Thank you Michel, @michel-verschuere
for joining our ever growing group. My Dad served in these M-26 Pershing’s and M-46 Patton’s in Korea. He said they were both a good tank, and he loved the high velocity 90 MM, but then added that the older “Easy 8” Sherman could go in places where the M-26 / 46 would not. Dad served in the Sherman’s in Korea too. Later when I turned 18, I joined the US Army and I wanted to be like my Dad so I also joined up and served in Armor, mainly in the older M-60A1, and in my final months, the fabulous M-1A1.
I am looking forward to seeing what fantastic creation you have in store for us………….This is going to be a good one.
I have always felt that this particular photo captured a glimpse of what it was like to be in Korea at this time…………. Cold, hungry, tired beyond imagination, and the boredom of marching, occasionally interrupted by the utter chaos and terror of combat. Your feet and legs hurts after miles of walking, your back is aching from carrying everything you own. Your arms, hands and shoulders are cramping up after carrying your rifle for hours on end. Your neck hurts from supporting not only your head but also the heavy steel pot helmet for what seems like an eternity, and you dare not take it off. You might need it to dig a hole with, cook a meal in or use it as a sink when you shave. Dad told me that they had very little water for drinking as it was all frozen solid, and there was no time for shaving, so he had a beard by the time this was all said and done.
I am not 100 percent positive, but I think this photo was taken as the Marines were “advancing in another direction” from Chosin to Hungnam in November / early December 1950. My Dad was there and was one of the “Frozen Chosen”…………….
This is why I chose this picture to represent the group build.
To see you make a model depicting the photo, makes me feel that we think very much alike………