632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Established 15 December, 1941, at Camp Livingston, LA, from personnel of the 32nd Infantry Division.  Originally a Light Towed Battalion, they shipped from San Francisco Port of Embarkation on May 12, 1942, and arrived in Australia on May 12, 1942.  Landed New Guinea on Oct 28, 1943.  Landed Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944.  The 632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion was, essentially, treated as an organic unit of the 32nd Division.  It went to Australia with the 32nd Division.  Fought with the 32nd at Aitape and Saidor.  Went into the battle for Leyte with the 1st Cavalry Division, but later joined the 32nd on Leyte.  On Luzon, it was initially attached to the 13th Armored Group but subsequently served with 37th, 44th and 32nd Divisions.  Unit was deactivated at Camp Stoneman, CA, on Jan. 1, 1946.  Portions of of the History text from the website: www.32nd-division.org.

Combat Equipment:  1/44 - M10.

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Hugh M. Fanning; Maj. Malvin P. Wang (12/13/44)

Code Name/s:  Rover

Campaign Credits:  New Guinea.............Jan. 24, 1943 to Dec. 31, 1944

                                Leyte......................Oct. 17, 1944 to Jul. 1, 1945 (Amph. Assault)

                                Luzon.....................Jan. 9, to Jul. 4, 1945

Awards:  Distinguished Unit Citation

Location August 1945:  Philippine Islands

Additional Information/Materials:

The following documents are from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas (**).  Also courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian (***).

1.)   Various History Reports

              July 2, 1941 - Dec. 31, 1942.............................4 Pages (***)

              January 1 - Dec. 31, 1943...............................11 Pages (***)

              January - December 31, 1944..........................36 Pages (Inc. awards) (***)

              Hq Co, Oct 11, 1943-Feb. 11, 1944....................2 Pages (**)

              Hq Co., Desterity Op, Feb. 11-April 30, 1944......9 Pages (Inc. officer roster) (**)

              Hq Co, Persecution Op, May 1-Sept 30, 1944......6 Pages (Inc. officer roster) (**)

              Hq Co, M-1 Op, Dec 15, 1944-June 30, 1945......6 Pages (Inc. officer roster) (**)

              Co C, Desterity Op, Dec 31, 1943-Feb 6, 1944....6 Pages (**)

              Co C, Saidor Op, Feb 11-April 28, 1944.............5 Pages (Inc. officer roster) (**)

              Co C, 1st Platoon, June 28-Aug 25, 1944...........3 Pages (**)

              Co C, Aug 26-Sept. 30, 1944............................3 Pages (**)

              Oct. 1 - 31, 1945.............................................6 Pages (***)

              Nov. 1 - Dec 31, 1945......................................2 Pages (***)

              Brief History/Lineage........................................1 Page (***)

2.)   Field Orders

             #1 - Oct 6, 1944

             #5 - Oct. 26, 1944

             #14 - Nov. 29, 1944 (Annex 1 Only)

             #15 - Nov. 30, 1944

3.)  After Action Reports

            Ascom Operation - Sep 23 to Nov 30, 1944......18 Pages (Inc. officer roster) (***)

            Recon. Company - Sep. 23 to Nov. 30, 1944......7 Pages

            Company A - Sep. 23 to Nov. 30, 1944............20 Pages

            Company B - Sep. 23 to Nov. 30, 1944..............8 Pages (Inc. officer roster)

            Company C - Sep. 23 to Nov. 30, 1944............10 Pages (Inc. officer roster) (**)

4.)  Photo Gallery