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25th Infantry Division
161st Infantry Regiment
Artwork via 165 Days
Carl R. Thien 1945
Delivered to the U. S. Army as 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 Priest hull number unknown. Assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (25th ID), 161st Infantry Regiment (161st IR), Cannon Company. No known nickname, art work or number.
During January 1945, this M7 Priest landed at Lingayen Gulf on Luzon and advanced inland and participated in the U. S. Army assault against the Japanese Army "Shigemi Detachment" at San Manuel.
On January 27, 1945 during a Japanese counter attack at San Manuel, destroyed by a Japanese Army soldier suicide attack using a mine attached to a pole. The blast caused the left tread to sag and disabled the Priest.
The wreckage of the burned out M7 was abandoned on the battlefield. It is unclear if the hull was recovered or abandoned. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
165 Days: A Story of the 25th Infantry Division on Luzon, page 30-31
"During one of th many counterattacks, a 'Nip' managed to get a lunge mine on one of our M.7's, but what was left of the Jap stayed beside the wreckage and our doughboys destroyed scores of enemy tanks."
Thanks to Carl R. Thien, Bert Caloud and Dave Kerr for additional information
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