Hometown Patriot: March 13, 2013 - Dewey Fontenot

Hometown Patriot -- Dewey Fontenot

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Dewey Noah Fontenot served in the U.S. Army's armored division during the Korea War era.

"I was a tank commander," said Fontenot. "Our tanks were Sherman tanks, used in World War Two. They had nomenclature. That means they had identification status."

Fontenot served in Stuttgart, Germany, but never made it to Korea. Instead, the Army wanted him to train other tank operators who later went to Korea.

"We had to go in the field of course, for the maneuvers and simulate the actual happenings.  Take over a hill or whatever. We had our objectives," he said.

Fontenot still has his steel pot helmet and mess kit that he used way back then. But he's especially fond of those Sherman tanks.

"They had a 76 mm cannon with a 50 caliber machine gun on top of the turret, operated by the tank commander, and a .30 caliber machine gun by the loader," he said.

Dewey Fontenot lives in Lake Charles.

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