Saturday, 17 November 2018 18:44
Gentlemen, thank you for diligent efforts and commitment to preserving the history of the Tank Destroyer Force. I am a retired Armor officer serving on both active duty with 3rd Battalion 35th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Germany from 1984 through 1987 and with the 1st Battalion 103rd Armored Regiment, 28th Infantry Division from 1988 through 2006. The 1/103rd Armor is the successor to the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion and has carrier forward its lineage. I am very humble to have had the opportunity to serve in the shadows to these fine soldiers and I hope that my service lived up to their sacrifice. It is only through sights such as yours that the histories of these gallant men remain alive. Your sight has been invaluable to me as I search for details of the actions of the 628th during the European Campaign. My goal is to document and the 628th's coming of age and combat experiences in a complete history that will do justice to the service of the men of the Victory TD. Your sight has pointed me toward available sources which will supplement and strength those I have already obtained.
Saturday, 17 November 2018 18:02
My father George E Englund
is listed in the Company C Roster for 819th battalion. He never talked much about his war experiences, now that he's gone, was nice to find this piece of history to connect with.
Deb Rae Stageberg
Sunday, 11 November 2018 19:12
I am trying to find anyone that might of served with my dad-Garland Taylor Graham (Fuzzy) in the 630th Tank Destroyer unit in WWII. Dad was at the Battle of the Bulge-in a fox hole for 14 days. He enlisted in 1942 and I believe he did his training at Ft Hood. I don't have much information. Deb Stageberg
Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:55
Just found this site today. My dad was with the 692nd tank destroyers in Germany between 1941-1943. He was a Tech Sgt. All I have from his service is one photo taken at Ft. Knox with the 692nd sign. I also have his shoulder patch & stripes. He was awarded a Purple Heart & Bronze Star, but I have no records except the basics. Would love to know more. He was from Louisville, KY --Frank Edward Bowles
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:08
Hi Tank Destroyer friends! We are very close to HALF way to the fundraising goal of $5000.00 necessary to allow creation of a plaque commemorating the 643rd TDB and all its men at the National Museum of the United States Army in Washington DC. Please reach out to your friends and family with memory of a relative who served with the 643rd and ask them to make a modest contribution. Even $20 multiplied a hundred times will get us to the finish line! Learn more here: https://armyhistory.causevox.com/643rdTDB#main
Friday, 07 September 2018 22:39
Someone contracted me recently about Howard Redfern. I deleted your email by mistake. Please write back.
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 16:51
Very interesting to come across a photo of my uncle Lt. John O. Sharp on this great site. He died in the waning months of the war, years before I was born. His younger brother Dan, my father, graduated from West Point in 1951 and had told me about John being in the 773rd. That number, his name, and a Google search led me to the photo.
Sunday, 26 August 2018 18:19
My father was Thompson L. (Tom) Raney. His best friend during and after WWII was Joe Henry Bruton, Jr. of Houston, TX. They served in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Btn together. I have Bruton family photos I'd like to send to the Bruton family.
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:10
Thank you for the story of Frank N. Aten.
Monday, 30 July 2018 07:55
My father Henry O. Lucas was in Company C 636 tank destroyer. Really enjoyed this site. Would love to see more photos that anyone might have. Many years ago I actually had the pleasure of meeting one person my Dad served with, Clell King and saw many photos in his personal collection.
Sunday, 22 July 2018 12:54
Hi!! My grandfather Joseph F. Martyn was in the 820th during WWii. He was a POW. I never got to meet him because he died when my mother was 3, in 1958. After my uncle (his son) passed away we found a foot locker of my grandpas things in his basement. We had to put a lot of the pieces together through research to find out anything about his time in the army since no one knew much about him.
I wanted to say thank you for putting this website together as it has been very helpful!
Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:19
Something was brought to my attention by my nephew when we discussed my fathers campaign.
