Army veteran finally gets to drive a tank

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George Fink drove a truck when he was in the army.  The closest he got to a tank was when he had to haul the broken down ones away.

Fink was 18 when he went to Europe at the end of World War II. His job in the Army was driving a semi-truck all over France and Germany.  

Fink says he always wanted to drive a tank and on Wednesday, he got his wish thanks to people like Bridget Delcoure.

“We made a grand wish list. We had all the residents do that, and specifically, we had these two residents say that they wanted to ride in a tank or they wanted to drive a tank,” Delcoure, a nurse at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, said.

So George, with help from several World War II reenactors, climbed into the cab of a Vietnam era armored personnel carrier.  They took off down the lane so Fink could see how to drive the tank.

And then it was his turn. Fink got behind the sticks and took the tank out for a drive.

“It’s a big thrill for me and a big surprise for me too,” Fink said.

His surprise was all in part thanks to reenactors like Matthew Seeley who with his father collect and resort old military vehicles.  Seeley says days like this are what it’s all about.

“You know this is something I always love to do. It’s the reason why I do it,” Seeley said.

For Fink, it was a dream finally come true.

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