703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Activated on 15 December at Camp Polk, Louisiana.  Landed in France on 1 July, 1944.  Saw first action near Hautes Vents on 13 July.  Participated in Cobra breakout at end of month.  Held in reserve during Mortain battle in August.  Crossed the River Seine on 26 August, reached the Siegfried Line in the vicinity of Eschweiler, Germany, by 12 September.  First battalion converted to M36's beginning 30 September.  Fought along West Wall until mid-December, then transferred to Ardennes after launch of German offensive.  Fought to reduce the Bulge in January, 1945  and joined drive to Cologne in February and early March.  Crossed Rhine River on 23 March near Honnef and participated in envelopment of the Ruhr.  Slashed east to stop line at Dessau by 14 April.  Attached to: 82d Airborne Division; 3d Armored Division; 1st Infantry Division.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. Used by permission.

Combat Equipment: 7/44 - M10; 10/44 - M36

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Prentice E. Yeoman (Original CO); Lt. Col. Wilbur E. Showalter

Code Name/s:  Amber

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:  Cologne, Germany

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  Article on the 3rd Armored's 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion from "Yank", The Army Weekly, December 3, 1944.

2.)  Short History of the 703rd - From the book, Spearhead in the West, the 3rd Armored Division's 260 page WWII History.

The following documents are from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

3.)  Operational Reports

           Jul. 1-31, 1944................7 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Aug. 1-31, 1944..............6 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Sep. 1-30, 1944.............11 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Oct. 1-31, 1944...............5 Pages (Summary. Some areas poor)

           Nov. 1-30, 1944..............6 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Dec. 1-31, 1944............11 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Dec. 20, 1944-Jan. 1, 1945.....5 Pages (Oper. w/82nd Airborne)

           Jan. 1-31, 1945............10 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Jan. 18, 1945.................7 Pages (Tank Destroyer Ops)

           January 1945..................5 Pages (A Company)

           Jaunary 1945..................3 Pages (B Company)

           January 1945..................4 Pages (C Company)

           Feb. 1-28, 1945............10 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

              Feb. 26-Mar. 7, 1945.......7 Pages (A. B & C Companies.  Some areas poor)

           Mar. 1-31, 1945............20 Pages (Includes casualties & awards. Some areas poor)

           Apr. 1-30, 1945............20 Pages (Some areas poor)

4.)  Miscellaneous Documents-from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.  (*)

           Medical Detachment, Annual Rpt, June 15, 1945........................14 Pages

           Troop Assignment #147, June 12, 1945....................................18 Pages

           After Combat Discussion, Oct 9, 1944.........................................4 Pages (*)

           Equipment Pick-up, Feb 15, 1945...............................................1 Page (*)

           Review of new M36, Oct 27, 1944..............................................4 Pages (*)

5.)  703rd TD Association Newsletters - These newsletters contain many personal rememberances, short stories, photos, happenings at reunions and many names of unit personnel.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

           March, 1990....................................8 Pages
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           March, 1991...................................16 Pages
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           March, 1992.....................................8 Pages
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           March, 1993....................................12 Pages
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           March, 1997......................................12 Pages
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           March, 1998.....................................12 Pages

           June, 1999.........................................8 Pages
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6.)  Photo Gallery

7.)  Christmas Card from 1944 - A 3rd Armored, "the Spearhead Division", Christmas card sent home to the family of Andrew Phillips.  Although the card is not marked, it appears to have been from Christmas of 1944 since it indicates "New York 1945" inside.

8.) Company B Group Photo - Taken while the unit was stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania, in the spring and summer of 1943.  They were there for over 7 months, which was their last training stop before heading to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey and final preparations before shipping to Europe. The Commanding Officer, Captain Merle Goodrich is seated 14th from the left in the first row. A second page containing many of the names was provided by Carol Misiaszek and her father, John Misiazek ,who served in the unit. The photo was provided courtesy of Karen O. Bray.