He suffered the concussion at the battle of the bulge. He actually woke up lying with dead bodies in a barn, bleeding from his eyes, ears, and nose. A black man was collecting dog tags. When he saw my father get up and start walking, he ran out of the barn screaming. Medics then came and helped him. After he came back to the states, he spent a lot of time recovering. Approximately a year later, he would just pass out while walking or talking. Doctors performed surgery on his back, and he went into a 6-9 month coma. They thought he would die, but he was one tough bad-ass! His life was lived with physical pain, mental scars, and the love of his wife and 7 children till the age of 91.
Cheryl Waskul Schaeffer
Friday, 29 June 2018 20:14
My beloved father Nicholas Waskul was a modest man. He was never one to brag or boast about his accomplishments. I only knew about his WWII experiences from when he would mention them from time to time. As a child I would crawl into bed to snuggle daddy and wonder why there was sand in his bed, not realizing it was shrapnel leaching from his body years after the war. On occasion, he would tell me a story, and they were branded into my brain. It is only now that I have been researching his war time experiences, as he passed in 2017, and they were not stories he savored. I used to joke with him, "you may be old for a man, but you are young for a mountain"! But he was a mountain, strong, proud, and loved his family with all his heart.
Thank you so much for the wonderful display you created in his honor. I cried when I saw it, and will shed a tear for all men who sacrificed so much. Truly the greatest generation.
Friday, 29 June 2018 12:53
My dad Harold Bowling landed on Day 4 at Normandy, along with his brothers Arnold Bowling and William Bowling. News clippings from 1944-45 say they were in a tank destroyer unit, but it's not named. I have many pictures I'm willing to share, but for now looking for information. My family had five members included, two were killed, one buried at Henri Chappelle(Roy C. Webster), and three, including my dad, came home to Ohio. The fifth family member is named William Turner. All from Hamilton Ohio. I'm currently living in the Netherlands doing research.
Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:57
My father, Ray E McLaughlin, served with the 706th Tank Battalion.
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 22:30
My father Lester H. Fox was company clerk for B company 636 TD battalion. He and four men from our community were drafted into the army and sent directly to the battalion without boot training. Three came home unmarked, one was killed and one badly wounded.
Monday, 18 June 2018 09:42
My father, Ernest R. Hines, and Uncle, Robert C. Hines, both served in the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
The information provided on this website filled in many of the blanks in their WWII history.
Thank you so much
Sunday, 17 June 2018 18:27
I submitted my uncle's name and picture (Arthur J Curry) because I was hoping someone might remember him and be able to shed some light on what experiences he had with Company A, 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was never the same person after he returned from the war. Only now do I understand what he might have experienced to render him in that state. I was hoping someone might be able to shed some light on him.
Saturday, 16 June 2018 14:48
Great grandfather was James E Young, can’t find info on him. Charles Brown died May 5th 1944 great uncle
James Brian Penix
Friday, 15 June 2018 16:46
Doing research about my Grandfather.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:20
Father - TSgt Carl F. Braunbeck, USA; 32d Division, 632 Anti-Tank Bn. Louisana Maneuvers, New Guinea, Luzon, Leyte.
mario s ficarola
Monday, 28 May 2018 21:26
My Dad was SamS Ficarola Tech 5 th grade with the 824 th Tank Destroyer Battalion with them from Marseille to Innsbruck.DC paper says under citations and awards EAME TH SER MED w/2 BR STARS. he died 6/4/08
Monday, 28 May 2018 20:17
My Dad, Cleo B Roloson, also known as “Lee” and “Tex” served during WWII, beginning Jan. 9, 1942 through June, 1945. He was given a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a few other medals which I need to find out about. He hardly ever talked about the war but did love watching the old WWII movies and Combat. I have a collection of pictures he took during the war and he kept very good track of where he fought.
He had a friend he called “Erkstine” who is in many photos with him. I know it’s a long shot, but I would love to hear from anyone who knew him.
Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:02
My dad (Garland Taylor Graham) served with the 630 TD in WWII. His records were burnt in the 70's and dad never talked about the war. I do know he was in a fox hole at the Battle of the Bulge for many days. God Bless all that have served our country - you will never be forgotten!
