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Comment by John Muise on January 13, 2010 at 11:53am
Oh I'm sure at the time I was mortified but 25 years take a bit of the edge off. I regret that it happened right at ENDEX and my new wife was arriving in Frankfurt right around at that time and SFC Lewenski was going to send me back with the HHC trains until I went "ditchin". Who care now? I'd go back and do it again in a heartbeat. Mike, you and I were two of the most experienced drivers in that company. I drove straight from December 84 through July 85. So glad you posted these pics. Keep them coming.
Comment by Mike Chancey on January 13, 2010 at 12:34am
Actually as I recall two of the tanks threw track during the extraction.
I manage to only throw a track on our M60A3, D14 once, but I did it right. It was at Hohenfels and it threw to the inside, didn't break, and the tank was in the bottom of a huge mud hole. The platoon had to go on without us so my TC, Tankin' Bob (Sfc Fay) jumped on another tank and left us. About an hour later the CO's tank, D66 came by and pulled us out of the hole. That gave us enough room to break the track, but it was still under the belly of the beast. Later that afternoon the platoon was able to come back and give us a hand. One tank pulled us one way while another pulled the track out from underneath us the other way. They dragged the track up to a clear reasonably dry area then tried to drag us onto the track. They even tried burying the end, but the tank just kept pushing it out of the way. Finally the M88 came over and lifted the front of the tank onto the track. A bunch of sections of track were damaged so we had to raid the spares on the rest of the tanks to get it together and back to the motor pool. Fun!
Comment by michael t ward on January 12, 2010 at 7:25pm
God dam what a mess, as long as nobody through a track no problem.
I have put a m551 in a ditch before B39 lost a track on a road march in front of me i thought i could miss its track and did just what happen hear, got high centered and stuck fast in a dich.
But we could recover a lot faster than your heavy ass M60s.
still a great shot
mtw
B/37
Comment by Mike Chancey on January 7, 2010 at 7:48pm
Come on John, don't get so defensive. We know Lt. Bazaari (Mazari) caused this one. The funny part was him coming up on the command push and telling Cpt. Kruger "We are going to need at least two M-88s to get this out". I Kruger just about lost then Big Lew (Sfc Lewenski) then pops up and says, "No, we don't need any '88s, we can self recover".
Comment by John Muise on January 7, 2010 at 4:24pm
It took two tanks to pull me out of that ditch! Two M60A3s! Can I render a armored vehicle inop or what?

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