612th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Activated on 25 June 1942 at Camp Swift, Texas, as a towed battalion.  Arrived at Greenock, Scotland, on 15 April, 1944.  Landed in France beginning 14 June and committed in the vicinity of Cerisy.  Fought at Vire during breakout in July and early August.  Moved to Brittany and supported siege and capture of Brest in late August and September.  Shifted to Belgium in October and supported operations against the Siegfried Line until December.  Engaged Germans in Honsfeld, Belgium, area at outbreak of Battle of the Bulge.  Converted to self-propelled battalion (M18's) beginning 29 December, 1944.  Joined attack through Monschau Forest in February 1945.  Crossed Rhine River in March, participated in race through central Germany to Leipzig in April.  Attached to: 9th Armored Division; 1st, 2nd, 9th, 99th Infantry divisions.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment:  6/44 - Towed 3" Gun; 1/45 - M18.

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Willis A. Hedden (6/25/42);  Lt. Col. Joseph M. Deeley (12/4/42);  Exec. Maj. James B. Kemp

Code Name/s:  Vertex

Campaign Credits:  Normandy......................Jun. 6, to Jul. 24, 1944

                                Northern France...............Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944

                                Rhineland........................Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. 21, 1945

                                Ardennes-Alsace...............Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan 25, 1945

                                Central Europe..................Mar. 22, to May 11, 1945

Awards:  Croix De Guerre (French or Belgium "Cross of War")

Location August 1945:  Bonn, Germany

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  612th Tank Destroyer Battalion website - Very detailed site with a lot of information on the unit and the unit's Association.

2.)  History of the 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion - Written by members of the unit and printed by Novy Vsetisk of Pizen, Czechoslovakia in 1945.  This version has been re-typed and includes listings of Commendations, Decorations, Wounded, MIA and KIA personnel.  Used by permission of the 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion Association. 

3.)  Camp Kilmer to Victory - Expanded History of the 612th TD Bn. written by Sergeant S. E. Mestrezat.  Used by permission of the 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion Association. 

4.)  Roster of Company A - Taken from reports and provides only last names, rank and assignments.  Used by permission of the 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion Association.

5.)  Operations of 612th TD Bn in the Battle of the Bulge - This Advanced Infantry Officers Course document was written by Maj. James B. Kemp (Exec. Officer) and pulls from his personal experience during the action, which took place from December 16 - 31, 1944, in the vicinity of Elsenborn Corner, Belgium.

6.)  After Action Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.             

              June 14-30, 1944................3 Pages

              Jul. 1 - 31, 1944..................1 Page

              Aug. 1 - 31, 1944................2 Pages

              Sep. 1 - 30, 1944.................2 Pages

              Oct. 1 - 31, 1944.................2 Pages

              Nov. 1 - 30, 1944................1 Page

              Dec. 1 - 31, 1944................2 Pages

              Jan. 1-31, 1945..................2 Pages

              Feb. 1 - 28, 1945................2 Pages

              Mar. 1-31, 1945..................3 Pages

              Apr. 1 - 30, 1945................2 Pages

              May 1 - 8, 1945..................1 Pages

7.)  Unit Journals - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Knasas.  NOTE:  These documents contain information on awards, combat casualties, personnel losses for medical reasons and personnel transfers after the end of combat.

              Nov. 1-30, 1944................30 Pages

              Dec. 1-31, 1944.................39 Pages

              Jan. 1-31, 1945.................36 Pages

              Feb. 1-28, 1945.................36 Pages

              Mar. 1-31, 1945.................49 Pages

              Apr. 1-30, 1945.................41 Pages

              May, 1-31, 1945................32 Pages

              June 1-30, 1945................30 Pages

8.)  Unit Histories - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

              June 25, 1942-Dec. 31, 1944..17 Pages

              Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1944..............21 Pages (Includes awards)

              Dec. 1-31, 1944......................4 Pages

              Jan. 1-31, 1945......................3 Pages (Includes casualties & promotions)

              Feb. 1-28, 1945......................5 Pages (Includes awards, casualties & promotions)

              Mar. 1-31, 1945......................7 Pages (Includes awards, casualties & promotions)

              Apr. 1-30, 1945......................6 Pages (Includes awards, casualties & promotions)

              May 1-31, 1945.......................3 Pages (Includes awards & casualties)

              June 1-30, 1945......................2 Pages (Includes awards)

              July 1-31, 1945.......................2 Pages (Includes awards)

              Aug. 1-31, 1945......................2 Pages (Includes awards)

9.)  Miscellaneous Documents - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

              Various Files, 1942, 1944..........................................3 Pages

              Various Orders, 1942-45.........................................52 Pages (Includes awards & transfers)

              Coat of Arms Correspondence, 1944..........................2 Pages

              Commendation Ltr, Co. B, Nov. 15, 1944...................2 Pages

              Warburg Narrative, Mar. 31, 1945.............................3 Pages

              Distinguished Unit Citation Recommendation, 1945...16 Pages

              Medical Detachment Rpt., Sept. 20, 1945..................14 Pages

              General Order #89, Deactivation, Oct. 26, 1945..........1 Page

              612th Newsletter, 1987...........................................14 Pages

              Index to Unit Records-These are the unit files available from the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.  If you are interested in purchasing copies, please contact us and we can help you with the process.