Dr. Ted Hartman – Sherman Tank Driver and Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. J. Ted Hartman was born in Louisiana. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Ames, Iowa. He was the last of three siblings. His father was a Professor of Forestry on the faculty of Iowa State University. Dr. Hartman is 91 years old and has written a book entitled Tank Driver.


Ted graduated from high school in 1943, and started college, but was drafted shortly thereafter. The Army sent him to basic training in field artillery at Camp Roberts, California. He was assigned to the 11th Armored Division at Camp Cooke, California. Once his training was complete, he drove a tank under the command of General George Patton. A year later, the division was shipped to the east coast by sleeper trains. They boarded troop ships in the New York Harbor. His ship was in the largest convoy of ships to cross the Atlantic Ocean up to that time.