battalion), and spending the Cold War in Germany, and the many lif

  • Curtis Banker's Military Memories  |  Cold War  |  Army  |  Download PDF

    Curtis Banker shares his memories of growing up in rural NY during the depression, being in the Army during WWII (43rd Infantry Division, Pacific Theater), the Korean War (73rd Heavy Tank Battalion), and spending the Cold War in Germany, and the many lif

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