Unit: 194th – A Co.

The men of the 194th Tank Battalion, Company A, which originated as the 34th Divisional Tank Company of the Minnesota National Guard from Brainerd, Minnesota.

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Dobson, Pvt. Maxwell S.

Pvt. Maxwell Stephan Dobson was born on September 6, 1915, in Otter Trail, Minnesota, and was the son of William J. Dobson and Florence H. Eastman-Dobson. With his three sisters and six brothers, he was raised in Irondale, Minnesota. For

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Doerck, Pvt. Robert E.

Pvt. Robert Edward Doerck
Born: 18 December 1913 – Lincoln, Nebraska
Parents: Grace Belle Rife-Doerck & Henry A. Doerck
Siblings: 1 sister, 2 brothers
Home: 4344 32nd Street – San Diego, California
– family moved to California during 1940

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Duby, 1st Lt. Ralph W.

1st Lt. Ralph William Duby 
Born: 31 December 1917 – Mason County, Washington 
Parents: William A. Duby & Hazel Putts-Duby 
Siblings: 2 brothers 
Home: 316 North 76th Street – Seattle, Washington 
– Lincoln High School – Seattle, Washington 

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Falconer, PFC. John F.

PFC John Frank Falconer
Born: 1 July 1921 – Minnesota
Mother: George B. Falconer & Elvina E. Novak-Falconer
Siblings: 4 sisters, 2 brothers
Hometown: 1824 Norwood Street – Brainerd, Minnesota
Enlisted: Minnesota National Guard – September 1940
Selective Service Registration:

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Finch, PFC Harvey L.

PFC Harvey Louis Finch 
Born: 13 June 1918 – Forest Lake, Minnesota 
– the family moved to Brainerd – November 1920 
Mother: Bernard & Bertha Finch 
– father died 
Siblings: 4 sisters, 1 brother 
Home: 1116 South 12th Street –

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Fitzpatrick, PFC. Bernard T.

PFC. Bernard T. Fitzpatrick
Born: 23 February 1915 – Waverly, Minnesota
Parents: Florien Fitzpatrick & Catherine Shafranski-Fitzpatrick
Siblings: 4 sisters, 2 brothers
Nicknames: B.T., Bernie, Fitz
Graduated: College of Saint Thomas
– Class of 1938
Hometown: Waverly, Minnesota

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Forsythe, Pvt. Donald B.

Pvt. Donald Bruce Forsythe 
Born: 25 April 1920 – Roundup, Montana 
Parents: Donald B. Forsythe & Lucille D. Russell-Forsythe 
– father died in 1920 before he was born 
– mother remarried
Hometown: Roundup, Montana 
Occupation: Forest Service 
Enlisted: Wyoming National

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Fox, Sgt. Raymond E.

Sgt. Raymond E. Fox 
Born: 29 January 1920 – Brainerd, Minnesota 
Parents: Oscar R. Fox & Edith L. Cain-Fox 
Siblings: 2 sisters, 3 brothers 
Home: 701 North Eighth Street – Brainerd, Minnesota  
Occupation: sandblaster – foundry 
Enlisted: Minnesota National Guard 

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Franck, Tec 5 Wilmer H.

T/5 Wilmer Henry Franck
Born: 9 April 1917 – Carver County, Minnesota
Parents: William C. Franck & Frieda Bartels-Franck
Siblings: 6 sisters, 6 brothers
Hometown: Route 1, Benton Township, Carver County, Minnesota
Occupation: worked on the family’s farm
Selective Service

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Franklin, Pvt. Carl H. F.

Pvt. Carl H. Franklin was born to Jackson Franklin & Helen Hirsch-Franklin on February 28, 1919, in Harvey, North Dakota. With his three brothers and sister, he grew up in Goodrich, North Dakota, and was working on his family’s farm.

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Garrison, Pvt. Russell S.

Pvt. Russell Smith Garrison 
Born: 16 February 1918 – Kalamazoo, Michigan 
Parents: Mark E. & Pearl M. Garrison 
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother 
Nickname: “Shorty” 
– the reason for the nickname was he was 5 feet 1 inch tall 

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Gattie, Tec 4 Arthur G.

T/4 Arthur George Gattie
Born: 14 February 1921 – Minnesota
Parents: Arthur U. Gattie & Gladys Hess-Gattie
Siblings: 2 brothers
Home: 1002 8th Street – Brainerd, Minnesota
Education: Washington High School
– left high school during his junior year

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