John McGuckin Presents “Sergeant Charles McGuckin, 22nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Armored Division, A Citizen Soldier”
In 1939, our regular military numbered 334,473 personnel. At the end of the war in 1945, this number had swelled to 12,209,238. Thirty-nine percent were volunteers and the remaining 61 percent were draftees.
This presentation will follow the story of one of these citizen soldiers, Sergeant Charles Edward McGuckin, from his early life in Philadelphia to his induction into the US Army and then to his death in action while serving with the 4th Armored Division of Patton’s Third Army during the Lorraine campaign in November of 1944. Information on the composition of the 4th Armored Division, including training, equipment, personnel, tactics, and battles will be covered in detail.
Lunchbox Lectures are free and open to the public on every third Wednesday of the month. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.