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 Gerald Maurice Bolt

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Gerald Maurice Bolt

  • Birth 14 Dec 1916 Iowa, USA
  • Death 29 Apr 1989 Hollister, Taney County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Branson, Taney County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Sec 13; Row from East, N - S: 2
  • Memorial ID 52555867

U.S. service info provided by FG user # 47877047.
US Army, 4 May 1942 to 2 Oct 1944. He also provided places of birth and death.
Parent links & info below provided by FG user # 47877047.

A shell burst shattered the leg of tank commander Sergeant Gerald M. Bolt, of Sac City, Iowa, as he was climbing into his turret while the landing craft headed for the beach. He refused to be evacuated out of combat but insisted on staying with his tank and crew. When his tank plowed through the surf to beach, Sergeant Bolt was in command. He found that his wounded leg would not support his weight as he stood in the turret. He had his gunner lash the leg to the recoil guard of the 75 mm gun, using an empty cartridge belt. Sergeant Bolt remained in the fight for six hours. While he commanded, his tank knocked out at least one anti-tank gun and drove enemy infantry from a position on the sides of the bluff. At noon, when things had quieted down some, Sergeant Bolt allowed himself to be evacuated to the medics.


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MM Sgt. US Army WWII


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  • Maintained by: Rickey "Rick" Boult
  • Originally Created by: WRVHS
  • Added: 18 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52555867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Maurice Bolt (14 Dec 1916–29 Apr 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52555867, citing Ozarks Memorial Park, Branson, Taney County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Rickey "Rick" Boult (contributor 47877047) .