June 11, 2014

A Driver’s Luck

M4 Sherman driver’s seat

In the above picture we see the driver’s seat of an M4 Sherman. During the battle of Singling Lieutenant William F. Goble’s Sherman was hit by two Armor Piercing rounds. The first round set the tank on fire and wounded the commander, Goble, and the gunner Corporal Therman E. Hale. The second round ricocheted inside the turret until it finally landed in the lap of the tank driver, Technician Fifth Grade John J. Nelsen. Nelsen dropped the hot shell and with the loader, Private Joseph P. Cocchiara, got out of the burning tank. 

U.S. War Department – Historical Division. Small Unit Actions. 1946. Reprint. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army, 1991.

Photo attribution
Alf van Beem, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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