795th Tank Destroyer Battalion (AA)

Unit History:  Formed on December 16, 1941, at Ft. Custer, MI, as a Heavy Self-Propelled unit.  Deactivated Apr. 24, 1944, at the Hampton Roads Port of embarkation.  The 795th was one of the few African-American TD units.

Combat Equipment:  N/A

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Theophilus Mann

Code Name/s:  N/A

Campaign Credits:   Continental U.S. Service Only

Awards:  None

Additional Information/Materials

The following documents were obtained from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

1.)  Unit History, Dec. 16, 1941-Feb. 28, 1943................6 Pages

2.)  General Orders - Numerous unit personnel are listed.

      1943.....................................................................4 Pages

      1944, Part 1.........................................................13 Pages

      1944, Part 2.........................................................19 Pages

3.)  Miscellaneous Documents

      Special Order #105, May 1, 1943.............................1 Page (Missing pages)

4.)  Recon. Company Group Photo - Done as a collage, both the Battalion Staff Officers and Reconnaissance Company Officers are shown and their names listed on the photo. The location of the photos is not identified but it is probably Fort Custer, Michigan, where the unit was activated. The photographer is identified as Spencer & Wyckoff of Detroit. Courtesy of Paul Stevens.

5.)  B Company Group Photo - Another collage image by Spencer & Wyckoff showing both the Company and Battalion Officers but there are no names listed. Courtesy of Paul Stevens.