Timothy R Sanders
Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:32
My father Charles w Sanders served with the 654th t d b co b headquarters . All the stories we were told growing up as kids can be found in the daily reports . Its amazing how acute the reports and memories matched . Can't imagine sneaking into the service at 15 , and serving in a war . I always acknowledge every veteran I meet , we will soon loose all the ww 11 vets.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:00
Bernard Poretz (my dad) was a member of the 601st. He trained at Fort Knox. I have the Company Picture marked "Co. B, 5th Armored Replacement Battalion - Capt Leroy S. Billman Comdg." taken on Feb 1942. I am looking for any information about him or any pictures of his battalion. His discharge papers had him as Co A 601st TD Bn.
Laura DeStephano Ishler
Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:24
My Dad was Samuel W.
DeStephano who served in
804 TDD, Co A. I sent some of Dad's photos to this site years ago. I thank you again for this wonderful site. If anyone has family who were in the 804th,
I would be happy to send paper copies of these photos to them.
Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:40
My father was Genova J. Marinelli. He was in the 802 tank destroyers from 1942 to the end of WWII He passed away February 12, 2014 at the age of 90. He was proud of his service and was a great example of the 802.
Rudy A. Calooy, Jr.
Monday, 12 March 2018 22:44
I am a commercial artist living in Killeen, TX., taking care of my 2 war, U.S. ARMY veteran, Dad. I am currently painting a mural for the City of Nolanville, TX., for their new city park. The park will be dedicated to the Gold Star Families, with a drive-a-round monument, in the park. My 120' mural will contain a brief, airbrushed history of Camp/Fort Hood. Your site had proved to be very informative, to my project. I will continue to watch for more updates, especially the photos.
Saturday, 03 March 2018 07:28
Greetings! Thank you for this website, very much enjoy it!
My Uncle was with the 805th, Carol “Charlie” Roefaro from Altoona PA. If there’s anyone that may have known or know of him, please contact me, very much appreciated!
I’m from the southern end of Lancaster County PA
Sunday, 25 February 2018 10:59
My father was 1st Sgt George (Beaver) Wood, Hdqtr Co, 802 nd TD Battalion. I grew up seeing my father and all his buddies at the picnics in Oyster Bay, Christmas parties at Hempstead armory and meetings at my house listening to all the stories and witnessing the camaraderie of these "Band of Brothers." Very proud of my Dad and all those that served in the "802"
Thursday, 22 February 2018 22:46
Hello, I am requesting assistance with obtaining info regarding my father CPL Bruno Lopez' service as a member of Company A, 640th TD Bn. He served in Pacific with 1st Cavalry and was at Liberation of Philippines. Can anyone help???
Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:11
My father was Albert E. Joern, who was with the 893, MSGT, who received Battlefield promotion to 2nd Lt. Bronze Star and retired from active duty with 30 years and then taught at Ft. Sill, OK
Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:40
My grandfather was Everett Ciampo. He was a first lieutenant in the 705th Tank Destroyers. I am grateful for this website as I found a picture of him and great information on his unit.
Saturday, 20 January 2018 19:22
My dad served in the 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. Battery C 384th Field Artillary. He was wounded July 31 1944 in Le Mesnil Herman Normandy France. His rank was Tec.5 Edward A.Quist U.S.Army. I served 8yrs. in the Army myself. Oct. 85-93. I have a album book The Fith Infantry Division in the ETO. I was trying to do some more research on the battalion & battles that he may have been in. any help would be appreciated thank you. Jon Quist
Al "Tiger" Schultz, Brentwood.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:11
Al "Tiger" Schultz was in t e 802 in WWII, Silver Star not sure of the rest. He passed 2Jul74. Buried in Pine Lawn. Would love to hear from anyone or relatives who may have known him. Still have service No. I was born in '49 so I remember some of the reunions. They were a big deal back then. Email above. Thanks, Bruce.
