Tanker Jimmie Leach

blockbuster3-1945-3For those that have read the interview that Tank and AFV News did last year with author Steven Zaloga, they may have noticed that Mr. Zaloga mentioned a WWII veteran tanker named Jimmie Leach as someone he talked to regularly while researching WWII armor earlier in his career.  As a young man of 22, Jimmie Leach was a company commander of Sherman tanks in the 37th Tank Battalion of the 4th Armored Division during WWII, serving under the command of Creighton Abrams.   He went on to distinguished military career, reaching the rank of Colonel and receiving numerous awards and decorations, including three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and five Purple Hearts.  He retired from the Army in 1974 but stayed involved with armor, working for tank engine producer Teledyne Continental Motors for 13 years.  He passed away on Dec 17, 2009 at age 87.

Fortunately, researcher Matthew Hermes was able to interview Leach extensively before he passed away and to craft those interviews into a biography.  Extensive excerpts from the unreleased biography can be read at the website Tanker Jimmie Leach. For those interested in the experiences of a US Sherman tank commander in Patton’s 3rd Army, we would highly recommend reading through the content of this website.  Of particular interest will be chapters 6 and 7 which deal with Leach’s experiences in Europe after D-Day.

Go to Tanker Jimmie Leach by Matthew Hermes, PhD.

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