Legendary World War Two tank captain Lafayette G. Pool had caused havoc among his German adversaries. But amid a fierce battle in Germany’s Rhineland in 1944, his Sherman took two direct hits from a Nazi Panther tank. Was it possible that Pool and his crew could survive this devastating attack?
Born in July 1919 in Odem, Texas, Lafayette Green Pool was one of twin brothers. His sibling was John Thomas Pool, who fought for his country in the U.S. Navy during World War Two. Lafayette, meanwhile, went to school in Taft, Texas, and he graduated from there in 1938.
Pool then tried to join the Navy like his brother but was turned down owing to a sight defect that he’d picked up while boxing. Instead, he continued his studies at Kingsville’s Texas College of Arts and Industries (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), where he majored in engineering. And while at college, he showed superior pugilistic skills.