Bruce G. Schulltz
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:35
Al "Tiger" Schultz was in t e 802 in WWII, Silver Star no sure of the rest. He passed 2Jul74. Buried in Pine Lawn. Would love to hear from anyone or relatives who may have known him. Still have service No. I was born in '49 so I remember some of the reunions. They were a big deal back then. Email above. Thanks, Bruce.
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:00
I found the group picture and it was the 631st Tank Destroyer Battalion he served with in WWII. I remember over the years that he and First Sergeant Jamie Coker of Memphis, TN remained very good friends.
Msg Lester L Ross Ret
Sunday, 07 January 2018 01:57
I found a Unit Photo of HHC 661st TD among my fathers things after he passed. Lester Marvin Ross was one of the soldiers in the photo. He was born in 1911 so was one of the older soldiers in the unit, I have posted it on My Facebook web site. Under Lester L Ross from Iowa. My Dads Rank my guess was PFC from his discharge papers. He talked very little about his war experiences but I am researching what I can find about him or his in it.
Saturday, 06 January 2018 19:14
My father was PFC Robert P. Carlson. 821 TD. Battalion, 1 gun Co. B. I have several pictures from my fathers’ album. Would you want to include them? Thanks for this website and your work. John
Friday, 05 January 2018 12:29
My step-father, the late Charles E. Burleson of Shannon, MS, served with either the 631st Tank Destroyer Battalion and I would appreciate anyone with knowledge of his service contacting me. I honor and thank him for his service. He passed Dec 29, 1993 and is buried in Lee Memorial Park, Tupelo, MS.
Sunday, 24 December 2017 10:18
I wish you all a merry Christmas
my wishes for 2018
your site is awesome
Gerard, the person who found Hellums and his brothers-in-arms
I will never forget their sacrifice
Friday, 22 December 2017 21:27
My Grandpa James (Maurice A. James) was in Co C, 629th tank destroyer battalion. I am thrilled that I found this site! I know if he was still with us he would be happy to catch up with his old buddies!
Patrick A. Windsor Sr.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:27
My Father was T-4 Allie L. Windsor with C Company 605TD Battalion, he was a Tank driver and that is all I know he never shared anything about his service. He was from Alabama married my mom who was from Chicago, they made their home in Chicago, Dad was a bus driver for a period of time them became a Janitor and took care of 11 apartment buildings in Chicago then moved to a large apartment complex in the suburbs, until he retired, he passed away at the age of 65. My dad was a great man whom I loved a lot. If anyone knows anything about my dad I would love to hear from you.
Thursday, 07 December 2017 00:36
Great Grandson of Theodore Alders Stone, HQ 643rd TD Bn
Ferd (Mickey) E White Jr
Monday, 04 December 2017 14:14
My father Ferd E White Sr was a member of the 643 Tank Destroyer Bn. during World War II, He was very proud to be a member of that group. He had just passed away this June 27 2017 @ age 93, I have been sending some pictures and other correspondence to different groups involved with the 643rd Tank Destroyers. They have been very helpful in identifying some of the people in the pictures. I also notice there was a great grand daughter looking for information on her great grandfather who also belonged to the 643rd Tank Destroyer BN. I did find out he was buried in Wallingford Ct. 06492 back in 1958, He was a Maine native like my dad. My dad resided in Wallingford Ct since the early 50's.
Friday, 17 November 2017 18:19
I am looking for any information on John C Taylor
PVT TANK DESTROYER THG BN
WORLD WAR 11
Aug 1922 - June 1960
I have no idea where he took basic.
Thanks if you can help.
Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:47
Found my dads photo on your site. He served in the 705th tank destroyer battalion. William Powell. I have lots of photos with no idea who is in them or where they were taken.
Friday, 10 November 2017 20:40
My dad, Kenneth (Bill) Neves from Texas served with the 703rd. He went overseas on a shipped named Shawnee and i think he was with some of the first ones of 703rd in Normandy. If anyone recognizes name please contact me.I have his 703rd book. Thanks to all who served and are currently serving.
Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:26
Very complete and interesting website for people who live in Europe and want to know more about the soldiers who helped us to be free. Thanks again to Rob and his father . Jean-Bastogne.(Belgium).