Four soldiers posing in jeep with machine guns

Gift in Memory of Nicholas Patano

Photograph. Four unidentified soldiers, posing in jeep, all holding Thompson submachine guns. The jeep has markings of the 5th Armored Division and 81st Armor Regiment/81st Tank Battalion. Probably taken during training at a camp in the United States. Unknown location. Circa 1943-44

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Items from the service of T4 Nicholas J. Patano, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 1, 1916. He worked as a carpenter before he enlisted in the Army on June 21, 1941. Patano went overseas in February of 1944 and served as a Sherman tank driver with the 5th Armored Division, 81st Tank Battalion in the European Theatre. He participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. Patano returned to the United States in September of 1945 and was Honorably Discharged on October 21, 1945. The collection includes over 200 photographs, a few documents and two objects.