What an event at Denver’s Union Station! Thanks to everyone who came out to give Clarence Smoyer a hero’s welcome and to @jmlworldfilter for providing this amazing venue, and Russ Morgan for sharing his M5 Stuart tank, and to the Denver media who showed up in strength. Video link in BIO! 🇺🇸 Photos: @firstname.lastname@example.org@chieftallchuck
Join me in saluting the deeds of Clarence Smoyer, the hero of “Spearhead.” On this day, 74 years ago, Clarence dispensed justice near the Cologne cathedral.
It all began when a German Panther tank crew came out to fight to the death, to kill to the last round. And they succeeded in knocking out two Sherman tanks, killing Karl Kellner (26) from Wisconsin, who had a fiancé waiting for him back home, and Julian Patrick (23) from Kentucky, whose three brothers would never see him again, and Curtis Speer (21) who would never step foot in his beloved Texas again.
A desperate call went out for someone, anyone, to counter the Panther. A Pershing tank rolled forward. In the gunner’s seat was Clarence Smoyer, a crack shot with a tank gun. The rest was history. The two tanks would come face to face in a duel reminiscent of a Wild West gunfight. And that day Clarence shot first and shot straight, three times, until the Panther was reduced to a burning hulk and its crew sent fleeing, unable to claim any more American lives.
On this anniversary of the duel, join me in raising a glass to Clarence, the avenger of Cologne, and to his brothers in arms: Karl, Julian, and Curtis, who remain forever young. Their deaths may have been 74 years ago, but we won’t forget them. #pershingtank#colognetankduel#panthertank
Dear friends, we did it! Spearhead just became a New York Times bestseller at #4, thanks to YOU! I’m lucky/blessed to have the best readers in the world.
Last week was a week of smiles for Clarence Smoyer when Rob Collings and the American Heritage Museum gave him his first tank ride in 75 years. No one deserves it more! Photos (c) Boston Globe and Associated Press #Shermantank#clarencesmoyer#pershingtank#worldwarII
When Clarence Smoyer came home from WWII, no one was there to greet him. We fixed that yesterday! Thanks to John Rich Sr. and Jr. for supplying their Sherman, “Black Diamond Express,” to honor Spearhead’s hero with a tank ride through his hometown 💪🏻🇺🇸 all photos by Richard Kintzel for the Morning Call #shermantank#clarencesmoyer#pershingtank#worldwarii
Dear friends, Spearhead is out! This week Clarence and I hit three cities to promote the book, and the tanks came with us! Harrisburg, PA: Thanks to Frank Buck for supplying his Sherman E8 and to his son, Adam (in uniform) for driving that beautiful beast. Photos by Tim Lambert @tim_lambert_witf
During WWII, army cameramen followed Clarence Smoyer and his tank crew as they fought through Cologne. What you’re about to see are the ACTUAL heroes of my upcoming book, “Spearhead,” shown in the heat of battle. Pre-order yours today (link in bio) to secure a collectible first-printing! #pershingtank#panthertank#shermantank#3rdarmoreddivision