"America's Tiger" photo autographed by "Eagle 7" gunner Clarence Smoyer
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The T26E3 Pershing "Eagle 7" test-fires its 90mm on the outskirts of Stolberg, Germany, on February 22, 1945. Cpl. Clarence Smoyer would be named the gunner of "Eagle 7" and he would put it to good use, knocking out four enemy tanks in combat during March & April 1945.
This photo is autographed in black marker by Spearhead hero and "Eagle 7" gunner Clarence Smoyer. The photo features an exclusively designed vintage motif.
Shipping added in checkout // photo size: 8" x 10" // ships flat in a heavy-duty envelope
One of America’s most celebrated tank gunners, Clarence came ashore at Normandy soon after D-Day and served in Shermans before being awarded one of 20 Pershings shipped to the ETO. He claimed five enemy tanks in battle and is the hero of the bestselling book Spearhead. In 2019, he was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor.
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- Enjoy this short news story about Clarence receiving the Bronze Star after nearly 75 years.