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“Tigers in Support”

 
 
"Tigers in Support" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
1. "Tigers in Support" Marker
Inscription. Soldiers of the Third Platoon, Charlie Company, Sixth Medium Tank Battalion, 24th Infantry Division received an urgent message on April 25, 1951. It was from the Rangers of the Eighth Ranger Company (Airborne) (code name Old Rose), who found themselves under a massive Chinese attack as they provided rearguard security for the withdrawal of the division. They needed support to evacuate their mounting casualties and to be transported back to friendly lines. Seizing the initiative, Lieutenant David Teich directed his unique, tiger striped tanks of the Third Platoon towards the nearly surrounded Rangers. In describing the desperate fight around Hill 628, one of the Rangers remarked, “if they (the tanks) donít assist, Old Rose will be No Rose.” Risking potential death or capture, Lieutenant Teichís tanks reached the Rangers. The tankers helped load the Rangers onto the vehicles and carried them to safety behind friendly

lines. The unique yellow, black and white, tiger stripe camouflage pattern of the Sixth Medium Tank Battalion was explained by Lieutenant Teich:
“From what I understand the reasons for painting not only my battalion tanks, but I believe all of the Army tanks in Korea, was that the psychological warfare department thought that since 1951 was the Year of the Tiger for the Chinese Army, if we painted

Insert - Medium Tank M46 characteristics image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 7, 2014
2. Insert - Medium Tank M46 characteristics
our tanks to look like tigers, it would scare them off. I donít think it did that, but it sure made my tank stand out a long way off.”
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.183′ N, 77° 9.476′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "Duster" (here, next to this marker); Defender of Pusan (within shouting distance of this marker); From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Corporal Eugene C. Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold War (within shouting distance of this marker); Personal Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Armyís New 50-Ton Killer (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Warrant Officer 4 William F. Hale (Retired) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
Insert - Lt. Teich and "Cora - G" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 9, 2015
3. Insert - Lt. Teich and "Cora - G"
M46 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 9, 2015
4. M46 on display
M46 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 9, 2015
5. M46 on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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