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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
22 Feb 1921 2
Oakland City, Indiana 2
Death:
30 Mar 2010 2
Manchester, Missouri 2
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Person:
Charles C Dike 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
22 Feb 1921 2
Oakland City, Indiana 2
Birth:
1921 1
Indiana 1
Death:
30 Mar 2010 2
Manchester, Missouri 2
Burial:
Burial Place: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 2
Residence:
Place: Monroe County, Indiana 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
16 Dec 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35574610 1
Discharge Date:
05 Dec 1945 2
Discharge Location:
Camp Atterbury, Indiana 2
Enlistment Place:
Indianapolis Indiana 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Unit:
607th Tank Destroyer Battalion 2
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Occupation:
Bookkeepers and cashiers, except bank cashiers 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0961 1
Film Reel Number: 5.23 1

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He was assigned to the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion, originally in the Reconnaissance Company, then C Company when they converted to towed guns and back to Recon when they converted to the self-propelled M36 destroyer.  A few incidents stuck with him over the years.  During the period when the unit was using towed 3” guns, a crew had been set up to guard an intersection.  A German armored car came along and they fired at it.  The round entered the front of the vehicle, hit the engine block and was deflected down, hit the pavement and came back up through the rear of the vehicle.  It was a dud round.  The Germans were able to jump out and run away.  The gun crew would normally fire a high explosive round to eliminate escaping personnel but they all stood there staring in disbelief.  He operated radio’s most of the time and was required to report in each morning.  They were issued code sheets regularly and each day had a different one.  Early one morning, under his poncho in the field using a flashlight, he could not make sense of the response he was getting.  He became worried that the Germans might be interfering and got the lieutenant to listen but he could not figure it out either.  They eventually realized the guy on the other end was using the wrong day’s code.  Another time they were in a small village and had settled into the basement of a house for the night.  Around midnight they received a radio call and were told to get out of there, now, and pull back!  They returned through the same area a few days later and most of that house was gone but he never heard what happened in that village.  Curt was transferred to HQ Co, 771st TD Bn on July 1, 1945 along with several other guys from the Recon Co.  The 771st returned to the US on Nov 29, docking at New York City aboard the USAT Edmund B. Alexander.  He was discharged from the Army on Dec. 5 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. 

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