Friday, 26 April 2019 12:40
Ladies and gentlemen. My father was S/Sgt. Leonard W. "Pappy" Haar who was in the Army Medical Corps as a medic and was stationed at Fort Hood, before he shipped out of New York to join a Tank Destroyer Battalion in France and then on to Germany. My dad mentioned that he was in the Battle of the Bulge. I believe he said he was in the 609th ten the 612th. Not really sure. He passed away 20 years ago, but just wanted to say "Thanks" to all his army buddies who took of him while he was over there. I;m proud of his service.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:51
My grandmother passed away last year and while sorting through her affairs, I found the American Flag, the dispatch and several affects of my great uncle John Solomos who was a member of the 704th TD BNI and died on Sept 18, 1944. I also served in the US Army for 20 years and had the privilege to visit his grave sight at the Lorraine Cemetary in St. Avold along with another great uncle that is buried there while stationed there in the 90’s.
I am building a shadow box for him and am looking for where I could purchase a patch, his unit crest and the unit citations so I may add them in the shadow box so my children can appreciate the sacrifice all these brave men made for our country.
I am honored to know my Great Uncle served with such an esteemed military unit.
Saturday, 23 March 2019 14:11
My grandfather also was part of one of the tank destroyer battalions. I cant remember what number but he was in the battle of the bulge and the hurtgen forest. I brought over a movie for him one time called when trumpets fade. He could not believe how accurate most of the movie was. He couldn't finish it. He was staff sergeant John F. Johnson. He passed several years ago. These were definitely the bravest and toughest men to walk this earth.
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:37
My name is Warren Johnson, and I’m researching the role my grandfather and his 5 brothers played in WW2 (they are all long since passed away). I’ve obtained a copy of my granduncle’s discharge papers Alfred V. Johnson, serial number 17106636.
I would have sent you an email but your “contact” tab isn’t working.
Alfred’s discharge papers state his unit was the HQ company of the 774th tank destroyer battalion.
I looked through a roster link on your page for the 774th and didn’t see his name.... I know that a lot of times guys were transferred to HQ units just prior to discharge for admin reasons, so I’m thinking is was probably somewhere else within the destroyer group, but not sure.
I really have no other info on this granduncle, so any help or information you may have would be greatly appreciated.
One of my other granduncles was a paratrooper on D-day, and I happen to be heading over to France this June for the 75th anniversary. If I can learn more about where my granduncle Alfred was as wel, I’d really like to visit some of the places he was..
Thanks so much for your time,
Anybody with any info please contact me at Johnson.firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 11 March 2019 10:58
I live 5 miles away from Climbach, France. Ashamed to say I only just learned about what happened there with the 614th TD attached to 411th infantry on 12/14/1944
What's worse is there is no memorial or anything in the whole area. Would like to use the contact page but it seems to be broken. Anyone want any information, feel free to contact me.
Friday, 01 March 2019 01:10
sam richards, my father was Eli N. Richards , 823rd TDB
Brenda Greczkowski Adler
Sunday, 24 February 2019 16:08
My Father, Chester M. Greczkowski,served in the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Anyone out there with information about the experiences shared by these men would be appreciated.
Jason Wilson Jones
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:54
My grandfather Henry C. Phillips served 813th
Leo Larsen JR
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:26
My father Leo Larsen Sr. served in CO. "C" 894th.
David G. Rackley
Monday, 18 February 2019 18:16
Greetings, my father, Homer Glenn Rackley served with the 636th TD Battalion. I would be honored to hear from anybody who might have known him.
Eletha V. Hamilton
Friday, 15 February 2019 14:30
My dad, Clinton T. Walker, Jr., was a member of the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion... Today, 15 February 2019, is the 36th anniversary of his death. Daddy was born in 1913. I truly appreciate this website, and want to learn as much as I can. Thank you.
Eletha V. Hamilton
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:34
I found a 1988 Reunion shirt of the 804th tank destroyer battalion, and a quick google search led me to this site. Very interesting to read about the history I am wearing!
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:34
My name is Gray Abbott, my father Wade P. Abbott served in company C , of the 801st tank destroyer battalion and I am trying to find a photo of him, can you help? I am also a veteran
Friday, 11 January 2019 12:29
Thanks for call today, Rob.
Good Luck with finding a 'Jeffreys'
Monday, 31 December 2018 22:44
My father, Albert Bachelder, was a member of the Tank Destroyers during WW2. He never spoke of his time in it so I know next to nothing other than he was a T-Sgt. In the 50s he held yearly reunions in the Lansing, MI area.
Friday, 28 December 2018 17:56
Thank you so very much for your dedication to preserve the records of our military personnel of WWII.
The records of my father, Pvt. George W Russell, of the 644th Tank Destroyer Bn, Headquarters Co, roster pg 70, were destroyed in the ''73 fire.
The only information the VA could send is a shell of a discharge and a statement acknowledging my father as being in the military. When I was a child, 3 purple hearts were stolen from me while playing with them.
If this email is read by anyone who can tell me how to view, or obtain group pictures, I certainly would appreciate it. I would also appreciate contact from anyone whose father was in this company and has any additional information that can be shared with me.
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.